Disney’s “The Lion King” hits theaters on July 19th and the studio released a new track from Beyoncé that’s featured in the film. With 23-time Grammys, fans get excited every time that Beyoncé releases a new song, but this one also comes from one of the most anticipated movies of the summer.
The song is called “Spirit,” and it’s part of a pivotal scene with Beyoncé’s character Nala in the movie. The track was written for the film by IIya Salmanzadeh, Timothy McKenzie, and Beyoncé and is produced by Beyoncé and IIya and Labrinth.
“This is sonic cinema,” said Beyoncé. “This is a new experience of storytelling. I wanted to do more than find a collection of songs that were inspired by the film. It is a mixture of genres and collaboration that isn’t one sound. It is influenced by everything from R&B, pop, hip hop and Afro Beat.”
“I wanted to put everyone on their own journey to link the storyline,” she continued. “Each song was written to reflect the film’s storytelling that gives the listener a chance to imagine their own imagery, while listening to a new contemporary interpretation. It was important that the music was not only performed by the most interesting and talented artists but also produced by the best African producers. Authenticity and heart were important to me.”
“The Lion King” original motion picture soundtrack is produced by Hans Zimmer and Jon Favreau, and a multi-artist album called “The Lion King: The Gift” is releasing on July 19th.
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