Wednesday, April 17, 2024

Elton John Wrote– And Sings– Great New “Lion King” Song, So He’ll Compete with Himself and With Beyonce for the Oscar This Season


Everyone’s all excited about Beyonce’s new “Lion King” song that was released today. It’s called “Spirit” and I have to say, it sounds better in the context of the movie than as a standalone. (Is it number 1 yet?)

But wait! Elton John surprises everyone with a new “Lion King” song that plays at the end of the movie. It’s called “Never Too Late,” and I’ll say it now– it’s great. It’s even actually better than Elton’s song in his own movie. “Rocketman,” called “(I’m Gonna) Love Me Again.” And that 0ne is pretty good, too.

This means that Elton will have two songs for Best Song nomination this season. Weird, right? But you know this is the year of Elton John, on his Farewell tour, with his hit movie, and so on. He wrote all the original hit songs with Tim Rice for “The Lion King” animated film and Broadway musical. So writing a new one makes sense.

I can’t review the new “Lion King” until tomorrow at noon, but I will say the original songs sound  wonderful in the film, especially “Can You Feel the Love Tonight.” But “Never Too Late” has ‘hit’ and ‘radio’ written all over it. Elton should add it to his shows ASAP.

Maybe he can just get a special Oscar for being Elton John next winter. When “Never Too Late” drops, I’ll post it.

BTW there’s a really great Diane Warren song, sung by Daya, in Mindy Kaling’s “Late Night” movie that should get nominated. Here it is:


Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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