Spirit (Beyoncé song)

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"Spirit"
Beyoncé - Spirit.png
Single by Beyoncé
from the album The Lion King and The Lion King: The Gift
ReleasedJuly 10, 2019 (2019-07-10)
Format
Length4:37
LabelWalt Disney
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s)
Beyoncé singles chronology
"Summer"
(2018)
"Spirit"
(2019)

"Spirit" is a song recorded by American singer Beyoncé for the soundtrack of the live-action remake of The Lion King and the companion album The Lion King: The Gift.[1] Released on July 10, 2019,[2] it was written and produced by Beyoncé, Ilya Salmanzadeh and Labrinth.[3]

Background[edit]

In a Huffpost interview with Hans Zimmer, he explained that "Spirit" was the final addition to the soundtrack and was initially slotted in for the end credits.

"At the last moment, she comes to the room and basically shows us a diamond and goes, ‘If you want it, you can have it." "Every musician has a habit of when they come into the room to play you something for the first time ... We’re all just a tiny little bit nervous how it lands,” he said. “Of course, everybody’s reaction — we absolutely adored it. It was absolutely perfect for the film.” I suddenly thought, ‘No, no, no. This song is a gift. This song does a great bit of storytelling.’ ... I just thought, ‘Hang on. We should try this at this different spot as opposed to the end title.’ I think it will be, if it’s in the body of the movie and it’s over a crucial scene, I think it will have much more resonance and weight." [4]

Music video[edit]

The song's music video was filmed at Havasu Falls, a waterfall in Havasu Creek, located in the Grand Canyon, Arizona, United States. Beyoncé received special permission from the Havasupai tribe to close off the waterfall from the public to allow filming of the music video. Shooting lasted around five hours, with Knowles arriving and departing from the location via helicopter.[5] The music video premiered during Can You Feel the Love Tonight, an hour-long special hosted by Robin Roberts that aired on ABC Network on July 16, 2019.

Charts[edit]

Chart (2019) Peak
position
Scotland (Official Charts Company)[6] 45

References[edit]

  1. ^ @disney (July 9, 2019). ""The Lion King: The Gift," an album featuring global artists & steeped in the sounds of Africa, produced & curated by Beyoncé Knowles-Carter, will release 7/19. "Spirit," the single from the album & soundtrack for The Lion King, will be available tonight. smarturl.it/beyoncespirit" (Tweet). Retrieved July 10, 2019 – via Twitter.
  2. ^ Strauss, Matthew; Minsker, Evan (July 10, 2019). "Listen to Beyoncé's Song 'Spirit' From New Lion King Album". Pitchfork. Retrieved July 10, 2019.
  3. ^ Tingley, Anna (July 9, 2019). "Beyonce to Release New Single 'Spirit' for 'Lion King'-Inspired Album". Variety. Retrieved July 10, 2019.
  4. ^ "Here's How Beyoncé's New Song 'Spirit' Wound Up In 'The Lion King'". HuffPost Canada. 2019-07-11. Retrieved 2019-07-13.
  5. ^ https://www.tmz.com/2019/07/10/beyonce-shooting-music-video-havasu-falls-havasupai-supai/
  6. ^ "Official Scottish Singles Sales Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved July 13, 2019.