The Soundtrack to the upcoming Baz Lurhmann movie The Great Gatsby promises to be outstanding. Jay Z overlooking the whole project seems to deliver, despite the fact that Mrs Carter and André 3000 are recording Back To Black doesn’t please a bunch of Winehouse fans. An official soundtrack sampler has been released, revealing 30-second snippets of each of the songs, the Beyoncé cover excluded. After the jump however, you’ll find another audio sampler, which allows you to listen to a sneak peak. Another remarkable remake is Beyoncé’s Crazy In Love, in a swing version performed by Emeli Sandé, who also contributed a track to Danny Boyle’s latest Trance.
And for those who simply can’t get enough of Lana Del Rey‘s vintage escapades, you will be thrilled to hear Young and Beautiful. The track will become the first official single to be taken from the Soundtrack. If this track is anything to go by, both the film and its musical setting got us eagerly looking forward to seeing the result. You can listen to the superb song in full after the jump, as well as Florence + the Machine’s contribution Over The Love.
Back To Black – Beyoncé & André 3000
Bang Bang – Will.i.am
A Little Party Never Killed Nobody (All We Got) – Fergie, Q Tip & GoonRock
Young And Beautiful – Lana Del Rey
Love Is The Drug – Bryan Ferry with The Bryan Ferry Orchestra
Over The Love – Florence + The Machine
Where The Wind Blows – Coco O. of Quadron
Crazy in Love – Emeli Sandé and The Bryan Ferry Orchestra
Together – The xx
Hearts A Mess – Gotye
Love Is Blindness – Jack White
Into the Past – Nero
Kill and Run – Sia
Another Soundtrack causing quite a stir on social media is the upcoming Baz Lurhmann movie The Great Gatsby, based on the novel by American author F. Scott Fitzgerald, set in the Roaring Twenties. The film starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Carey Mulligan and Tobey Maguire will be released May 10th. Executive producer of its Soundtrack is Jay-Z, who also contributed an original song. Other names listed on the score include Q-Tip, Lana Del Rey, the xx, Florence & The Machine, Will.i.am, Fergie, Emile Sandé, Jack White, Gotye, and Bryan Ferry. Most notable is a new collaboration between Beyoncé and Andre 3000. They are rumored to cover the Amy Winehouse classic Back To Black. Mitch Winehouse, Amy’s dad, tweeted many aren’t too impressed the Diva and one half of Outkast are touching this iconic song. No snippets surfaced thus far. Meanwhile, Beyoncé did debut her new Pepsi commercial, entitled Mirrors. The advert features the Timbaland-produced Grown Woman, new music from her upcoming album.
As if we haven’t enough new album releases to look forward to this month, Canadian singer Rufus Wainwright will release his seventh studio album Out Of The Game on May 1st, produced by Mark Ronson. Release date for the UK has been set for April 23rd. The first single will be the uptempo title track. No clip available as yet.
Rufus calls the album “the most pop album I’ve ever made”, while Ronson claims “it’s the best work of my career.” The 12 track set was recorded in New York in the fall of 2011 and will be more pop oriented with a ’70s touch, though referring to Wainwright’s earlier work, inspired by some of the great pop writers of the past, including Freddie Mercury, David Bowie and Elton John. Musicians on the album include the Dap-Kings who also worked with Ronson on the Amy Winehouse album Back To Black.
Out Of The Game track listing:
Out Of The Game
Welcome To The Ball
Sometimes You Need
Song Of You
Amy Winehouse’s death will not have surprised anyone, still it came as a shock. Sad to lose such a promising talent so prematurely. A selection of tracks for a next album had already been recorded, so we should at least see a third album released in the near future. Shame there will be no more to follow. Meanwhile the brilliant collaboration with Mark Ronson Back To Black has reached #1 download status in many a country. The music is what we should remember her for.
Since the news of her untimely death broke,Twitter, Facebook and other platforms were flooded with messages of sympathy to pay respect. Among those reactions from close friend Kelly Osbourne, Carole King (whose song Will You Love Me Tomorrow Amy recorded), Tony Bennett (who will feature Amy on his upcoming second Duets album) and M.I.A., who posted a personal tribute on her soundcloud account. A dark but lyrically spot on creation. Take a listen here.