Solange appeared as the musical guest on last night’s SNL (Nov 5), performing ‘Cranes in the Sky’ and ‘Don’t Touch My Hair’.
Both songs are taken from Knowles’ latest album ‘A Seat at the Table’ – her first full album since ‘Sol-Angel And The Hadley St Dreams’ in 2008 and 2012’s ‘True’ EP.
Sherlock and Dr.Strange star Benedict Cumerbatch hosted the show and introduced Solange before her first live performances of the songs. You can watch ‘Cranes in the Sky’ and ‘Don’t Touch My Hair’ below.
Solange and Sampha got lit for Don't Touch My Hair 😩😍 pic.twitter.com/PnyDKcbptO
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‘A Seat at the Table’ sold 72,000 equivalent album units in its first week of release, including 46,000 traditional album sales, to give Solange her first number one record on the Billboard chart. She beat Bon Iver‘s ’22, A Million’, which sold 71,000 units to make it to number two.
‘A Seat At The Table’ features 21 songs, although eight of those are interludes. Guest cameos come from Kelly Rowland, Lil Wayne, Q-Tip, The-Dream, Sampha, Moses Sumney, Dev Hynes, BJ The Chicago Kid, Sean Nicholas Savage, Nia Andrews and Kelela. Solange has described the album as: “A project on identity, empowerment, independence, grief and healing.”
Speaking to The Fader, Solange said of comparisons to Beyoncé’s politically-charged ‘Lemonade’ album: “We have the same mother and the same father. We grew up in the same household, and so we had and heard the same conversations,” she began.
“These very politically-charged, socially-charged conversations… It shouldn’t be surprising that two people who grew up in the same household with the same parents who are very, very aware — just like everyone else is — of all of the inequalities and the pain and suffering of our people right now, would create art that reflects that.”