Disney announces ‘The Lion King: The Gift’ album produced, curated by Beyonce

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Beyonce has described the album, called The Lion King: The Gift, as "sonic cinema".

Beyonce, 37, and Blue Ivy Carter, 7, were the queens of The Lion King premiere.

Ahead of the premiere, Beyoncé (Nala), Donald Glover (Simba), Billy Eichner (Timon), Seth Rogen (Pumbaa) and the cast walked the Hollywood red carpet hours before film critics released their first reactions. "The Lion King... was more than anything I ever could've wanted", she wrote.

The first single, Beyonce's Spirit, was released Wednesday and the first words you hear are in Swahili.

While some are disappointed by the CGI animals' lack the "charisma" of their animate forebears, fans and critics are roundly praising the soundtrack, which leans heavily on the highly acclaimed original, produced by Hans Zimmer.

The Wrap reporter Beatrice Verhoeven said The Lion King is a "visual masterpiece". "The OG Lion King still holds my heart forever, but this version is beautifully crafted by Jon Favreau, aptly voiced by great talent and [gave] me all the feels [of] being back on Pride Rock".

The live-action remake of 1994 classic sees Donald Grover voice Simba while Beyonce doubled up as Nala. It is a mixture of genres and collaboration that isn't one sound.

Shah Rukh Khan says he generally does not look for moral lessons in a film but believes the story of "The Lion King" is important because it talks about the precious bond between a parent and child.

"(The original film) is such a big part of who I was", Glover continued, adding he felt the weight of his role especially during his duet of "Can You Feel the Love Tonight?" with co-star Beyoncé. In a release, Beyoncé revealed that The Gift will offer the listener a panorama of African sounds, as well as more cosmopolitan helpings of pop, hip-hop and R&B.

While SRK voices Mufasa, his son Aryan Khan will lend his voice to Simba.



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