Beyonce Releases New Single Ahead of ‘The Lion King’

As Beyoncé gears up for The Lion King premiere on July 19, she’s also dropping new music.

The singer is the executive producer of The Lion King: The Gift, a “musical ode to the classic story,” according to a press release, which adds that Beyonce “curated a masterful recording, a robust soundscape bringing together some of her favorite artists with the most talented and important African artists of the day to both pay tribute to the iconic film and bring the authentic sounds of African music to the world.”

Her new single “Spirit,” centers around a pivotal Nala scene.

“This is sonic cinema,” she said in the press release. “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.”

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