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Spotify Listeners “Feel the Love” Post-Lion King Movie Premiere

July 26, 2019 Apps No Comments Email Email

The Lion King was the must-see movie coming out this Thursday. Listeners on Spotify do show great support to it by enjoying the film’s soundtracks. In the past week, we’ve seen almost a 50% increase in listening of both the 2019 soundtrack and the film’s original 1994 hit soundtrack. In particular, the theme song of Lion Kong “Can You Feel the Love Tonight” has been unprecedentedly duetted by the “God of Songs” in Hong Kong, Jacky Cheung and “Queen of Pop” Beyoncé, affectionately presenting the romance of Simba and Nala which make Hong Kong fans can’t wait any longer for the movie!

We sometimes see certain tracks stream on repeat after a big film premieres, a sign, perhaps, that listeners are turning to songs to relive moments of a film. The songs being covered and played on repeat the most from the Lion King soundtrack are “Can You Feel the Love Tonight”and “Circle of Life/Nants’ Ingonyama” which deeply moved listeners. In the 2019 soundtrack, thetracks streaming the most from The Lion King 2019 soundtrack are: “Can You Feel the Love Tonight, “Circle of Life/Nants’ Ingonyama,” “Hakuna Matata,” “I Just Can’t Wait to Be King” andThe Lion Sleeps Tonight” (full list of top ten tracks are below). This contrasts from the most popular songs from the 1994 Lion King soundtrack, where the most streamed track is “I Just Can’t Wait to Be King.” (by Jason Weaver, Rowan Atkinson and Laura Williams). 

It shows distinct preferences in different age groups. The age-group streaming the new soundtrack the most are 25-29 year-olds, who account for more than 30% of that soundtrack’s streams. By contrast, 18-24 year-old’s are listening to the 1994 soundtrack the most, accounting for about 28% of its listeners. 

Check out Spotify’s new Disney hub to listen to all your favorite Disney soundtracks!

The top-streaming songs from The Lion King 2019 soundtrack: 

1.       “Can You Feel the Love Tonight” – Beyoncé, Billy Eichner, Donald Glover, Seth Rogen

2.       “Circle of Life/Nants’ Ingonyama” – Lebo M., Lindiwe Mkhize – 

3.       “Hakuna Matata” – Billy Eichner, Donald Glover, JD McCrary, Seth Rogen

4.       “I Just Can’t Wait to Be King” – JD McCrary, John Oliver, Shahadi Wright Joseph

5.       “The Lion Sleeps Tonight” – Billy Eichner, Seth Rogen

6.       “He Lives in You” – Lebo M.

7.       “Be Prepared (2019)” – Chiwetel Ejiofor

8.       “Life’s Not Fair” – Hans Zimmer

9.       “Never Too Late” – Elton John 

10.   “Rafiki’s Fireflies” – Hans Zimmer

The top-streamed songs of all time from The Lion King 1994 soundtrack: 

1.       “I Just Can’t Wait to Be King” – Jason Weaver, Rowan Atkinson, Laura Williams 

2.       “Hakuna Matata” – Nathan Lane, Ernie Sabella, Jason Weaver, Joseph Williams 

3.       “Can You Feel the Love Tonight” – Joseph Williams, Sally Dworsky, Nathan Lane, Ernie Sabella, Kristle Edwards

4.       “Circle of Life” – Carmen Twillie, Lebo M. 

5.       “Be Prepared” – Jeremy Irons, Whoopi Goldberg, Cheech Marin, Jim Cummings 

6.       “Can You Feel the Love Tonight” – Elton John 

7.       “This Land” – Hans Zimmer, Lebo M. 

8.       “Under the Stars” – Hans Zimmer, Lebo M.

9.       “Circle of Life” – Elton John 

10.   “King of Pride Rock” – Hans Zimmer, Lebo M.

Listen to Spotify’s Lion King playlist here and recall the fantastic Disney movie!

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