One of the most iconic musical moments in cinematic history was a spur-of-the-moment freestyle, recorded for a demo for a movie that many thought would be overshadowed by a beautiful cartoon from Disney: Pocahontas. Then the prince was going to be announced. For all the magnitude of The Lion King brand in , the original success of its soundtrack over 10 million copies sold, a Best Original Song Oscar, Grammy and Golden Globes wins was far from promised. An American audience was about to be thrown into an ecosystem that featured African choirs, English rock, Broadway sensibilities, and sweeping orchestras. The possibility of an updated Lion King soundtrack began, in part, at Coachella in Edie Lehmann Boddicker, a studio singer from the original Lion King, had been working with Zimmer since his Grammy performance with Pharrell and helped put the choir together for the festival.
In a recent interview with GQ , the Oscar-winning musician, who wrote many of the hit songs for the animated film alongside Tim Rice, revealed he was not happy with the live-action film. The magic and joy were lost," he said. John went on to say that the soundtrack did not perform as well on the charts as did the animated film's score which topped Billboard's chart for nine weeks. On November 10, the Recording Industry Association of America certified it "Diamond" for selling 15 million copies. The new soundtrack fell out of the charts so quickly, despite the massive box-office success," he said. That makes me extremely sad. Billboard , becoming her second top 10 debut of following Homecoming: The Live Album. For more ways to live your best life plus all things Oprah, sign up for our newsletter! Your Best Life.
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Elton John is having a pretty big year. He's published his first memoir, Me , received critical acclaim for biopic Rocketman , and started a lengthy farewell tour that is set to run until However, Elton is not one to let huge success get in the way of being salty, and it turns out he's unhappy about Disney's recent live-action remake of The Lion King. Unlike most people who saw the movie, Elton's beef is not with what was shown on the screen. Instead, he has taken exception to the music, chiefly the soundtrack and his lack of involvement in it. Obviously, there's history between Elton and the Disney classic with him and Tim Rice having written hits like "Circle Of Life" and "Hakuna Matata" for the original. Speaking in a new interview with GQ in the U.