Now we know why Disney decided to do an all-CGI remake (although, it’s supposed to be GAME CHANGING!) of their cartoon movie The Lion King. It isn’t just because those greedy overlords at Disney knew that they could throw their logo on any summertime movie and it’ll allow them to say, “Sure, order four!”, with ease when Mickey Mouse calls asking if he can order another crate of vintage Dom Perignon while partying with his side-hos and Leonardo DiCaprio on his yacht in Italy somewhere. They knew that if they got Beyonce to graciously possess the body of a CGI Nala with her ethereal holiness, they might also get her to make an entire Lion King album, and then they’d make even more money.
Well, Mickey Mouse can go ahead and make it rain $1,000 cashiers checks instead of $100 bills on his yacht girls this summer, because Beyonce (and her ghost curators) has curated an entire album inspired by The Lion King.
Beyonce is a gift to the universe and anything that has the sense of hearing and eyesight, but this summer, she’s a special gift to Disney. So naturally, the album is called The Lion King: The Gift (out July 11) and will feature artists from around the world doing songs inspired by the movie. Beyonce said this about The Gift in a statement:
“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.”
The first song from the album called Spirit is cooed out by Beyonce and was released into ear holes last night. I can’t lie, I got excited about 30 seconds into the song, because I thought Beyonce was singing “tay tay in the wind” and I thought it was a nod to Nell, which seems weird for a song inspired by The Lion King, but I’ll never question a nod to Nell. But Beyonce’s singing, “ya ya in the wind.” Boo. The rest of the song is why the lion sleeps tonight, and should be called Call You Feel The Ambien Kick In?
But no matter what I think, the BeyHive is probably going to make the Billboard charts say, “Old Town Who?” by sending Spirit to #1.
The premiere for The Lion King also happened in Hollywood last night, and Beyonce gave us Josephine Baker in Harald Gloockler’s casual lounging outfit while posing with Jay-Z and Blue Ivy Carter.
And if you want to see Seth Rogen as a suburban pimp and Donald Glover as the most popular husband at a 70s key party, there’s all that and more (but sadly, no James Earl Jones) in the gallery below: