John Legend on the La La Land soundtrack, playing the kind of jazz music that Ryan Gosling’s character actively hated until it provided him with a steady paycheck. So it only seems appropriate that John Legend cashes in himself by taking on a classic Disney theme song with another chart-topping singer.
Beauty and the Beast has one of the most famous theme songs from any animated movie, and it was all over the radio back in 1991 (and even 1992) thanks to Céline Dion and Peabo Bryson. Now John Legend has been tasked with remaking it along with fellow best-selling artist Ariana Grande. Does their rendition of the classic theme song shake a stick at the original?
While the vocals for the song are outstanding, there are moments when the instrumentals sound like some kind of karaoke backtrack. Then again, that can also be said of the original pop recording by Céline Dion and Peabo Bryson, so maybe that’s what they’re going for. There’s no denying that Legend and Grande have genuine talent, a totally perfect match.
However, I really hope that we get to see one of these music videos with Legend and Grande singing the song in a recording booth, surrounded by an orchestra, with clips of Beauty and the Beast playing throughout. They just don’t make enough music videos like that anymore.