Viewers of the Grammy’s last night received a little extra during the commercial break. Premiering the second trailer for the upcoming Disney movie Maleficent, Lana Del Rey’s new cover track “Once Upon a Dream” also made its debut. The chilling tune sets a tense mood for the theatrical trailer and Rey’s signature moody voice is a perfect backdrop. Swooning and placing listeners in a trance, the single will be the film’s title track. Telling the story of the classic Grimm fairy tale of Sleeping Beauty from the perspective of the “evil sorceress”, the upcoming flick is set to drop May 30th nationwide. Listen to it above and be sure to download it for free through Google Play.
It was only yesterday that we introduced you to The Weeknd‘s new single from The Hunger Games: Catching Fire soundtrack, and now tonight we have our hands on Ellie Goulding‘s contribution to the mix. Like “Devil May Cry” before it, “Mirror” is a beautiful compilation with its own enchanting qualities. From Ellie’s fluttering vocals to the emotional chorus, this track should fit in perfectly among the other amazing selections we’ve heard from the upcoming film so far. Don’t just take our word for it though. You can stream the full length soundtrack through iTunes right now before its release on November 19th, with the film arriving in a theater near you on November 22nd.
When you think of The Weeknd, the first thing that pops in your mind is probably not The Hunger Games. Despite that, Abel’s second contribution to the upcoming film’s soundtrack is certainly a must listen. “Devil May Cry” finds the Canadian crooner breaking from convention as he weaves together an eloquent and captivating melody. It’s not often that The Weeknd get to show off his versatility, but RickRubin helped bring his vision to light, as he explains here:
I wanted to go for an uplifting and conquering yet melancholy mood. Rick Rubin helped me bring it to life.
The soundtrack for The Hunger Games: Catching Fire will be available on November 19th, with the film hitting theaters shortly afterwards on November 22nd. However, you can stream the full soundtrack on iTunes right now, which includes contributions from Coldplay, Lorde, TheNational, Diplo, and more.
What better way to cap off an amazing week of new music than with some Twin Shadow? On his shiny new single, George Lewis Jr. languishes about being caught in the unenviable position of trying to avoid falling back into his old relationship or moving forward onto new horizons. As frustrating as that may sound, there’s nothing to get disappointed about with this amazing tune. “Old Love / New Love” is a reverberant masterpiece with electrifying piano chords, rolling bass, and 80’s pop sensibilities that are guaranteed to get you up on your feet. If you needed any more reasons to purchase GTA:V, this would be the ultimate cherry on top.
Although most of the hyped material from The Great Gatsby soundtrack has already been released, at least one song has remained at the forefront of just about every fan’s mind. Well, there’s no need to wait any longer. Thanks to NPR, we finally have the chance to listen to Jay-Z‘s contribution to the soundtrack, along with the full album stream. Given the title of the track, it’s pretty obvious what to expect from Hov. The song is full of boastful, braggadocious rhymes and even includes a few quotes from the movie to help explain how Jay’s infatuation with decadence and wealth matches up with some of its characters. The Great Gatsby soundtrack will be in stores next week on May 7th, while the film hits theaters a few days later on May 10th.
While I sometimes find myself shying away from those gaudy, hyper-active commercials for the revamped 2013 version of The Great Gatsby, there’s no denying that the film’s got a super hot, Grade-A soundtrack. We’ve already heard Florence and the Machine’s “Over The Love”, Lana Del Rey’s “Young & Beautiful”, and Nero’s “Into The Past”. Now, the latest track to surface from the OST is this bone-chilling, slow-thumper “Together” by The xx, maestros of haunting subtlety. If you know what Fitzgerald’s story is all about, you’ll know this song is perfect for it. Stream The xx’s “Together”.
The Great Gatsby continues to astonish us with each and every new release from its soundtrack. Amongst names like Jay-Z, Beyoncé, Florence + The Machine, and Lana Del Rey, Nero definitely sticks out like a sore thumb. However, the UK trio proves they more than belong with that collection of heavyweights through their latest effort. The group temporarily leaves their dubstep roots behind to bring us a gorgeous, illustrious landscape with looming, ominous undertones on “Into The Past.” Alanna Watson‘s labored breathing coupled with her haunting and elegant vocals is what really sets the tone for the piece. The group had this to say about the shaping of the sound, and the tune’s central themes:
One of the cues we’d written then developed into a full original song [“Into the Past”], with vocals from Alana. It’s based around one of the central themes of the story, that of memory and Gatsby’s drive to reshape past events.
If you’d like to learn more about how this song came to life, be sure to check out Nero’s exlusive interview with Billboard. Stay tuned for future updates from this outstanding soundtrack, and make sure to grab yourself a copy when it drops on May 7th.