Is Beyoncé Releasing New Music Soon? Here’s What We Know About ‘The Lion King: The Gift’

The queen of the music industry is about the become the queen of the Pride Lands. Beyoncé Knowles-Carter is featured on the soundtrack for Disney’s live-action The Lion King, as well as The Lion King: The Gift, an album produced and curated by Queen Bey. Here’s what we know about The Lion King: The Gift and Beyoncé’s new music projects.

Beyoncé | Photo by Jean Baptiste Lacroix/WireImage

Beyoncé Knowles-Carter stars as Nala in Disney’s live-action ‘The Lion King’

Hot off the heels of her Netflix documentary, Homecoming, Beyoncé stars in the upcoming Disney live-action adaptation of The Lion King, premiering in the United States on July 19. The artist voices the character Nala and appears alongside actors like Donald Glover, Seth Rogen, and Keegan-Michael Key.

Naturally, Beyoncé took her relationship with Disney up a notch. In addition to being featured on The Lion King’s soundtrack, Beyoncé produced and curated Disney’s album, entitled The Lion King: The Gift.

Disney's "THE LION KING"
Donald Glover, Beyoncé Knowles-Carter, and Chiwetel Ejiofor | Photo by Jesse Grant/Getty Images for Disney

Beyoncé produced and curated ‘The Lion King: The Gift’ and premiered the song ‘Spirit’

There’s good news for fans of Beyoncé. According to Disney, the artist played a role in creating a new, Lion King-inspired album, entitled The Lion King: The Gift. This album is separate from the original movie soundtrack and includes songs from global recording artists.

On this album, Beyoncé featured some of her favorite musicians. Still, she tied the songs together with the influence of African music, art, and culture. According to a statement, the songs also “pay tribute to the iconic film and bring the authentic sounds of African music to the world.” Beyoncé elaborated on her musical choices.

“I wanted to put everyone on their own journey to link the storyline,” Beyoncé said. “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.”

When does ‘The Lion King: The Gift’ release?

On July 10, 2019, following the premiere of Disney’s The Lion King, Beyoncé shared a single with her pride. The song, entitled “Spirit,” is the first track to be released from The Lion King: The Gift. Disney releases the remaining songs on July 19. In the meantime, fans can listen to “Spirit” on Spotify, Apple Music, and other music streaming platforms.

“Hopefully my neighbors don’t mind this midnight blast of new Beyoncé music ‘Spirit’ for The Lion King, which ~requires~ a full volume Sonos first listen,” said one Twitter user. “I don’t make the rules, I just follow them!”

Additionally, Disney features Beyoncé on the original motion picture soundtrack for the live-action The Lion King. She sings “Can You Feel The Love Tonight” along with artist Donald Glover. The soundtrack for this movie premieres digitally on July 11 and physically on July 19.

Disney’s live-action The Lion King premieres in the United States on July 19, 2019.