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Disney soundtrack behind Kris Bryant’s hot streak

One of the hottest hitters in the National League since the second week of the season is getting daily inspiration from a Disney movie, of all places.

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Anatomy of a Disney musical: Composer reveals process of creating iconic songs

The acclaimed composer and songwriter is the hidden face behind some of Disney’s most iconic musicals, including Beauty and the Beast, The Little Mermaid and Aladdin.

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“You’re Welcome” Music Video From The “Moana” Original Motion Picture Soundtrack Debuts Today On VEVO

Oscar®-nominated, Tony®-, Emmy®- and Grammy®-winning songwriter/composer Lin-Manuel Miranda and Hollywood Records artist Jordan Fisher are featured in the music video for “You’re Welcome.” Shot on location in New York City and London, the clip was directed by Declan Whitebloom (James Blunt, Taylor Swift, Leona Lewis, One Direction). The video debuted on VEVO today and can be seen HERE.

Written by Lin-Manuel Miranda and performed by Dwayne Johnson in the film, “You’re Welcome” showcases the colorful personality of the demigod Maui. Hollywood Records artist Jordan Fisher teamed up with Miranda for the end-credit version of the track. After a breakout performance in the Emmy Award-winning production of Grease: Live, Jordan Fisher released his debut single last year, “All About Us,” which soared to the top of the Billboard Pop charts. Fisher, who opened for Alicia Keys at last year’s Apple Music Festival, just wrapped his run in the Broadway cast of “Hamilton.” Fisher is set to release his full-length album later this year.

Sixteen weeks after its release, the Moana soundtrack has spent 12 weeks in the Billboard 200’s Top 10, and has been certified gold by the R.I.A.A. The soundtrack is No. 5 this week on the Billboard 200 chart. Additionally, Moana videos have exceeded 500 million views worldwide.

Last week, Disney’s Moana crossed the $600 million mark at the global box office. Moana was nominated for two Oscars and two Golden Globes, including Best Animated Feature and Best Original Song (“How Far I’ll Go”).

The in-home release of “Moana” is currently available for purchase on Blu-ray 3D™, Blu-ray, DVD, Digital HD/3D. The release is packaged with fun-filled extras showcasing an all-new mini-movie, the charismatic cast, famed filmmakers, dynamic musical team, the beautiful people and cultures of the Pacific Islands, a deleted song, deleted scenes, and more! To learn more, please visit Movies.Disney.com/Moana.

The Moana soundtrack is available wherever music is sold and streamed. The two-disc deluxe edition and the digital deluxe edition soundtrack are also available at physical and digital retail. For more information on Walt Disney Records’ releases, please visit Disney.com/music, become a fan at Facebook.com/disneymusic, follow us at Twitter.com/disneymusic, Instagram.com/disneymusic and Snapchat.

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Every Song From the Disney Renaissance (1989-’99), Ranked: Critics’ Take

It’s 2017, and generations young and old will get to relive a slice of the glory days of the late-20th-century Disney Renaissance, with live-action remakes of ’90s classics Aladdin and The Lion King reportedly in the works, and even a non-Disney reboot of The Little Mermaid in the pipeline.

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11 Classic Disney Songs Performed Flawlessly by Famous Pop Stars

Disney tunes have a special place in the hearts of many millennials (and millennial parents) who spent formative years glued to their televisions, watching and re-watching the animated fairy tales.

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Composer Alan Menken On His Disney Tunes: ‘I Prefer Them To Be Hum-able’ Listen· 7:19

If you’ve ever spent an afternoon with “Under the Sea” or “A Whole New World” or “Be Our Guest” stuck in your head, you can thank composer Alan Menken.

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Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast” Original Motion Picture Soundtrack Available Today, March 10

Available today wherever music is sold and streamed, the “Beauty and the Beast” original motion picture soundtrack features an unforgettable score from eight-time Oscar®-winning composer Alan Menken along with new recordings of the original songs written by Menken and two-time Academy Award® winner Howard Ashman. Also included are three new songs written by Menken and three-time Oscar winner Tim Rice.

The story and characters audiences know and love come to spectacular life in Disney’s live-action adaptation of “Beauty and the Beast,” a stunning, cinematic event celebrating one of the most beloved tales ever told. Directed by Bill Condon from a screenplay by Stephen Chbosky and Evan Spiliotopoulos based on the 1991 animated film, “Beauty and the Beast” stars: Emma Watson, Dan Stevens, Luke Evans, Kevin Kline, Josh Gad, Ewan McGregor, Stanley Tucci, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, and Audra McDonald with Ian McKellen and Emma Thompson. “Beauty and the Beast” opens in U.S. theaters on March 17, 2017.

From early on, one of Condon’s key objectives was to build upon the story from the animated classic, and the Oscar-winning director realized music could play a significant role in making that happen. By finding interesting variations on beloved songs like “Be Our Guest” and “Gaston” and with the addition of new songs, music could help push the story forward while elevating its emotional content at the same time.

New songs featured in the film and included on the soundtrack are: “Evermore,” a soaring ballad performed by the Beast (Dan Stevens); the heartwarming “Days in the Sun,” sung by Belle (Emma Watson), the Beast and the castle’s enchanted staff; and “How Does a Moment Last Forever,” sung by Maurice (Kevin Kline) and in a reprise, by Belle.

The soundtrack also features three brand new recordings including the duet “Beauty and the Beast” by GRAMMY® nominated and multi-platinum selling artist Ariana Grande and 10-time GRAMMY, Oscar®-winning and multi-platinum selling singer/songwriter/musician John Legend. The iconic song originally recorded by Celine Dion and Peabo Bryson, features Alan Menken’s haunting melody and Howard Ashman’s memorable lyrics, and, upon its release in 1991, went on to receive an Academy Award®, Golden Globe® and GRAMMY Award. The music video for “Beauty and the Beast” was directed by Dave Meyers (P!nk’s “Just Like Fire,”  Katy Perry’s “Firework”) and can be viewed here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=axySrE0Kg6k.

In addition, five-time GRAMMY winning and best-selling recording artist Celine Dion performs “How Does A Moment Last Forever” and multi-platinum international recording artist and songwriter Josh Groban performed the third track, “Evermore.”

TheBeauty and the Beast” original motion picture soundtrack features 19 tracks and is available wherever music is sold and streamed (http://disneymusic.co/BeautySndtrkP, http://disneymusic.co/BeautySndtrk, http://disneymusic.co/BeautySndtrkWS). The Beauty and the Beast two-disc deluxe edition and the digital deluxe edition soundtrack, which are also available March 10, feature additional tracks including score, demos and outtakes.

Celine Dion Set to Perform Brand-New Song for Disney’s Upcoming Beauty and the Beast

Hush now, we see a brand-new Disney classic in the making.

As the anticipation continues for Beauty and the Beast’s live-action film, fans received news that will be music to anyone’s ears.

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Ariana Grande And John Legend To Perform Oscar® And Grammy®-Winning Song “Beauty And The Beast” for Upcoming Soundtrack

GRAMMY nominated and multi-platinum selling artist Ariana Grande and 10-time GRAMMY, Oscar®-winning and multi-platinum selling singer/songwriter/musician John Legend are set to perform the Oscar and GRAMMY-winning duet “Beauty and the Beast” as the title track for Disney’s upcoming soundtrack to the live-action film adaptation “Beauty and the Beast.” The song will also be featured in the film.

The enchanting ballad, originally performed by Celine Dion and Peabo Bryson featuring eight-time Oscar-winning composer Alan Menken’s beautiful melody and two-time Oscar-winner Howard Ashman’s unforgettable lyrics, received an Academy Award®, Golden Globe® and GRAMMY Award, among other accolades, upon its release in 1991.

The new rendition of the classic song is produced by GRAMMY-winning veteran Ron Fair, whose music career spans 37 years as a major-label record company leader and accomplished producer, arranger, recording engineer and musical director. Fair was brought in to produce by Disney’s president of Music & Soundtracks, Mitchell Leib, who also brought Grande and Legend to the project. The history of collaboration between Leib and Fair in film music goes back to the highly-successful “Pretty Woman” soundtrack. “Ron was the first and only choice to make this particular record,” says Leib. “No one is a better vocal producer and he also has a great understanding of the filmmaking dynamic.”

Fair’s recordings have won six GRAMMY Awards and have been nominated 18 times. Fair discovered and shepherded Christina Aguilera, selling over 50 million albums and winning numerous GRAMMY Awards. He A&R’d Aguilera’s first five albums and championed the Black Eyed Peas to 27 million albums, 4 number-ones and multiple GRAMMY wins, as well as co-producing and arranging the strings on their global breakthrough # 1 hit “Where is The Love?”

Says Fair, “Stepping into the shoes of an Oscar and GRAMMY Award-winning classic is not small potatoes. But with today’s two greatest plutonium 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.”

The music video will be directed by Dave Meyers, the innovative visionary whose long-time collaborations with major artists like P!nk, Janet Jackson, Ice Cube and Britney Spears have resulted in dozens of award nominations and many wins, including a GRAMMY in 2005 for Best Music Video and 11 MTV Video Music Awards, including one for Katy Perry’s smash hit “Firework.” He recently directed the music video for P!nk’s hit single “Just Like Fire” from the Walt Disney Records soundtrack for “Alice Through The Looking Glass.”

Menken also provides the film score, with new recordings of the original songs written by Menken and Ashman. Also featured are three new songs written by Menken and veteran lyricist and three time Oscar winner Tim Rice. The original motion picture soundtrack will be released by Walt Disney Records on March 10, 2017. The pre-order is available now at http://disneymusic.co/BeautySndtrkP.

Lin-Manuel Miranda On Disney, Mixtapes And Why He Won’t Try To Top ‘Hamilton’

When Lin-Manuel Miranda was a teenager in the 1990s, he liked to make eclectic mixtapes for his friends. In those cassettes, he experimented with the rise and fall of energy in music: A musical theater number might play after a hip-hop song, only to be followed by an oldie or an obscure pop song. It was through mixtapes that he could bridge the gap between two seemingly opposing passions — Broadway and rap.

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