Listen to Celine Dion's beautiful new single from 'Beauty and the Beast'

By Sarah Walker

After months of waiting, Disney has finally released Celine Dion’s new single for the upcoming live-action film, Beauty and the Beast.

The song “How Does a Moment Last Forever,” was released to YouTube on Friday and quickly won the approval of fans. Many went on to say that the song should win the 2018 Academy Award for Best Original Song.

Written by legendary composer Alan Menken and lyricist Tim Rice, it’s a ballad that’s both reflective and upbeat. It will reportedly play over the end credits for the film.

Here’s a snippet of the tune’s lyrics:

"How does a moment last forever? / How can a story never die? / It is love we must hold onto / Never easy, but we try / Sometimes our happiness is captured / Somehow, our time and place stand still / Love lives on inside our hearts and always will," 48-year-old Céline can be heard singing. "Minutes turn to hours, days to years and gone / But when all else has been forgotten / Still our song lives on."

Earlier this month, the Quebec native revealed that she had to think long and hard about her participation in the highly-anticipated movie because it reminded her of her late-husband, René Angélil.

Speaking to Entertainment Tonight, Celine explained: "My first Beauty and the Beast, the decision was made with my husband. Now I'm making decisions on my own. It's a little bit harder. I couldn't say yes right away, because I felt like I was kind of cheating in a way."

She eventually felt compelled to take the role because of the impact the Disney series has had on her career.

"I was at the beginning of my career, it put me on the map," Céline noted of the original animated film. "It put me where I am today."

The release of the single comes at a busy time for the mom to three, who recently launched an eponymous line of clothing and accessories with The Buggati Group. She’s also been putting the finishing touches on her first English-language album since 2013.

Of course, the new Disney film wouldn’t have been the same without Celine’s participation. Back in 1991, it was Celine and Peabo Bryson who had the honour of performing the title track for the film, "Beauty and the Beast."

Celine sang the original theme song for the Disney classic.

The song continues to be one of the more iconic ones to be featured in an animated film. It went on to win the 1992 Golden Globe and Oscar for Best Original Song and won several GRAMMYs. It even made it into the Billboard Top 10 (in Canada, it topped the Adult Contemporary charts).

The "It's All Coming Back to Me Now" singer joins John Legend, Ariana Grande and Josh Groban as artists on the new soundtrack.

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