Two weeks after previews of Gwen Stefani’s new song “Shine” hit the internet, the full track finally leaked for everyone to hear. “Shine” will be included in the upcoming children’s film Paddington, based on the popular books by Michael Bond. The film follows a Peruvian bear to London, and “Shine” get inside his head as Gwen sings from his perspective. Pharrell also appears towards the end of the track. Check out the song below:
Paddington will hit US theaters on January 16th, and includes the song “Shine” as performed by Gwen Stefani and Pharrell Williams. The British version of the movie, which was released in November, does not include the song.
Although Gwen previously stated that “Shine” was a No Doubt song, it seems this may be a different version. All credits so far only mention Gwen and Pharrell. It is possible an alternate version of “Shine” – performed by No Doubt – exists, but this is unconfirmed. Nonetheless, “Shine” has No Doubt’s signature horn section and Gwen’s cool attitude. We also love the acoustic guitar and laid back vibe.
“Shine” follows Gwen’s first two singles, both released in late 2014. “Baby Don’t Lie” was a synth-driven mid-tempo track produced by Benny Blanco. The follow-up, “Spark The Fire,” was co-written by Pharrell and has more hip hop and dance influence.
Gwen is getting to release her third solo album – her first since 2006’s The Sweet Escape. Gwen has already released two singles, but we still do not have a title or release date for her upcoming record. It is expected to be out in the next few months. No Doubt is also working on an album, which could appear later in 2015. You can catch up on everything we know about the two albums, as well as look over a list of known song titles. Keep checking back here for all the latest Gwen Stefani and No Doubt news.