New Song: Beyonce – ‘Spirit’

Published: Tuesday 9th Jul 2019 by Sam

Beyonce has an established flair for surprises and she sprung an almighty one on the masses tonight with the announcement of a ‘Lion King’ companion album.

Christened ‘The Lion King: The Gift,’ the multi-artist LP will feature all new music from Queen Bey who curated and executive produced the project.

But that’s not all. Because ahead of its July 19th arrival, the star has premiered new song ‘Spirit.’

Written and produced by Bey alongside IIya and Labrinth, the soaring number not only appears on ‘The Gift’ but also on the official soundtrack for the movie. It’s touted as playing at a pivoting point for Nala in the film.

What are you waiting for? Listen to ‘Sprit’


From the vocal performance (!) to the infusion of African sonics, this is a rousing triumph of a track.

‘The Lion King: The Gift,’ which Beyonce describes as “sonic cinema” and a love letter to Africa, lands via Parkwood/Columbia on July 19th – the same day ‘The Lion King’ hits theaters worldwide.

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  1. Jasmine July 9, 2019

    Its aiight. Hopefully its a grower as much as they been hyping this song.

  2. Nene Leakes July 9, 2019

    I don’t like it ?
    For me personally Beyoncé’s voice doesn’t fit the tone of the song, like it’s just not a good blend.

    • Jasmine July 9, 2019

      I agree. I think a voice with more versatility and personality would have make this song great (Mariah Carey / Toni Braxton / even Mary J. Blige). Its like someone with limited vocal range is trying to sing outside of their range when I listen to this. I love me some Bey but she does better with her own album songs rather than these soundtrack songs. I hated her song ‘Listen’ and I don’t care for this new song.

    • Lana Del Fan July 10, 2019

      Y’all late ballroom butch queens say anything!! She’s literally sounds amazing and this is why I don’t come to this site anymore. It’s the same tired old queens throwing shade at those actually doing something with their lives.

      • Bravo!!! July 10, 2019

        I see no Clap back for Lana Del Fan, why? They are very tired ?

      • Lana Del Fan July 10, 2019

        @bravo Lana Del Rey May not be everyone’s cup of tea, but she is consistent with her sound and Is NEVER in drama or acting ratchet for clout. Same with Beyoncé. But people up her hate both of them and for what?

      • Jasmine July 10, 2019

        So people are not allowed to dislike something u like? Get the f.uck outta here with that weak add mindset. If I say I don’t like something or it’s aiight that is what I said and ain’t sh|t u can do about it!

      • Jasmine1999 July 10, 2019

        You don’t like something or always talking s*** about Beyonce but stay on every post about her. It doesn’t make sense.

      • Jasmine July 10, 2019

        Bey is my girl. She puts out great solo albums and is a superstar. If I don’t like a particular song but love all her albums that means I am a Bey fan who is realistic! Hell, I just said the song as aiight to me. That is not a damn diss! It just means it ain’t my cup of tea. Why are u so obsessed with my comments? Notice when u make a comment that is not about me (which is RARE) u never get responses? That is because u don’t have real opinions. Ur thoughts are f.ucking nonfactor thoughts nobody give a about.

  3. olusheyi banjo July 9, 2019

    I like it

  4. Lanafan1 July 9, 2019

    I love it!

  5. Xtina4life July 9, 2019

    Boring next.

    • Xtina4life July 9, 2019

      All her music is the same. Her voice has no versatility at all.

  6. Michelle Ooo July 9, 2019

    Not better than can u feel the love tonight. Forgettable

    • Xtina4life July 9, 2019

      Thank you. They were hyping this song 2 much.

  7. Adrian Amato July 9, 2019

    Boring as hell. Fell asleep half way thru. Thank you, next.

  8. Beam Me Up Scotty July 9, 2019

    Too much hype for such a bland song.

  9. Keith July 9, 2019

    Its a pass on this one…wanted something a little more uptempo like from her Fela-inspired phase

  10. Ham bobe July 9, 2019

    What a selfish w****/ always making things about her. Her kid is gonna grown up to be spoiled.

    • DC3 FOREVER July 10, 2019

      Seriously???? She has done zero promo for the reason you just said and the moment THE PRODUCERS release her song “oh she making it about her” stay pressed because as much as you hate her you’re here.

  11. THE GREAT I AM July 9, 2019

    Love and I’m not even biased for or against everything Beyonce like the trolls. THE GREAT I AM speaks and its amazing. This song will do damage. Now poof haterz. Spirit! Watch the heavens open! So much versatility, range, and those adlibs. It’s awesome. Love it!

    • Pedonika July 10, 2019

      If only she had at least 1% emotion in her voice.

      She’s a great technical singer who lacks depth.

      • Jeans July 10, 2019

        Yessss? Totally true. Great technicality but lacks emotion and depth

  12. Erica July 9, 2019

    I Dont know what I was expecting but this is not it, I think Kelly would’ve did the song justice her tone fits it better

    • DC3 FOREVER July 10, 2019


  13. Jasmine1999 July 9, 2019

    It sounds so good! Listen with quality speakers y’all. All the haters stop pretending you don’t have it on repeat ? how y’all steady commenting. Y’all are so mad it’s beauti

    • Jasmine July 9, 2019


      • Jasmine1999 July 9, 2019

        Thank you.

      • Jasmine July 10, 2019

        Sissy I will never be me but I am willing to stop coming for u. I realize now u want to be me and imitation is a form of flattery. Thank you.

      • Jasmine July 10, 2019

        Sissy YOU will never be me but I am willing to stop coming for u. I realize now u want to be me and imitation is a form of flattery. Thank you.

      • Jasmine1999 July 10, 2019

        Thank you for your beautiful words. I accept my title as Sissy

  14. umm hmm July 9, 2019


  15. Oliver July 9, 2019

    Slay slay . Perfection.. haters keep doing your job steaming the song and buy it in order to hate more . Perfect Vocal ..

  16. Skilly July 9, 2019

    So in other words it’s written and produced by IIya and Labrinth. I mean its 2019 are we still pretending like beyonce can actually write and produce music and if so why hasn’t she wrote or produce anything solo with no help apparently she has years of experience should be able to write her own stuff by now

    • PinotNoir July 10, 2019

      Beyoncé never WRITES lyrics.

      We been knew.

      She TYPES ’em. 😀

      • Pedonika July 10, 2019

        Lizten 2 tha song herre in my ❤️ – Beyoncé

  17. Seth July 9, 2019

    It’s ok. It’ll never be I Will Always Love You, My Heart William Go On, Can’t You Feel the Love Tonight or When You Believe. She sounds good but her emotion always seems overly frantic and forced to me. Prime Whitney/Mariah would have blown this song to the heavens

    • PinotNoir July 10, 2019

      I don’t know who said her performance in Dream Girls was dead-eyed, but that’s exactly how Beyoncé comes across to me on song. She’s either Xtina-growl-shouting or Batman-underbreath-singing. The one and only song I felt her on was “My Heart Still Beats” from DC’s Survivor album.

  18. ERIC July 9, 2019

    Her high falsetto parts are not pleasing to the ear, and her lower register is not strong enough for what she’s attempting, but I love the song apart from those two things. You know who I want to hear sing this? JoJo. JoJo would TEARRR this thing up!!

    • Interac July 10, 2019

      I agree. Her falsetto during the bridge sounds like there was some tension. The chorus sounds like it should have been sang higher. I’m a little surprised, because knowing what she is capable of this does sound underwhelming. But when I actually think about it, nothing after her album ‘4’ Really wowed me vocally. I’ve been more captivated by production and songwriting when it comes to ‘BEYONCE’ and ‘lemonade.’ That’s why I prefer her older stuff + destiny’s Child era vocals.

      • PinotNoir July 10, 2019

        Brandy has less range, but her voice gets to the listener’s heart. A God-given feat Beyoncé can’t boast. Probably because you can’t be given from God when you publicly reject Him.

  19. Ropeburn July 9, 2019

    Well. Just as I thought.


  20. Meme July 9, 2019

    I like it. It’s a really good song for the movie.

    However I have to say, if I didn’t see all those overhyped reviews I may have been a little more wowed. But my expectations was so high that I almost feel underwhelmed.

    • PinotNoir July 10, 2019

      That’s what PR does.

      Sans hype, I wouldn’t have bought that many albums back in the 90’s. Most are coffee table coasters now. 😀 Hence why, now, I go by my ear.

      P.S. Just discovered Riri’s (sadly short) duet with Sza on ANTI. Pure fire on repeat!

  21. L’ORANGE July 9, 2019

    I don’t like it. Her tone is different.

  22. Oliver July 9, 2019

    This not bubble gum pop song this is not for microwave consumer . Listen to the words the arrangement the melody . I am very proud of my idole the only one queen of music ? ? ❤️

  23. Jeans July 9, 2019

    I like it, but boring and forgettable!

  24. Meee July 10, 2019

    This just shows how much a Jennifer Hudson type vocal was needed for this soundtrack.

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  25. Caleb July 10, 2019

    Sounds pretty good.

    • MessyBoots July 10, 2019

      Agree. ?

  26. Clarkson July 10, 2019

    Lool, she wants to win an oscar with this trash? Lol
    They will nominate her so she will show up and perform to boost ratings but she will never ever win.

    The song is bland, not memorable like lady gagas shallow or let it go from frozen. There’s nothing special about beyonce’s voice, no emotion no edge no spunk etc.

    This song will be hot for 1 week and after that everybody would forget about it. It will peak at number 15.

  27. Ratedxxx July 10, 2019

    You’re not a vocalist…I repeat you’re not a vocalist….

    Her voice is so bland and very boring…
    She tries to dam hard…

    I only last like 5 seconds on the song…
    You mean after all that promotion
    This is the best she can do.

    I can always tell the bandwagons they are so scared of beyondfake peasants
    That they pretend to like beyondfake

  28. Ratedxxx July 10, 2019

    She’s not going to be promoted for an oscar for this song because like she tried with ” listen”
    There are to many writers on the song…

    Gaga won because she wrote her song…
    I see she’s still putting her name on writing credits…
    She’s not going to make shid of this many writers…

  29. ChrisFresh July 10, 2019

    Boring song.. Bey wont have her Shallow moment yet

  30. Sweetnothings78 July 10, 2019

    It was SOOOOOO overhyped that all blogs killed it before it got out.
    However it’s here and it’s actually BORING!

    Lol at the idiots saying it would beat Elton Johns song ha ha.


  31. Danny Bey July 10, 2019

    Y’all h*es been complaining and complaining and complaining about how you’ve been wanted vocals and production from this woman and wanted a break from the rap singing and trap. She gave you this and y’all still mad. She can never win with y’all ?

    • thanosoftitan July 10, 2019

      The song still needs to be good though.

      Yeah, she’s not doing trap but the song is still mediocre.

      • Danny Bey July 10, 2019

        It’s not mediocre. The production, choir, lyrics are A1. The only thing I could’ve requested was a big note after the bridge like any big ballad. But this song fits the tone of the movie and doesn’t overshadow the movie by being this overdone, eccentric Beyoncé song that majority of y’all wouldve dragged her for had she done that.

      • thanosoftitan July 10, 2019

        I understand you greatly appreciate this track. But it’s not a standout track for me.

        Also, I own Dangerously in Love, 4, her self titled album, and some tracks from B’Day. I was in high school and bought DIL the day it released. I also bought Work it Out from the Austin Powers soundtrack.

        I’m not a Beyoncé hater, but her last three projects and this track are subpar imo. I’m not inclined to force myself to like music just because Beyoncé is attached to it.

      • Danny Bey July 10, 2019


  32. XYZ July 10, 2019

    And here is the problem with Beyonce again. The song is ok, it is sung technically perfect, but lacks emotion. I feel nothing while hearing it. Maybe I need to hear it in the movie to get something out of it…

    • Haterz Gon‘ Hate July 10, 2019

      Right – when I think about ‘Smash Into You’ slayed my ENTIRE EXISTENCE I don’t get the emotion from this song on first listen. I think this will be a good song in her discography but will not be a stand out track like so many of her other vocal moments (I Care, Dangerously In Love, Halo, Speechless, RESENTMENT et al). ??‍♂️

  33. Tyty July 10, 2019

    Love bey but It’s alright overhyped for no good reason ??‍♀️?‍♀️?

  34. #TheTruth July 10, 2019

    That song is breathtaking.
    The intro, her lower tone, her higher range, the choir, the key change… amazing.

    Maybe I would have added a break for 2 seconds after the bridge and go for a big belt to make it even more epic.

    I can’t wait to hear the album. I wasn’t here for that trap mess. The rumor was true. An article from years ago states she would be producing an album with African artists. She wanted to release a record like that (like Grown Woman) but put it on hold once the project came around.

  35. Kevon July 10, 2019

    I’m still wating for bigger than circle of life. not even bigger than hype, next.

  36. IG : mixedboy July 10, 2019

    Hmmm the song isn’t bad. For me it feels like the production outshines Beyonce. The song really doesn’t fit her voice tbh.

  37. Bebe July 10, 2019

    Is this the song they were hyping to be bigger than Circle of Life? This song is boring as f***. It started amazing but then she started singing and the ‘melody’ came in… No it’s not a good song and definitely not a bigger song than COL.

  38. Anne July 10, 2019

    Great song, I think it’s perfect for the film.

  39. Monica’s Dove July 10, 2019

    It’s just ok.

  40. Gee July 10, 2019

    This song fits perfect with the theme, however I have to agree with the majority who said that something is in fact missing. I applaud Beyoncé for giving the masses a vocal moment but I feel like the production is giving me more than Beyoncé vocals. But her efforts are to be commended. All in all I will say this song is average at best.

  41. JOHNVIDAL July 10, 2019

    LOL TGJ talking about it as if Beyonce had written anything. Stop making it bigger than what it is ALWAYS. It´s a great song for a film, but it´s not a legendary moment. Starting with Beyonce´s voice not having that legendary touch to make a suondtrack or epic song a classic.

  42. MessyBoots July 10, 2019

    Whether you like her music/persona or not, Beyonce is inarguably one of the most hard working and successful solo female acts in music history at this point. Of course you are allowed to critique her artistry, motives, persona etc.. I will not debate w/ folks on any of that because everyone is entitled to their opinion.

    However, I dont believe her artistry, thereby her music is wasteful, meaningless, or sub par. Their are plenty of EMOTIVE vocals sprinkled throughout every Beyonce era (Speechless, Be With You, Resentment, Listen, half of I AM, I Care, Heaven, Blue etc)

    Also, I dont believe she is making anything about ‘herself’ by promotimg a highly anticipated Disney film she is featured in. She was cast by them for that very reason.. to draw MASSIVE attention for this project. Beyonce is going to attract the most attention because, um, she is BEYONCE, a global superstar. A global household name. More than anyone in that cast COMBINED. That is her power. You may not like understand it or like it but it’s a reality. Her starpower does indeed affect how she is presented by the media (and how fans/haters view her), not by her own manipulation or lack of talent/success. She doesnt have to manipulate anyone to give her attention at this point in her career. So I totally dont follow that narrative.

    Finally, yall seem to be trying to diminish Beyonce’s actual success over the last 15-20 years bringing up her sales or chart positions but I could have sworn Beyonce is one of the most streamed artists in the world on every platform. I could have sworn Lemonade sold extremely well for a solo artist in her 13th year of putting out solo records. Only solo artist in history to have their first 6 albums debut at No.1 She famously stated around the release of 4 she doesnt care about radio hits anymore. She never made EDM or chased a sound that would’ve ensured radio hits via Max Martin or Dr Luke when she easily could have. I have so much respect for Beyonce as an artist and person but not everyone does.. I understand.

    Just wanted to state the obvious point that Bey doesnt have to do anything for anybody to stand out or get attention. She EARNED it based on her talent alone.

  43. LUCKI July 10, 2019

    To the idiots stating that Beyoncé isn’t a vocalist….
    Did you fools even listen to the song? Everything she did on this joint shows her vocal prowess! The song is really nice and fits “The Lion King” theme but of course haters will hate.

  44. aj July 10, 2019

    I’m a B fan but issa no from me. Just sounds forced and self indulgent. The timbre of her voice doesnt match the production

  45. ??? July 10, 2019

    lmfaooooooo all these essays about struggle roach and her roach screetching that the bugs call singing, and this TRASH is already flopping on itunes lmfaooooooooooooo

    • LUCKI July 10, 2019

      ……shouldn’t you be more concerned about “Megatrash” bungee jumping to the bottom of the charts?

  46. D July 10, 2019

    The melody / beat of the chorus reminds me a bit of Michael Jackson’s song from Free Willy.

  47. Really Doe?! July 10, 2019

    Sounds like “The Circle Of Life” b-side ??‍♂️

  48. ??? July 10, 2019

    Y’all I definitely always show how much I hate roach but I like this song. Finally she does something right

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