Elton John Slams ‘The Lion King’ Remake Soundtrack ‘They Messed Up The Music’
Elton John is on a roll. After claiming that singer Michael Jackson was “mentally ill” and “disturbing” in his memoir Me: Elton John (see those comments here), he has called out the soundtrack for The Lion King live-action remake that was released over the summer.
John was asked about his thoughts on the updated version of the 1994 release and said,
“The new version of The Lion King was a huge disappointment to me, because I believe they messed the music up. 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. 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.”
Interestingly enough, John was featured on the 19-song soundtrack with his song “Never Too Late.”
John also notably sang “Can You Feel The Love Tonight?” in the original film’s closing credits. That performance earned him a Grammy for Best Male Pop Vocal Performance.
In the remake, the song was belted out by none other than Beyonce, who voiced the older Nala, and Donald Glover, who voiced the adult version of Simba.
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