Today, in collaboration with Universal Pictures, Polydor Records announced the worldwide release of “Beautiful Ghosts,” the new original song from Andrew and global music icon Taylor Swift for Universal Pictures’ film Cats. The song is available to stream and download below:
In the film, the song is performed by Hayward, who stars in the role of Victoria. The version of the song performed by Swift, who plays Bombalurina in the film, will play over the end titles.
A behind-the-scenes video documenting the creation and recording of “Beautiful Ghosts,” including an interview with Swift, Lloyd Webber and Tom Hooper, can also be viewed here.
One of the longest-running shows in West End and Broadway history, the stage musical “Cats” includes some of Lloyd Webber’s most indelible songs, including “Memory.” Lloyd Webber, Swift and the filmmakers were excited at the idea of introducing a new song for the film adaptation.
Andrew saw an opportunity to create a new signature song for Victoria, whose character has been expanded for the film. “When I first read the screenplay, the first thing I said was, ‘We have to have a song for Victoria.’ “Beautiful Ghosts,” he says, is now, “an incredibly important and central part of the whole film.”
For director Tom Hooper, the song exceeded even his high expectations. “What I couldn’t believe was the extraordinary beauty of these lyrics that Taylor had written,” Hooper says. “It was as if someone had come into the film I was in the middle of making and … had reflected back to me a profound understanding of what we are trying to do with the movie. It was utterly thrilling.”