Beyoncé is blessing us with new music and we are so ready for it!
Disney announced on Tuesday that Mrs. Carter will be curating and producing a new album, The Lion King: The Gift. The first song from album, “Spirit,” was released Tuesday night and will also feature on the film’s soundtrack.
The album, which drops the same day as the highly-anticipated Disney live-action remake on July 19, will be “steeped in the sounds of Africa” and feature a number of global musicians.
“This is sonic cinema,” Beyoncé said of the record in a statement. “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.”
Both The Lion King and The Lion King: The Gift debut on July 19.