Walt Disney Records will release the soundtrack for Disney’s ‘Descendants’ on Friday, July 31, the day the eagerly-anticipated movie premieres on Disney Channel. The soundtrack pre-order is available now on Amazon. It features the single ‘Believe,’ performed and written by 16 year-old recording artist Shawn Mendes and original songs performed by the ‘Descendants’ cast plus bonus tracks and a score suite.
D23 EXPO 2015 will feature the world premiere of ‘Disney in Concert: A Silly Symphony Celebration’ — a live concert performance featuring a 32-piece orchestra celebrating the Silly Symphony animated short films and their accompanying music, hosted by film historian Leonard Maltin. Fans will delight in watching selected Silly Symphony shorts from Disney’s archives while the music is performed live in synchronization with the picture, presented using high-quality, newly restored digital film masters. The music will be performed as it would have been recorded during those historic days at the Disney Studios on Hyperion Avenue in the 1920s and ’30s. This very special concert event will showcase the music of the Three Little Pigs, The Old Mill and many other classics. To ensure as many guests are able to see the concert as possible, two 70-minute presentations will take place on Sunday, August 16, one at 11 a.m. and the second at 2 p.m. in Stage 23.
Amazon has put up a track list for the upcoming Cinderella entry in the Disney Music Emporium Legacy Collection, commemorating the 65th anniversary of the animated film. Featuring artwork by Walt Disney Animation artist Lorelay Bove, Amazon describes the 2 disc set as containing 7 lost chords (which all appear to have been previously released as part of the ‘Lost Chords’ collection), along with 9 bonus tracks. The track listing, as per Amazon, is as follows:
Proclaiming that this is the first time the material has been made available outside of Walt Disney Studios, the Master Score is a music sheet book ‘that takes you inside the inspired minds of the creators of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs — the animators, story writers, composers, cameramen, and Walt himself’ and offers the following selling points:
- See the integration of story, art, and music.
Walt Disney Music and Vevo have released a lyric music video for ‘Making Today A Perfect Day’ by Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Bobby Lopez from Disney’s newest animated short, Frozen Fever, which you can find embedded below. The song is also available digitally for purchase from iTunes and Amazon. Those who purchased the physical CD of the original motion picture soundtrack to Cinderella can also download the song free of charge with the provided code.
In Frozen Fever, it’s Anna’s birthday and Elsa and Kristoff are determined to give her the best celebration ever, but Elsa’s icy powers may put more than just the party at risk.
With an originally advertised release date of March 17, 2015 looming dangerously near with no official mention of the Toy Story 20th Anniversary entry in the Disney Music Emporium’s Legacy Collection, several readers have reached out to us asking if we had any additional information. We, in turn, have reached out to Disney Music to confirm rumors that the Toy Story album may be delayed and we regret to report that a delay has in fact been confirmed to us. While we have seen reports about a May release, the information given to us by Disney Music was not quite as optimistic, offering only that the release date is officially ‘to be determined’ and Disney is hopeful that it is ready for release by the time Disney D23 Expo happens in August. Specific reasons for its delay were not provided, however it is interesting to note that one of the titles — Cinderella — was announced for an early release at the Expo, but has been moved up by over a month.
Confirming earlier reports by Stitch Kingdom, Walt Disney Records today announced that the original motion picture soundtrack for Cinderella (March 13, 2013), will feature both Lily James and Helena Bonham Carter performing covers of ‘A Dream Is A Wish Your Heart Makes’ and ‘Bibbidi Bobbidi Boo’ respectively. The two songs will appear over the end title credits in addition to the original song ‘Strong’ which is performed by Sonna Rele. Walt Disney Records also announced that those who purchase the physical CD edition of the original motion picture soundtrack for Cinderella will also receive a code to download the all-new song from the short Frozen Fever, which was written by Oscar-winning songwriters Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez and features the vocal talents of Idina Menzel, Kristen Bell ‘and cast.’ The soundtrack will be available for purchase on March 10 and is currently available for pre-order.
Disney Music Emporium has shared the track list for its upcoming 75th anniversary Legacy Collection tribute to Pinocchio, available on February 10, 2015 (now available for pre-order.) The two-disc set features a restored version of the original soundtrack, three ‘lost chords’ that have been newly produced in the style they may have appeared in the film and five bonus tracks featuring Jiminy Cricket, as performed by Cliff Edwards. As with all of the other entries in the collection thus far, the album features original art inspired by the film by Lorelay Bove.
On January 20, Hollywood Records will release the soundtrack for Lucasfilm’s Strange Magic (January 23, 2015) digitally, with a physical release expected on February 17 (now available for pre-order). The film features around 20 pop songs spanning six decades as performed by the film’s full cast. The official track list, as well as additional details, provided to us can be found below.
Walt Disney Records and VEVO have released the full audio track for ‘Stay With Me’ as performed by the Witch (Meryl Streep) from the deluxe edition soundtrack of Disney’s Into the Woods (December 25, 2014), which you can hear in its entirety embedded below.
Into the Woods is a modern twist on the beloved Brothers Grimm fairy tales, intertwining the plots of a few choice stories and exploring the consequences of the characters’ wishes and quests. This humorous and heartfelt musical follows the classic tales of Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, Jack and the Beanstalk, and Rapunzel — all tied together by an original story involving a baker and his wife, their wish to begin a family and their interaction with the witch who has put a curse on them.