The Lion King (1994 soundtrack)

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The Lion King: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
The Lion King (soundtrack).jpg
Soundtrack album by
Elton John and Hans Zimmer with various artists
ReleasedApril 27, 1994 (1994 Original release)
September 30, 2003 (Special Edition)
Recorded1993–1994
StudioMedia Ventures, Los Angeles
Ocean Way Studios, Los Angeles
Snake Ranch, London
Angel Recording Studios, London
BOP studios, Mmabatho
GenrePop, world, film score
Length46:40 (1994 Original release)
52:08 (2003 Special Edition)
LabelWalt Disney
ProducerHans Zimmer, Mark Mancina, Jay Rifkin, Chris Thomas
Walt Disney Animation Studios chronology
Aladdin
(1992)
The Lion King: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
(1994)
Pocahontas
(1995)
Elton John chronology
Duets
(1993)
The Lion King: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
(1994)
Made in England
(1995)
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic2/5 stars[1]
Robert ChristgauC[2]
Filmtracks4/5 stars[3]
Vox(10/10)[4]
Sputnikmusic5/5[5]

The Lion King: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack is the soundtrack album for the 1994 Disney animated film, The Lion King. It contains songs from the film written by Elton John and Tim Rice, and a score composed by Hans Zimmer. Elton John has a dual role of performer for several tracks. Additional performers include Lebo M, Carmen Twillie, Jason Weaver, Rowan Atkinson, Whoopi Goldberg, Jeremy Irons, Cheech Marin, Jim Cummings, Nathan Lane, Ernie Sabella, and Sally Dworsky. The album was released on April 27, 1994 on CD and audio cassette. The soundtrack was recorded in three different countries: the U.S., the U.K. and South Africa. It is the best-selling soundtrack album to an animated film in the United States with over 7 million copies sold, with 4,934,000 copies sold in 1994.[6]

An expanded version of The Lion King soundtrack, featuring 30 minutes of previously-unreleased material, was released as part of the Walt Disney Records: The Legacy Collection series on June 24, 2014. In 2014, Hot Topic released a vinyl picture disc of the soundtrack.[7]

Track listing[edit]

All music composed by Elton John with lyrics by Tim Rice. All scores composed by Hans Zimmer.

The Lion King (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)[8]
No.TitlePerformer(s)Length
1."Circle of Life"Carmen Twillie and Lebo M.3:59
2."I Just Can't Wait to Be King"Jason Weaver, Rowan Atkinson, and Laura Williams2:50
3."Be Prepared"Jeremy Irons, Whoopi Goldberg, Cheech Marin, and Jim Cummings3:40
4."Hakuna Matata"Nathan Lane, Ernie Sabella, Jason Weaver, and Joseph Williams3:33
5."Can You Feel the Love Tonight"Joseph Williams, Sally Dworsky, Nathan Lane, Ernie Sabella, and Kristle Edwards2:57
6."This Land (score)"Hans Zimmer2:55
7."...To Die For (score)"Hans Zimmer4:17
8."Under the Stars (score)"Hans Zimmer3:45
9."King of Pride Rock (score) (featuring a chorus version of "Circle of Life")"Hans Zimmer5:59
10."Circle of Life"Elton John4:51
11."I Just Can't Wait to Be King"Elton John3:37
12."Can You Feel the Love Tonight" (End Title)Elton John4:01
Total length:46:40
The Lion King: Special Edition[9]
No.TitleArtist(s)Length
13."The Morning Report"James Earl Jones, Jeff Bennett and Evan Saucedo1:36
14."Can You Feel the Love Tonight" (Remix)Elton John4:08
Total length:5:44

The Legacy Collection release[edit]

Walt Disney Records released an expanded edition of The Lion King soundtrack containing an additional thirty minutes of previously-unreleased material from the film, as well as a collection of demo versions of cues.[7] This revision contains a new remastered mix by Alan Meyerson.

Chart and commercial success[edit]

The soundtrack shipped over 10 million copies in the U.S. and eventually went 10x platinum in 1995, thus becoming the biggest-selling soundtrack ever from an animated film. Its certification was promoted to Diamond when the award was instituted in 1999. According to Nielsen Soundscan the soundtrack, as of April 2014, has sold a total of 7.873 million copies in the US.[6] It is also the best-selling vinyl album in the Nielsen SoundScan era (starting 1991), with 1,043,000 copies sold as of June 2014.[10]

In 2010, Rhapsody called it one of the all-time great Disney and Pixar Soundtracks.[11]

Charts[edit]

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
Original album release
Austria (IFPI Austria)[37] Platinum 50,000*
Belgium (BEA)[38] Platinum 50,000*
Brazil 1,200,000[39]
Canada (Music Canada)[40] Diamond 1,000,000^
France (SNEP)[42] Platinum 1,260,000[41]
Germany (BVMI)[43] 3× Platinum 1,500,000^
Japan (RIAJ)[44] Gold 100,000^
Netherlands (NVPI)[45] Platinum 100,000^
New Zealand (RMNZ)[46] Platinum 15,000^
Poland (ZPAV)[47] Gold 50,000*
Sweden (GLF)[48] Gold 50,000^
Switzerland (IFPI Switzerland)[49] 2× Platinum 100,000^
United Kingdom (BPI)[50] Platinum 300,000^
United States (RIAA)[51] Diamond 10,000,000^
Summaries
Europe (IFPI)[52] 3× Platinum 3,000,000*
Original cast recording
Australia (ARIA)[53] Gold 35,000^
France (SNEP)[54] Gold 100,000*
Germany (BVMI)[55] Gold 250,000^
United Kingdom (BPI)[56] Silver 60,000^
United States (RIAA)[57] Platinum 1,000,000^
Sing-Along shortform
United Kingdom (BPI)[58] Silver 60,000^
United States (RIAA)[59] 2× Platinum 1,000,000^
Hans Zimmer Re-release
United Kingdom (BPI)[60] Silver 60,000^
Summaries
Worldwide (IFPI)
Total available sales
N/A 18,255,035

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone

Accolades[edit]

Awards
Award Category Recipient(s) and nominee(s) Result
Academy Awards Best Original Song "Can You Feel the Love Tonight" – Elton John and Tim Rice Won
"Circle of Life" – Elton John and Tim Rice Nominated
"Hakuna Matata" – Elton John and Tim Rice Nominated
Best Original Score Hans Zimmer Won
Golden Globe Awards Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy Don Hahn Won
Best Original Song "Can You Feel the Love Tonight" – Elton John and Tim Rice Won
"Circle of Life" – Elton John and Tim Rice Nominated
Best Original Score Hans Zimmer Won
Grammy Awards Song of the Year "Can You Feel the Love Tonight" – Elton John and Tim Rice Nominated
"Circle of Life" – Elton John and Tim Rice Nominated
Best Song Written Specifically for a Motion Picture or for Television "Can You Feel the Love Tonight" – Elton John and Tim Rice Nominated
"Circle of Life" – Elton John and Tim Rice Nominated
Best Score Soundtrack for Visual Media Hans Zimmer Nominated
Best Male Pop Vocal Performance "Can You Feel the Love Tonight" performed by Elton John Won
Best Musical Album for Children Mark Mancina, Jay Rifkin, Chris Thomas, Hans Zimmer Won
Best Instrumental Arrangement Accompanying Vocalist(s) Hans Zimmer and Lebo Morake – "Circle of Life" performed by Carmen Twillie Won

See also[edit]

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