Hear Eminem And CeeLo Green’s ‘The King & I’ From ‘Elvis’ Soundtrack
The film is set to hit theaters on June 24.
Eminem and CeeLo Green have released their new collaboration, “The King & I,” which will be featured on the forthcoming Elvis soundtrack. The track was co-produced by Eminem and Dr. Dre.
The hard-hitting track features memorable verses from Em and an earworm hook from CeeLo Green, who recently told KTLA morning news how they worked on his vocals for the song.
“Me and Eminem have been friends for years, I’ve longed for an opportunity to work with him,” Green said. “He said ‘hey man can you do this for me? I need it really quickly, I need it tonight.’ So when Eminem says he needs something tonight, you deliver.”
The soundtrack will also feature Stevie Nicks, Tame Impala, Kacey Musgraves, Jack White and more.
Last month, it was reported that Musgraves will cover Elvis Presley’s classic 1961 hit, “Can’t Help Falling in Love,” for the soundtrack to the upcoming biopic. The film is directed by Baz Luhrmann (William Shakespeare’s Romeo + Juliet, Moulin Rouge!, The Get Down). Musgraves confirmed details in an interview with Variety during the Met Gala.
Elvis is scheduled to hit theaters on June 24. Actor Austin Butler (The Carrie Diaries) will star as the legendary icon, with Tom Hanks playing Presley’s longtime manager, Colonel Tom Parker. Additional cast members on the film include Richard Roxburgh, Luke Bracey, Kodi Smit-McPhee, and Olivia DeJonge.
In other Eminem news, last month he released the 20th-anniversary expanded edition of The Eminem Show (Shady Records/Aftermath Entertainment/Interscope Records), his record setting, Grammy Award-winning fourth studio album.
The deluxe reissue features 18 bonus tracks (including B-sides, live performances, instrumentals, and an unreleased song), none of which were previously available for download or streaming.
The Eminem Show, originally scheduled to be released on June 4, 2002, had to be moved to May 26 to combat bootlegging and satisfy customer demand. Despite the change in date, the 20-track powerhouse nevertheless debuted at No.1 on the Billboard 200 based on a jaw-dropping one-day sales number of 284,000 records—the only album in history to accomplish such a feat.