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 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.