On Tuesday (July 16), Queen Bey released the cover art for the highly-anticipated soundtrack and additionally revealed the big names featured on the project — she called "a love letter to Africa" — that she executive produced.
"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. I wanted it to be authentic to what is beautiful about the music in Africa," the 37-year-old singer told ABC News in an interview that airs Tuesday night.
She added, "A lot of the drums, the chants... all of these incredible new sounds mixed with some of the producers from America. We've kind of created our own genre and I feel like the soundtrack becomes visual in your mind, it's a soundscape. It's more than just the music because each song tells the story of the film."
Bey called on some of the biggest and most respected names in music to lend their voices to the album, including Kendrick Lamar, Childish Gambino, 070 Shake, Tierra Whack, Pharrell, and more. The Lion King: The Gift also features a song from Beyoncé's husband JAY-Z and their daughter Blue Ivy Carter.
The soundtrack drops on Friday (July 19), the same day Lion King hits theaters.
See the full tracklist below!
The Lion King: The Gift Tracklist:
- “Bigger” — Beyoncé
- “Find Your Way Back (Circle of Life)” — Beyoncé
- “Don’t Jealous Me” — Tekno / Yemi Alade / Mr. Eazi
- “Ja Ara E” — Burna Boy
- “The Nile” — Beyoncé / Kendrick Lamar:
- “Mood 4 Eva” — Beyoncé / JAY-Z / Childish Gambino
- “Water” — Salatiel / Pharrell / Beyoncé
- “Brown Skin Girl” — Blue Ivy Carter / SAINt JHN / WizKid / Beyoncé
- “Keys to the Kingdom” — Tiwa Savage / Mr. Eazi
- “Otherside” — Beyoncé
- “Already” — Beyoncé / Shatta Wale
- “My Power” — Tierra Whack / Beyoncé / Busiswa / Yemi Alade / Moonchild Sanelly
- “Scar” — 070 Shake / Jessie Reyez
- “Spirit” — Beyoncé
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