Disney owns a large back catalogue of songs thanks to owning a large number of musical movies/movies from their films, musicals and TV series which have songs, especially if aimed at younger children.
As a follow up to my article about if Disney+ would ever add video games, I’m back talking about Disney Music.
What Songs Do Disney Own?
If you take a look at the official Disney Vevo YouTube Channel and scroll just for a few minutes, you will find many songs from many different Disney properties, including songs from Raya and The Last Dragon, High School Musical: The Musical: The Series, Tangled, Phineas and Ferb, the Mulan remake, Soul and Frozen.
Disney also owns the record label Hollywood Records however, they don’t own the music produced by those artists as they could move over to any other music label at any time.
Why Disney+ Should Add More Music:
There are a number of ways Disney could offer music within Disney+. The original streaming service Disney launched in 2015 in the UK and Ireland, was called “DisneyLife” and offered a selection of books, music and games (they later removed the games to lower the price) alongside its large catalogue of movies and Disney Channel series.
DisneyLife also offered a selection of music videos featuring Disney Channel artists, so this could be an additional piece of content for Disney+. If they are releasing these videos on YouTube, why not on Disney+ as well?
Another way Disney could include more content is to offer, audio-only versions for all their classic songs and modern songs, I for one would love to be able to hear songs like “I Just Can’t-Wait To Be King” from the classic Lion King movie without ever leaving the Disney+ app. Similar to how you can use a Spotify app on your smart TV’s.
Theirs a lesser-known reason why Disney should add the music tracks to Disney+ and that’s quite simple,
The fact Disney already had music on DisneyLife before shuttering the service in 2020 and replacing it with Disney+ shows that they can make the music tracks available to people who want to put them on a loop through Disney+.
Beating Netflix Before They Stream Music:
Now comes the final point, Netflix has been streaming TV shows and movies for around a decade and a half and recently announced they were moving into making video games, so how long till they offer music they produced for their own originals as its own content category. It’s only a matter of time till Netflix makes its own music as part of its subscription as they try to become a one-stop-shop for all your entertainment.
Disney needs to counter this, and the quickest and easiest way for them to respond would be to drop its music library onto Disney+, whether that be under extras or give it its own genre like movies or series. If Disney added music, it could also lead to more people discovering some of their songs for the first time. It could also allow people to enjoy the songs again without having to watch the movie or series on repeat.
Do You Think Disney+ Add Music To The Service?
Ethan "Neil" Holloway is a huge Marvel, Star Wars and Pixar fan who grew up with Disney movies like Iron Man and The Lion King. Ethan has always been fascinated by movies especially ones that give a fair representation to those of disabled backgrounds and hopes to one day publish a novel with Disney Publishing Worldwide. You can call Ethan the "Disney Anime Guy" if you want.