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Along with the red-carpet world premiere of The Lion King, a new single from Beyoncé's upcoming conjoined album dropped on July 9. 

The star-studded cast stepped out in the most stunning red carpet attire, and Beyoncé looked like royalty as per usual. The fun wasn't just for the cast and crew of the film, though. Queen B graced our ears with a phenomenal song, "Spirit," that has Twitter already screaming out Oscar predictions. 

As fans prepare for the film's theatrical release on July 18 with new makeup and attire inspired by the movie, they must now also get ready for an entire musical album debuting alongside the film. The gift to listeners is appropriately titled The Lion King: The Gift and is entirely curated and produced by the musical genius herself. Plus, it features global artists inspired by the sounds of Africa. 

The Knowles-Carter family glowed at last night's The Lion King premiere while Bey was subtly dropping new music from the movie.

Beyoncè and her 7-year-old daughter, Blue Ivy, wore matching shimmery black skirts with structured embellished blazers. Beyoncé plays Nala in the upcoming CGI-animated remake of The Lion King and serves as a producer on the combined movie album. In 2010, the musician created her own production company, Parkwood Entertainment, so she's no stranger to producing, which makes her a perfect curator for the upcoming album. 

The new single is called "Spirit," and it's available on all of Beyoncé's streaming platforms including Spotify, Tidal, and Apple Music.  

Ahead of the film's world premiere in LA, the first new single dropped on all streaming platforms. The movie's Twitter account also posted an announcement that the full album is expected at the same time the film hits theaters. 

"'The Lion King: The Gift,' an album featuring global artists & steeped in the sounds of Africa, produced & curated by @Beyonce Knowles-Carter, will release 7/19. 'Spirit,' the single from the album & soundtrack for The Lion King, will be available tonight," the movie's Twitter account shared a link to the song.

Beyoncé cultivated works from some of her favorite African artists to create a genuine piece of art to go along with the film. 

The Rap-Up shared a quote from the artist about the importance of authenticity when crafting the associated album. "'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 tweet reads. 

In a press release, the album is described as "a love letter to Africa." The press release also reveals that the work "features a beautiful, multi-genre symphony, steeped in African influences from various corners of the Continent, with unexpected collaborations, pulsating rhythms and crisp production that celebrate the African diaspora." 

Some fans are already feeling Oscar-bait vibes. 

"Oh, she's coming for that Best Original Song Oscar," one musician wrote on Twitter. Some think she is well on her way to acquiring the coveted "EGOT" title, which applied to those who've won Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, and Tony awards. 

The award-winning artist has already nabbed a Grammy and came so close to winning an Emmy for her visual album Lemonade after it received four nominations. Her 2006 film Dreamgirls earned her her first Oscar nomination, but this Lion King album could get her to half of the prestigious honor. Of course, she's yet to make her Broadway debut in order to nab a Tony, but I wouldn't put it past her. 

Not surprisingly, the internet is already in love with the song and can't wait for the rest of the album to release. 

This clip of a woman crying at her computer screen is everyone listening to the new single. The gospel influence comes through in the song paired with B's incredible vocal range. 

"This is sonic cinema... 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," Beyoncé said in a statement.

The only way to listen to the powerful musical number is on high volume. 

The soundtrack to the film featuring all of the iconic songs is still to be expected, but Beyoncé's new album is a welcome addition that broadens the storytelling. 

Fans certainly aren't complaining, although neighbors might be. One fan tweeted, "Hopefully my neighbors don’t mind this midnight blast of new @Beyonce music #Spirit for #TheLionKing, which ~requires~ a full volume Sonos first listen. I don’t make the rules, I just follow them!"

The song will be featured in a pivotal scene with Nala, according to the press release.

Apparently every song on the upcoming album will be connected to a moment in the movie. The first single released will be featured in a scene with Nala at some point in the film. 

"I wanted to put everyone on their own journey to link the storyline... 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...," the artist revealed. 

The director of the remake, Jon Favreau, took advantage of the incredible artistry of musicians such as Beyoncé and Donald Glover aka Childish Gambino working on the film. 

In a trailer featuring behind-the-scenes looks at the making of the movie and the famous actors behind the iconic characters, Favreau lauds the musical talents of his two leads and the difference it has made in the re-creation of the movie. The film's original composers — Elton John, Tim Rice, and Hans Zimmer — have signed back onto the project, plus Pharrell, Beyoncé, and Donald Glover lend their musical talents. 

The character of Nala has been given more screen time, plus a new song (most likely the latest single), Favreau revealed in an interview with Fandango. "We have all the original songs, but there's a song that she performed and wrote in the spirit of the production...," he said.