John Legend and Ariana Grande to Perform New Rendition of Title Track For Live-Action ‘Beauty and the Beast’

ARIANA GRANDE, JOHN LEGEND
ARIANA GRANDE, JOHN LEGEND

Ariana Grande and John Legend will perform a duet on the title track for Disney’s live-action movie “Beauty and the Beast,” starring Emma Watson.

The song will also be featured in the film, which opens March 17 amid high expectations.

The ballad was originally performed by Celine Dion and Peabo Bryson in the 1991 animated film. Alan Menken wrote the music and Howard Ashman wrote the lyrics for the song, which received an Academy Award, Golden Globe, and Grammy Award.

The new rendition of the song is produced by Ron Fair, who was brought in to produce by Disney’s soundtracks chief Mitchell Leib, who also brought Grande and Legend to the project. Leib and Fair have collaborated on film music dating back to the highly-successful “Pretty Woman” soundtrack.

“Ron was the first and only choice to make this particular record,”  said Leib. “No one is a better vocal producer and he also has a great understanding of the filmmaking dynamic.”

The music video will be directed by Dave Meyers, who won a Grammy in 2005 for Best Music Video and 11 MTV Video Music Awards.

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SOURCE: Variety – Dave McNary