Elton John Says ‘The Lion King’ Soundtrack Was A “Huge Disappointment”

October 15, 2019 By Jordan Miller

Elton John cannot feel the love tonight.

There’s an elephant in the room. Beyonce produced a curated one of the soundtracks for The Lion King titled The Gift. It appears living legend Elton John wasn’t thrilled with it, nor the reimagined music featured in the film.

It’s worth reminding you Elton played a pivotal role composing the music for the original.

“The new version of The Lion King was a huge disappointment to me, because I believe they messed the music up,” Elton tells British GQ.


“Music was so much a part of the original and the music in the current film didn’t have the same impact. The magic and joy were lost. The soundtrack hasn’t had nearly the same impact in the charts that it had 25 years ago, when it was the bestselling album of the year. The new soundtrack fell out of the charts so quickly, despite the massive box-office success.”

He adds: “I wish I’d been invited to the party more, but the creative vision for the film and its music was different this time around and I wasn’t really welcomed or treated with the same level of respect. That makes me extremely sad. I’m so happy that the right spirit for the music lives on with the Lion King stage musical.”

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