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Beyoncé drops new original song from 'The Lion King'

Beyoncé drops new original song from 'The Lion King'

July 11th, 2019 by Associated Press in Features

In this Feb. 12, 2017 file photo, Beyonce poses in the press room at the 59th annual Grammy Awards in Los Angeles. Beyonce is dropping a new original song from Disney's live-action "Lion King." The song, "Spirit," will be released later Tuesday, July 9, 2019, and should get a push for Academy Award consideration. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP, File)

LOS ANGELES—Beyoncé has dropped a new original song from Disney's live-action "Lion King."

The song, "Spirit," was released Tuesday and should get a push for Academy Award consideration.

The tune comes at a pivotal moment for Nala, the character voiced by Beyoncé, in the film that comes out July 18. She also co-wrote the song.

It's part of an album called "The Lion King: The Gift" that Beyoncé is executive producing and performing on along with other artists. It was released digitally Thursday, with the physical album coming July 19.

The collection is a companion to the main "Lion King" soundtrack, which consists mostly of songs from the animated film, along with a new number from Elton John and Tim Rice.

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