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Beyonce Produces & Performs On THE LION KING: THE GIFT Album Featuring Songs Inspired By The Film.
It was revealed today that Beyonce will release a new album titled, “The Lion King: The Gift” which will feature an array of songs inspired by the film, performed by global artists.
An original single titled, “Spirit” written and performed by Queen Bey is expected to drop tonight here.
Co-written by IIya Salmanzadeh and Timothy McKenzie, Variety reports that the song will be featured in the film during “an emotional “Lion King” scene involving Beyonce’s character Nala.”
The singer discussed the project in a new statement, saying, “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.”
She continued, “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. 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 full album will be released in conjunction with the film’s opening on July 19. The film’s official soundtrack will be released by Walt Disney Records on July 11.
DOWNTON ABBEY’s Hugh Bonneville Joins Cast of Netflix Holiday Musical JINGLE JANGLE
Downton Abbey’s Hugh Bonneville has joined the cast of Netflix’s first live-action original musical Jingle Jangle, according to Deadline. Bonneville will star alongside Forest Whitaker in the holiday film.
A cobblestone world comes to life in the event holiday musical tale of an embattled toymaker, his precocious granddaughter, and a magical invention, that if they can get it to work in time for the holidays, could change their lives forever.
Whitaker will play “Jeronicus Jangle,” a once-great inventor who has lost his belief in himself and his inventions, he stumbles upon a SECOND CHANCE when his granddaughter comes to town for the holidays.
The cast also includes Keegan-Michael Key, Phylicia Rashad, Tony winner Anika Noni Rose, and newcomer Madalen Mills. Bonneville can be seen next in the highly-anticipated Downton Abbey feature film. He was also recently seen in Paddington 2. Bonneville also starred in SHADOWLANDS at Chichester Festival Theatre this past April.
Jingle Jangle will be released in 2020.