Jay Z Premiers ‘100$ Bill’ From ‘Great Gatsby’ OST

At long last, after every other track from the album has already been released, hip-hop mogul Jay-Z has finally debuted his own contribution to the film’s official soundtrack, titled 100$ Bill. The track starts off with an audio snippet of Leonardo DiCaprio’s lines, “My life has got to be like this. It’s got to keep going on,” followed by some slick production by sprinkling it in between Jay-Z’s verses. The marriage between classical and modern music is done using jazz flutes to give the tune its 1920s vibe and a heavy percussion beat from the present that also accompanies Hov’s rhymes.

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Speaking of which, the lyrics contain] quite a number of names of well-known personalities from music and history such as Marvin Gaye, Taylor Swift, Kennedy, Einstein, and Benjamin Franklin to name a few. It also makes references to the September 11 terror attacks, heroin, and Colin Powell.

“It’s not the typical soundtrack, or a standalone piece,” said Jay-Z as he describes the album. “The songs are pretty much in the film, so it goes hand in hand with each other. It has to fit pretty snug, it wasn’t an afterthought,” he added.

As to trying to fit modern music (particularly rap) into a period piece such as The Great Gatsby, Jay-Z put it nicely by saying, “Music is music no matter what. Timeless music is timeless music. It doesn’t matter what genre.”

Going back to familiar names, the album is consisted of a star-studded line-up featuring songs from his wife Beyonce, Andre Benjamin (a.k.a. Andre 3000), Lana del Rey, Florence and the Machine, Jack White, Emeli Sande, and B.E.P. members will.i.am and Fergie (a.k.a. Stacy Ferguson).

‘The Great Gatsby’ Soundtrack Sampler Unveiled

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The soundtrack for the film The Great Gatsby has been revealed online and fans would definitely love to hear this. But the sampler posted doesn’t include Beyonce’s version of Amy Winehouse’s Back to Black and $100 Bill which is performed by Jay Z.

The album features songs performed by artists including Fergie with Q Tip and GoonRock, Coco O. of Quadron, Gotye, Sia, Andre 3000, and Beyonce. Also included in the list are Bryan Ferry’s new version of his own song Love Is The Drug, Emeli Sande and Beyonce in Crazy in Love, and Jack White’s version of U2′s Love Is Blindness. New songs from Florence + The Machine, Lana Del Rey, Nero, Will.i.am and The xx were written for the scenes.

Jay Z is the executive producer of the film as well as its soundtrack.

Below is the tracklist:

1. Bang Bang – will.i.am (0:01)
2. A Little Party Never Killed Nobody (All We Got) – Fergie, Q Tip & GoonRock (0:31)
3. Young And Beautiful – Lana Del Rey (1:01)
4. Love Is The Drug – Bryan Ferry with The Bryan Ferry Orchestra (1:32)
5. Over The Love – Florence & The Machine (2:03)
6. Where The Wind Blows – Coco O. of Quadron (2:33)
7. Crazy in Love – Emeli Sande and The Bryan Ferry Orchestra (3:04)
8. Together – The xx (3:34)
9. Hearts A Mess – Gotye (4:06)
10. Love Is Blindness – Jack White (4:35)
11. Into the Past – Nero (5:06)
12. Kill and Run – Sia (5:36)

Song Review: ‘We Both Know’ by Colbie Caillat and Gavin DeGraw

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We Both Know is a stirring romantic duet recorded by pop singer-songwriter and acoustic guitarist Colbie Caillat and Gavin DeGraw for the Nicholas Sparks romantic thriller Safe Haven, starring Julianne Hough and Josh Duhamel. The movie will be aired in theaters on Valentine’s Day.

The song is very emotional, featuring both Caillat’s and DeGraw’s unusual tendency to express emotions with words, turning words into art. Their passion brims over into these lyrics, giving them depth.

When you hear a heartbreak song, it’s usually focused on the grief. It is seldom for us to hear a love song of maturity and self-realization combined, and We Both Know nails it. I mean, this is my first time to hear that kind of song but maybe it has been a while since a romantic song has brought this notion. As time goes by, you will learn acceptance and love is more than just a feeling.

With this very touching song, I may actually venture out into theaters to see a movie that fosters so much star presence. For me, Caillat and DeGraw may give Duhamel and Hough a run for their money when it comes to who may be a stronger pairing. I guess we will know when the movie is released. But in the meantime, break out the tissue, because the song alone may start the waterworks!

This is one of the most remarkable songs I’ve ever heard. It’s a uniquely heartrending listening experience that I highly recommend.

Check out the video for We Both Know:

‘Les Miserables’ Soundtrack Tops The Charts In UK And Ireland

Now that Tom Hooper’s Les Miserables has been released to almost half of the world, it is now the soundtrack’s turn to impress everyone with its performance on the charts. And well, it seems like it’s doing pretty good… as far as the English and the Irish is concerned at least.

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Despite the slight criticism the film got (not just from American Idol winner Adam Lambert, mind you) for having its cast perform the songs “raw”, its album still managed to find its way to the top spot in both the UK and Ireland, according to BBC. The album knocked Emeli Sande’s Our Version Of Events down to number two and at the same time being the first film cast recording to ever top the charts since the movie Evita back in 1997.

Moreover, if you think that the only time you’ll be seeing Hugh Jackman, Anne Hathaway and the rest of the cast perform the songs from the award-winning stage musical is in the movie itself then you got another thing coming. According to Baz Bamigboye of The Daily Mail, it is possible that they too will be performing some of the songs as a group number in the upcoming Oscars this February 24th, though there hasn’t been any confirmation yet.

But still, it won’t be surprising since Jackman and Hathaway are up for Best Actor and Best Actress after all, right? Anyway, songs that are likely to be performed are Can You Hear The People Sing? and One Day More. Though it’s also possible that they would do a medley of I Dreamed a Dream and On My Own.

Santigold Video Premiere Shows Girls Singing ‘Girls’

Last Sunday turned out to be a very special night for HBO’s TV series Girls not just because it was the second season of the series’s premiere but also because it managed to take home two Golden Globe awards: Best Comedy series and Best Actress for its star and creator Lena Dunham.

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And to help add to the celebration, a video to one of the songs in its soundtrack premiered on Monday. So which song was it? It was Santigold’s hypnotic dance track aptly titled Girls. Shot entirely in New York City, the video features girls ranging from all colors, shapes, sizes and ages lip-syncing to Santigold’s rapid-fire rhymes, which would definitely be impressive if they were actually saying the words and not just mouthing them off.

Anyhow, the soundtrack album Girls Soundtrack Volume 1 is already available in stores and in iTunes, which was released last week. Featured artists include Robyn, Fleet Foxes, Belle and Sebastian and more.

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Tracklist for ‘Breaking Dawn Part 2′ Soundtrack Revealed

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As fans eagerly await for the second part of Twilight: Breaking Dawn to be released, Summit Entertainment together with Chop Shop Records and Atlantic Records have finally revealed the track listing for the upcoming movie’s soundtrack.

Music includes songs from Green Day, Ellie Goulding, Christina Perri, Feist, St. Vincent and more. Because of the film franchise’s high mass appeal especially with its soundtrack, rock band Green Day agreed to contribute to the compilation album.

Green Day bassist Mike Dirnt has talked to Yahoo! and said, “When we were asked to be part of the ‘Twilight: Breaking Dawn – Part 2′ soundtrack, we readily agreed because the films are an insane cultural phenomenon, and we have always been impressed with the way the ‘Twilight’ soundtracks are so carefully curated.”

1. Where I Come From – Passion Pit
2. Bittersweet – Ellie Goulding
3. The Forgotten – Green Day
4. Fire In The Water – Feist
5. Everything And Nothing – The Boom Circuits
6. The Antidote – St. Vincent
7. Speak Up – POP ETC
8. Heart of Stone – Iko
9. Cover Your Tracks – A Boy and His Kite
10. Ghosts – James Vincent McMorrow
11. All I’ve Ever Needed – Paul McDonald & Nikki Reed
12. New For You – Reeve Carney
13. A Thousand Years (Part Two) – Christina Perri
14. Plus Que Ma Prope Vie – Carter Burwell

Source: http://movies.yahoo.com/blogs/movie-talk/exclusive-twilight-breaking-dawn-part-2-soundtrack-song-204714079.html

Adele’s ‘Skyfall’ Theme Song Is Out

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The theme song for the new James Bond movie Skyfall has hit the web.

The Rolling in the Deep songstress Adele confirmed that she had already recorded the theme song for Skyfall after months of rumurs and tweeted a photo of the sheet music from the recording studio. Adele enlisted Paul Epworth (who collaborated with her on Rolling in the Deep) to co-write and produce the Skyfall theme song.

Adele admits, “I was a little hesitant at first to be involved with the theme song for Skyfall. There’s a lot of instant spotlight and pressure when it comes to a Bond song. But I fell in love with the script and Paul had some great ideas for the track and it ended up being a bit of a no-brainer to do it in the end. It was also a lot of fun writing to a brief, something I’ve never done which made it exciting. When we recorded the strings, it was one of the proudest moments of my life. I’ll be back combing my hair when I’m 60 telling people I was a Bond girl back in the day, I’m sure!’ Recorded at Abbey Road Studios in London, Skyfall features the lush accompaniment of a 77-piece orchestra.”

Epworth tweeted, “I hear a short excerpt of Skyfall leaked. I can’t wait for everyone to hear the whole thing because Adele’s performance is jaw dropping. ” Her voice can be heard belting out the theme song, “Let the sky fall, and it crumbles/ We will stand tall/ And face it all together.”

Listen to Adele’s new track:

FREE iTunes Download: Live to Rise by Soundgarden

After 15 long years, Soundgarden has finally released their first new song ‘Live to Rise’ and is now available for fans to download for free on iTunes! The song was released as part of the promotion for the upcoming Disney movie Marvel’s The Avengers, which is said to run until April 24 and will also include an exclusive clip from the movie The Face Off.

Soundgarden singer-songwriter Chris Cornell said in an interview with Billboard that, “The hard part of writing a song for a film is it has to act as a Soundgarden song, first and foremost, then obviously, it has to coexist with the film.”

The band was asked to contribute a song for the movie’s official soundtrack while working on their reunion album which was set to release by fall this year. They didn’t find any of their tracks to fit the movie enough based on Cornell’s statement and so Cornell and guitarist Kim Thayil decided to start from scratch and thus led up to the creation of “Live to Rise.”

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