Beyoncé has dropped the tracklist for her new Lion King-inspired album The Lion King: The Gift. And we are beyond excited.
For us, the particular inclusion of a selection of Nigerian artists – Tekno, Yemi Alade, Mr Eazi, Burna Boy, Wizkid, Tiwa Savage – in the album is of special significance – an affirmation that our artists are at least as good as their international counterparts.
And it is not just a single consolatory song but three of the 14 songs album are by Nigerian artists.
Beyonce had described the album as “sonic cinema… a new experience of storytelling. I wanted to do more than find a collection of songs that were inspired by the film. It is a mixture of genres and collaboration that isn’t one sound. It is influenced by everything from R&B, hip-hop and Afro Beat.”
Along with several new Beyoncé songs, the album also features contributions from Kendrick Lamar, JAY-Z, Childish Gambino, 070 Shake, Tierra Whack, Pharrell, and more. In addition, there’s a song with JAY and Bey’s daughter Blue Ivy Carter.
The Lion King: The Gift, executive produced by Beyoncé, is out this Friday, July 19 via Parkwood Entertainment/Columbia Records.
The soundtrack to The Lion King arrived last week. As with The Gift, it includes Beyoncé’s new song, Spirit.
The Lion King hits cinemas on 19th July.
Check out the tracklist of The Lion King: The Gift:
- Beyoncé: Bigger
- Beyoncé: Find Your Way Back (Circle of Life)
- Tekno / Yemi Alade / Mr. Eazi: Don’t Jealous Me
- Burna Boy: Ja Ara E
- Beyoncé / Kendrick Lamar: The Nile
- Beyoncé / JAY-Z / Childish Gambino: Mood Eva
- Salatiel / Pharrell / Beyoncé: Water
- Blue Ivy Carter / SAINt JHN / WizKid / Beyoncé: Brown Skin Girl
- Tiwa Savage / Mr. Eazi: Keys to the Kingdom
- Beyoncé: Otherside
- Beyoncé / Shatta Wale: Already
- Tierra Whack / Beyoncé / Busiswa / Yemi Alade / Moonchild Sanelly: My Power
- Shake / Jessie Reyez: Scar
- Beyoncé: Spirit