Grammy-winning singer Beyoncé isn’t solely in promo mode during week-of releases. Three weeks after live-action movie The Lion King hit theaters nationwide, Queen Bey has once again plugged the box office smash and her executive produced The Lion King: The Gift album.
Music lovers everywhere have been rushing to theaters over the past week to hear Beyoncé as the voice of Nala in Disney’s live-action remake of The Lion King. Based off the Billboard 200 charts this week, they must’ve also been heavily listening to her amazing voice on the companion album The Lion King: The Gift, as the project now proudly sits in the No. 2 position.
While there’s much on the album worth streaming — “OTHERSIDE” is just heavenly to be honest — we can’t help but think the success is in part due to all the beautiful Black & POC girls in the world currently making the curated LP’s standout cut “BROWN SKIN GIRL” go viral.
The album’s top 5 debut reflected the box-office success of the film itself, with The Lion King bringing in $963 million USD in its first two weeks of screening according to Variety. The Gift garnered 54,000 equivalent album units in the U.S., with 11,000 of those being pure album sales as reported by Billboard. Many have been quick to note that this is Bey’s third top 10 placement this year, with the Coachella-geared HOMECOMING: THE LIVE ALBUM reaching No. 4 and her 2016 magnum opus LEMONADE returning to No. 9 back in May. As The Gift is exactly that in its approach to honoring Afrobeat and African culture as a whole, we’re hoping to see way more success and eye-grabbing visuals arrive from this project.
Listen to The Lion King: The Gift, a companion album curated by Beyoncé for Disney’s remake of ‘The Lion King,’ on all streaming platforms. Watch the visually-astounding extended cut of “SPIRIT” and accompanying music video for “BIGGER” below if you haven’t seen it already:
Nas released his The Lost Tapes 2album this week via Mass Appeal/Def Jam featuring songs that did not make the cut on his past few LPs. It features production from RZA, Pharrell, Kanye West, Swizz Beatz, No I.D., Pete Rock, Hit-Boy and more. The New York legend’s album is on pace to do 17-20k copies (5-7k pure sales) which is much lower than we anticipated. (Hip Hop-N-More)
“That was fcked up what they did to Nas. That was fcked up. I know what you did to Nas, JAY. That’s fcked up, ngga. Nah, he come out on the same weekend. This ngga still slapping him without everybody noticing what’s going on. Not everybody knows what’s going on. But that was still like, ‘Oh, when is your sht coming out? My sht coming out.’ I ain’t heard not one of those records on the radio. [laughs] Why the fck you do that, man? I be saying, ‘Fck that, I do whatever the fck I do,’ and they be looking at me like I’m grimey for doing that. This nggabe super quiet doing some real grimey sht. Looking to see if anybody noticed the grimey sh*t. He just has a different way of doing things.”
Grammy-winning singer Beyoncé knows how to get everyone’s pre-weekend goals started in the right way. Queen Bey has treated fans to a new “Spirit” and “Bigger” extended clip in celebration of The Lion King hitting theaters nationwide today.
The television network sat down with Beyonce for the world premiere of “Spirit.” The song is the lead single on the upcoming soundtrack for The Lion King. Queen Bey stars at Naila in the film. Knowles-Carter opened up about the film as well as its star-studded soundtrack during an ABC special with Robin Roberts. In honor of Queen Bey, the network has changed its Twitter to ABeyC.
“I wanted it to be authentic to what is beautiful about the music in Africa,” she said. The Lion King film takes place in Africa and is a classic amongst 80s and 90s babies alike. Beyonce also added the artistic expression that stems from the continent led her entire curation of the soundtrack. In order to do so, she collaborated with a number of talented African artists including WizKid, Tiwi Savage, Tekno and more.
“This soundtrack is a love letter to Africa and I wanted to make sure we found the best talent from Africa, and not just use some of the sounds and did my interpretation of it,” she told ABC News.
The soundtrack also features Beyoncé’s better half, Jay-Z, Kendrick Lamar, Pharell, Childish Gambino, who stars in the film and many more. The Lion King is sure to be a family affair. The movie hits theaters Friday, July 19. Aside from Knowles and Donald Glover, the film features Alfre Woodard, Seth Rogan, Chiwetel Ejiofor and more.