There’s only one day to go until The Lion King premieres in cinemas, and we can’t contain our excitement. Now Queen B has upped our anticipation by releasing her first music video from the film’s soundtrack – and her brand-new album – the African-inspired “Spirit”.
Bey serves multiple looks in the video with several outfit changes, while clips from the film, with its jaw-dropping visuals, are also interjected. Daughter Blue Ivy, looking stunning (and so grown-up that it’s making us feel very old), appears next to her glowing mum and several back-up dancers, who channel Lemonade vibes with their synchronised moves. The ever-iconic singer has revealed that Blue Ivy is included as a collaborator on her new 14-track album The Lion King: The Gift, which will drop this Friday, alongside the film’s release. Other collaborators include Childish Gambino, who is blessing the film with his vocals as the adult Simba, as well as Kendrick Lamar, Tierra Whack and Burna Boy. Our childhood nostalgia has never sounded so good.
Beyoncé, who voices Nala, announced her new album on Instagram this morning, even marking the special occasion with a caption – an extremely rare occasion on her page – and emojis. In another rare move, an on-camera interview, she told Good Morning America that the album will be “a love letter to Africa”, and that “each song tells the story of the film”. Bey also produces and curates the album, proving that there’s literally nothing she can’t do. Long live the Queen.