Beyoncé Announces “Spirit” From ‘The Lion King: The Gift’ Soundtrack

UPDATE: “Spirit” is here, and it’s a soaring ballad with a flawless vocal. Press play below.

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Finally! From the moment Beyoncé signed up for the live action reboot of The Lion King, fans have been holding out for new material. Those hopes were seemingly dashed when Disney revealed the tracklist of the official soundtrack. However, it turns out that Queen Bey is getting her own album. Well, kind of. “The Lion King: The Gift, an album featuring global artists [and] steeped in the sounds of Africa” will be released on July 19 according to the film’s official social media accounts. Not only that, but the project was produced and curated by Beyoncé.

And we won’t have to wait long to hear music from it. The album’s lead single is called “Spirit” and it drops tonight (July 9). While it wasn’t explicitly stated in the announcement, it is safe to presume that the “Formation” hitmaker is performing the song herself. (There’s a pre-order link that redirects to her website). If “Spirit” is more “Listen” and less “Rise Up,” Beyoncé stands a pretty good shot of being nominated for a Best Original Song Oscar. After all, it’s what she deserves.

“Spirit”

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