Beyoncé Premieres “Spirit” From “The Lion King: The Gift” Album

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Beyoncé has premiered a powerful new song called “Spirit" which will appear on an album she curated for Disney’s 
The Lion King. “This is sonic cinema. This is a new experience of storytelling,” Beyoncé says of The Lion King: The Gift companion album. “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 adds, “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.” According to Pitchfork, the LP will be released separately from the official soundtrack on July 19, the same day the film hits theaters.