Oh, this is going to be great!
John Legend and Ariana Grande are teaming to perform the title song for the soundtrack of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast live-action remake.
Originally sung by Angela Lansbury for the film, it was translated into a pop duet by Celine Dion and Peabo Bryson; released as the film’s only single in November 1991, it hit the Billboard top 10.
The new recording by Legend and Grande will be featured in the new film as well as on the soundtrack. Produced by Ron Fair, who has produced six Grammy-winning songs, the project reunites Fair with Mitchell Leib, Disney’s president of Music & Soundtracks. The duo’s previous collaborations include the Pretty Woman soundtrack.
“Ron was the first and only choice to make this particular record,” Leib said in a statement. “No one is a better vocal producer, and he also has a great understanding of the filmmaking dynamic.”
Said Fair: “Stepping into the shoes of an Oscar- and Grammy Award-winning classic is not small potatoes. But with today’s two greatest singers – John Legend and Ariana Grande – we are bringing the song back with a new school/old school fresh treatment that shows the soulfulness and power of what a great melody and lyric can inspire.”
This is going to be magical!
Ariana shared this photo of herself in the studio recording her vocals:
I can’t wait for the film and to hear John and Ariana slay this beautiful song.