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

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.”

Do you agree with Elton? Let us know what you think in the comments!

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    1. You’re right – he didn’t technically name The Gift. But I imagine if he loved it he would have clarified he wasn’t bundling The Gift in with his comment? In the same article he also said Gaga is the only real superstar out right now. IDK IDK 

  1. Where’s the Gif’s on here…looking for no lies detected…
    I love Beyoncé but he did speak some truth…the music didn’t seem to have as a big of a connection with the film. Maybe should have had a more commercial song to launch it? 

  2. The whole Lion King 2019 project was a flop. I fell asleep within 15 minutes of the movie and the music that I got to hear sucked. They should have just used the original soundtrack.

  3. No lies detected. The entire movie was disappointing, and I’m a huge Disney fan. Spirit was just so out of place. Can you feel the love paired in comparison to the original. I tried to listen to the gift and I just couldn’t. And the fact she called it “The Gift” 🤮

      1. Yea! Visually it looked cool, but it just was not entertaining. The biggest letdown was “Be Prepared”. He just talked!