We enjoy their music, we sing their songs in the club, but sometimes we don’t understand the hard work and determination that goes behind it. Music artists are more than what they release and Netflix has captured that perfectly. But we have to remember, the industry isn’t always full of hope, which many on the following list reiterates. Check out these music documentaries that need to be watched!
Homecoming: A Film By Beyoncé
Beyonce fans went wild for this closer look at Beyonce’s journey to Coachella, and we feel like you should enjoy the experience too. The concert film, which premiered last year, highlights the training and choreography that went behind the show, with a cool insight into how Beyoncé lost her baby weight after the twins. We, of course, get to see Beyoncé’s set at Coachella, which made us want to book tickets straight away! Beyoncé was reported to have accepted a $60 million deal for the film! Cash them cheques, girls!
Fyre: The Greatest Festival That Never Happened
By now you will have heard about the festival that nightmares are made of, but this documentary will still have you shook when you hear the horrific details! Thousands of people headed to a private island where they were promised the ultimate and most luxurious music experience, only to arrive in pure carnage and chaos. The documentary captures the lead up and the aftermath, including the entrepreneur who fooled everyone into the disaster, with huge names also destroyed, including Ja Rule and a handful of supermodels. Seriously worth a watch.
Lady Gaga: Five Foot Two
A 2017 documentary film that follows Lady Gaga around – sounds pretty simple, but the life of the pop star is far from it. We can feel her excitement as she finds out she has the part in A Star Is Born and the preparation she goes through on the run up towards the Super Bowl halftime show. But we also get a heartbreaking look into what most celebrities try to hide. Relatives who have passed away, a break up with their partner and the physical and mental pain that comes with being a star. This documentary really does make you feel closer to Lady Gaga in some way and we love it.
Travis Scott: Look Mom I Can Fly
We sometimes struggle to understand the creative process an artist goes through and how they create the music that we listen to and enjoy today. Travis Scott’s recent documentary helps us to understand this. His famous ‘Astroworld’ album and tour sent shockwaves – a relatively small rap artist was suddenly a household name. The intimate documentary gives us a look into the hard work Scott puts in and why Astroworld was so special to him. We also get to see his fight to win a Grammy, the controversy he has to face regarding his gigs, and how fatherhood has now become a huge part of his life. You don’t have to be a fan of his work to appreciate this music documentary, but it’s worth it just to see his adorable daughter Stormi!
27: Gone Too Soon
There are so many artists that we truly adore, but life can be incredibly cruel sometimes. Not only can it be cruel, but very strange. This documentary looks into the famous artists who, by coincidence, all died at the age of 27. Amy Winehouse, Jimi Hendrix, and Kurt Cobain are a few of many that sadly passed away at a young age. The documentary delves into unseen footage and interviews with critics and medical experts who try to understand the bizarre fate of these beloved music artists.
Surviving R Kelly
The music industry isn’t always what we think it is. Surviving R Kelly proves to us that we only witness one part. Many of us will have grown up listening to R Kelly’s songs. From I Believe I Can Fly to Ignition, most people will be able to name and reel off one of the R&B artist’s songs. Yet it seems we were blinded for the past two decades. While releasing new music, Kelly was also being accused of sexual abuse from several women. This docuseries gives the survivors a platform to detail what they had to endure, while listeners were clueless about what was happening behind closed doors.
The Defiant Ones
You may all remember a few years ago when Beats headphones were the biggest craze about. But what many of us don’t know is that Dr. Dre and Jimmy Iovine were the geniuses behind the idea. This four-part docuseries exhibit both their individual and combined success – from Dre’s solo music achievements to Iovine’s production skills with huge artists like U2. We also get to see the duo make history as their company was sold to Apple for $3 billion, amazing!
Netflix’s most recent music documentary, Miss Americana, is another reminder of why we should be kind to artists. The film reveals a side which we seem to have forgotten about with Taylor Swift. It seems like in recent years, Swift is known for her celebrity beef and lastest beau rather than the music in which many have loved for years. Miss Americana gives us an insight into the songwriter, with the importance of harnessing the power of being a woman!
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