The Future. André 3000 is taking the release of his debut solo album, New Blue Sun, to the next level by releasing an album-long visualization in IMAX. It’s a one-night engagement, but its success could spur other artists to make headline-making listening parties more globally accessible.
Big screen bangers
André 3000’s long, flute-centric songs are getting the big-screen treatment.
- New Blue Sun is being shown on January 23rd as an “album listening cinematic experience,” per Hypebeast. Tickets are already available.
- Following the visual album, there will be a livestreamed Q&A with André and director Terence Nance (Random Acts of Flyness).
- And with the experience executive-produced by Academy Award-nominated cinematographer Bradford Young (Arrival), you know that it’ll be beautiful.
The past year has been a banner age for the collab between music and film — Taylor Swift and Beyoncé both released hit concert films, Travis Scott took his Circus Maximus movie to theaters, and Jennifer Lopez dropped the star-studded trailer for This is Me…Now: The Film.
It’s as if the way to eventize albums in the age of streaming is to make them cinema.