The Lion King (soundtrack)

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The Lion King: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
Soundtrack album by Elton John and Hans Zimmer
Released May 30, 1994
Recorded Fall 1993 – May 1994
Media Ventures, Los Angeles
Ocean Way Studios, Los Angeles
Snake Ranch, London
Angel Studios, London
BOP studios, Mmabatho
Genre Pop, world, soundtrack
Length 46:21
Label Walt Disney
Producer Hans Zimmer, Mark Mancina, Jay Rifkin, Chris Thomas
Walt Disney Animation Studios chronology
Aladdin
(1992)
The Lion King
(1994)
Pocahontas
(1995)
Elton John chronology
Duets
(1993)
The Lion King: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
(1994)
Made in England
(1995)
Singles from The Lion King: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
  1. "Can You Feel the Love Tonight"
    Released: May 12, 1994
  2. "Circle of Life"
    Released: August 9, 1994
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 2/5 stars[1]
Robert Christgau C[2]
Filmtracks 4/5 stars[3]
Vox (3/10)[4]
Filmtracks 4/5 stars[5]
Sputnikmusic 5/5[6]

The Lion King: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack is the original motion picture soundtrack for the 1994 Disney animated film, The Lion King. It contains songs from the film written by Elton John and Tim Rice, and a score composed by Hans Zimmer. Elton John has a dual role of performer for several tracks. Additional performers include Carmen Twillie, Jason Weaver, Rowan Atkinson, Whoopi Goldberg, Jeremy Irons, Cheech Marin, Jim Cummings, Nathan Lane, Ernie Sabella, and Sally Dworsky. The album was released on May 30, 1994 on CD and audio cassette. The soundtrack was recorded in three different countries: the U.S., the U.K. and South Africa. It is the best-selling soundtrack album to an animated movie in the U.S. with over 7 million copies sold, with 4,934,000 copies sold in 1994.[7]

An expanded version of The Lion King soundtrack, featuring 30 minutes of previously-unreleased material, was released as part of the Walt Disney Records: The Legacy Collection series on June 24, 2014. In 2014, Hot Topic released a vinyl picture disc of the soundtrack. [8]

Track listing[edit]

All music composed by Elton John and Tim Rice (Tracks 1–5, 10-14), and Hans Zimmer (Tracks 6-9).

The Lion King (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)[9]
No. Title Performer(s) Length
1. "Circle of Life"   Carmen Twillie and Lebo M. 3:59
2. "I Just Can't Wait to Be King"   Jason Weaver, Rowan Atkinson, and Laura Williams 2:50
3. "Be Prepared"   Jeremy Irons, Whoopi Goldberg, Cheech Marin, and Jim Cummings 3:40
4. "Hakuna Matata"   Nathan Lane, Ernie Sabella, Jason Weaver, and Joseph Williams 3:33
5. "Can You Feel the Love Tonight"   Joseph Williams, Sally Dworsky, Nathan Lane, Ernie Sabella, and Kristle Edwards 2:57
6. "This Land"   Hans Zimmer 2:55
7. "...To Die For"   Hans Zimmer 4:17
8. "Under the Stars"   Hans Zimmer 3:45
9. "King of Pride Rock"   Hans Zimmer 5:59
10. "Circle of Life"   Elton John 4:51
11. "I Just Can't Wait to Be King"   Elton John 3:37
12. "Can You Feel the Love Tonight" (End Title) Elton John 4:01
Total length:
46:40
The Lion King: Special Edition[10]
No. Title Artist(s) Length
13. "The Morning Report"   James Earl Jones, Jeff Bennett and Evan Saucedo 1:36
14. "Can You Feel the Love Tonight" (Remix) Elton John 4:08
15. "Circle of Life" (from Disneymania 2) Disney Channel Circle of Stars 4:10
Total length:
6:04

The Legacy Collection release[edit]

Walt Disney Records released an expanded edition of The Lion King soundtrack containing an additional thirty minutes of previously-unheard material from the film, as well as a collection of demo versions of cues.[8] This version of the album contains a new remastered mix by Alan Meyerson.

Chart and commercial success[edit]

The soundtrack shipped over 10 million copies in the U.S. and eventually went 10x platinum in 1995, thus becoming the biggest-selling soundtrack ever from an animated film. Its certification was promoted to Diamond when the award was instituted in 1999. According to Nielsen Soundscan the soundtrack, as of April 2014, has sold a total of 7.873 million copies in the US.[7] It is also the best-selling vinyl album in the Nielsen SoundScan era (starting 1991), with 1,043,000 copies sold as of June 2014.[11]

In 2010, Rhapsody called it one of the all-time great Disney & Pixar Soundtracks.[12]

Charts[edit]

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Sales/shipments
Australia (ARIA)[36] 4× Platinum 280,000^
Austria (IFPI Austria)[37] Platinum 50,000x
Canada (Music Canada)[38] Diamond 1,000,000^
France (SNEP)[39] 4× Platinum 1,249,300[40]
Japan (RIAJ)[41] Gold 100,000^
Poland (ZPAV)[42] Gold 50,000*
Sweden (GLF)[43] Gold 50,000^
Switzerland (IFPI Switzerland)[44] 2× Platinum 100,000x
United Kingdom (BPI)[45] Platinum 300,000^
United States (RIAA)[46] Diamond 7,879,000[47]
Summaries
Europe (IFPI)[48] 3× Platinum 3,000,000*

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone
xunspecified figures based on certification alone

Accolades[edit]

Awards
Award Category Recipient(s) and nominee(s) Result
Academy Awards Best Original Song "Can You Feel the Love Tonight" — Elton John and Tim Rice Won
"Circle of Life" — Elton John and Tim Rice Nominated
"Hakuna Matata" — Elton John and Tim Rice Nominated
Best Original Score Hans Zimmer Won
Golden Globe Awards Best Original Song "Can You Feel the Love Tonight" — Elton John and Tim Rice Won
"Circle of Life" — Elton John and Tim Rice Nominated
Best Original Score Hans Zimmer Won
Grammy Awards Best Musical Album for Children Mark Mancina, Jay Rifkin, Chris Thomas, Hans Zimmer Won
Best Instrumental Arrangement Accompanying Vocalist(s) Hans Zimmer and Lebo Morake — "Circle of Life" performed by Carmen Twillie Won

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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