Beyonce released her single “Spirit” on July 10 in anticipation of Disney’s live-action remake of “The Lion King,” which opens on July 19 and features the song. Now it has a music video to go along with it. The clip premiered during “Can You Feel the Love Tonight,” a July 16 special on ABC — which is also owned by Disney, because synergy. Watch it above.
The video features Beyonce, an appearance by her daughter Blue Ivy Carter, and a troupe of African dancers under Havasu Falls in the Grand Canyon. And this isn’t the first time Beyonce has used a famous location to shoot a video; she famously closed down the Louvre Museum in France for “Apeshit,” her duet with Jay-Z.
In addition to this original song, Beyonce also produced and curated a compilation album to go along with the film titled “The Lion King: The Gift.” Discussing the album with ABC, she said, “This soundtrack is a love letter to Africa and I wanted to make sure we found the best talent from Africa, and not just use some of the sounds and did my interpretation of it. I wanted it to be authentic to what is beautiful about the music in Africa.”
Hans Zimmer composed the score for the original 1994 animated “Lion King” and the current remake, and he told Huffington Post about Beyonce’s “Spirit,” “Every musician has a habit of when they come into the room to play you something for the first time … We’re all just a tiny little bit nervous how it lands. Of course, everybody’s reaction — we absolutely adored it. It was absolutely perfect for the film.” They loved “Spirit” so much they included it within the film instead of just over the end credits as originally planned.
Beyonce co-wrote “Spirit” with Ilya Salmanzadeh and Labrinth, so it could earn her her first Oscar nomination for Best Original Song. And “The Gift,” which drops on July 19 just like the movie, could potentially add to her Grammy haul too. What do you think of the song and the video that goes along with it?
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