Beyoncé “Lion King: The heart” wins over criticism, graphic design and culture.
The album is at the top of the charts, but its biggest win is for culture.
When it comes to “Lion King: The Gift”, everything is in the name.
It was a gift that the public had not seen coming up with the new version of the 1994 Disney classic.
The album features artists like Childish Gambino, Pharrell Williams, Kendrick Lamar and the now-called “all humor” Beyoncé.
But for the queen who says “do everything with intent,” she was determined to bring in artists who could contribute to what she called in an exclusive interview with GMA, a “love letter to Africa.”
“I wanted it to be authentic about what’s beautiful in music in Africa,” said Beyoncé.
She and artists like Yemi Alade, Mr Eazi and Tiwa Savage have been delivered.
And the music critics took what they left. This is a significant difference from the mixed reviews of the real action movie.
The same thing made music lovers. “The lion king: the gift” has left its mark on several lists of billboards.
He made his debut as no. 2 on the chart ‘Billboard 200’.
This is the shot no. 1 on the ‘R & B and Hip-Hop Album’ and ‘Soundtrack’ lists.
Singles like ‘Mood 4 Eva’ and ‘Brown Skin Girl’ have entered Billboard’s ‘Top 100’.
Although the album is hailed by critics, it does not have much success in the bank.
According to Nielsen Music, he sold the equivalent of 54,000 units the first week.
In comparison, Kendrick Lamar’s “Black Panther” soundtrack accumulated 154,000 equivalent units in its first week.
But the album becomes culturally important, especially the song with Blue Ivy Carter, Beyoncé’s daughter.
‘Brown Skin Girl’ immediately triggered a reaction with the #BrownSkinGirl Challenge.
Fans who react to the song say that it fights beautifully with color. The Oxford Dictionary defines it as “a prejudice or discrimination against dark-skinned people, usually among people of the same ethnic or racial group”.
It’s a message that song lovers collectively say is important, especially for the next generation of dark-skinned girls, to listen and celebrate.