Beyoncé drops new original song from ‘The Lion King’

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Beyoncé posed with her Grammys in the press room during the 2017 Grammy music Awards.

LOS ANGELES — Beyoncé 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.

A news release says the song comes at a pivotal moment for Nala, the character voiced by Beyoncé, in the film that comes out on 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.

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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, who wrote the songs for the original.

Both soundtrack albums will be released July 19.