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From music for advertising to the concert hall: Two Steps From Hell performs their trailer music live for the first time

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Nick Phoenix and Thomas Bergersen of Two Steps From Hell, a duo of composers who write music especially for movie trailers, had no idea when they formed in 2006 that their music would someday gain a large and devoted enough following to create demand for a live performance. Their music was for advertising, and albums were available only to music supervisors within the entertainment industry, not for purchase among the public. But that has changed, and now Two Steps have gained enough public attention to perform their epic music live. Walt Disney Concert Hall, a Downtown Los Angeles venue, hosted the trailer music company’s first concert on Friday night.

While it was once frowned upon to release music to the public that was originally meant to be exclusive to trailer editors, Two Steps is now one of multiple trailer music libraries that have made their music available on sites like iTunes. In 2009, the third trailer for J.J. Abrams’ Star Trek put Two Steps From Hell on the map when it featured their majestic yet ethereal track “Freedom Fighters.” While most of the duo’s profits still come from licensing their tracks for use in advertising for films, TV, and video games, they now also have a lucrative business selling their music to the public.

“We were so focused on providing music for business that when we suddenly realized that the public was also interested, it was flattering and surprising,” recalled Russell Emanuel, CEO of Extreme Music, which distributes Two Steps From Hell’s music. “That said, with the quality of [Two Steps'] competition, in hindsight it seems that this is something that was inevitable.” READ FULL STORY

'Man of Steel' soundtrack: New tech simulates surround sound through headphones

When Christopher Nolan first approached his Dark Knight trilogy and Inception composer about writing the music for the upcoming Superman movie Man of Steel, Hans Zimmer turned down the opportunity.

“I was the reluctant bride on this one,” Zimmer recently told reporters. “It’s an American icon. The John Williams [Superman] score was iconic, and I think it’s some of John’s best work. [I thought,] ‘Do I really want to follow in those footsteps?’”

But now the epic movie music maestro is very pleased that he ultimately signed on for what he called an “intimidating” task, and one reason is because it’s led to another chance for him and Nolan, who produced Man of Steel, to push the technology in their field. The deluxe soundtrack for Man of Steel was released today and features a new audio technology which creates a surround sound experience through regular headphones. It’s the first album to feature this new technology, called DTS Headphone:X. READ FULL STORY

Pussy Riot doc director says band member on hunger strike has not been hospitalized

Earlier this week, it was widely reported that Pussy Riot member Maria “Masha” Alekhina had been hospitalized on the seventh day of a hunger strike at the penal colony in the Urals where she is imprisoned. But according to Maxim Pozdorovkin, co-director of the documentary Pussy Riot: A Punk Prayer, that is not the case.

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First Look: Dane DeHaan ventures into a chaotic city in 'Metallica Through the Never' -- EXCLUSIVE PHOTO

There’s nothing typical about Metallica’s upcoming 3-D IMAX concert movie Metallica Through the Never, directed by Nimród Antal ­(Predators) and hitting theaters Sept. 27. In the movie, performance scenes are interspersed with a scripted story line featuring Chronicle star Dane DeHaan as a roadie ­dispatched into a chaotic city to carry out a mysterious task. Even producer Charlotte Huggins has a hard time categorizing the film: “It’s a ­dramatic movie in which a concert takes place,” she tells EW. READ FULL STORY

Fall Out Boy pay tribute to Spinal Tap on 'Conan': Watch here!

Fall Out Boy just dropped their latest (and actually very good) album Save Rock and Roll, and though their song titles are not as pun-tacular as they used to be, the band clearly hasn’t lost its sense of humor.

On last night’s episode of Conan, the band busted out Save Rock and Roll‘s first single “My Songs Know What You Did In the Dark” with a little help from the famous “Rock and Roll Creation” pods from This Is Spinal Tap.

When one of the pods failed to open (as they are wont to do) and imprisoned bassist Pete Wentz, Tap’s own bassist Derek Smalls (a.k.a. actor and writer Harry Shearer) filled in on the low end.

He brought along some pals, too. Check out the entirety of Fall Out Boy’s performance on last night’s episode of Conan below: READ FULL STORY

Listen to Jay-Z's 'The Great Gatsby' soundtrack sampler, featuring Fergie, Lana Del Rey, Jack White and more

No matter how The Great Gatsby does at the box office when it finally arrives in theaters next month, it’s eclectic, star-studded soundtrack is already a newsmaker.

Curated by Jay-Z, the Gatsby soundtrack includes tracks by Jay himself, Beyoncé, Jack White, Fergie, Sia, Lana Del Rey, the xx and more. Twelve of the 14 total core tracks are currently available in snippet form on YouTube, which you can stream below.

Highlights include Florence Welch wailing on the track “Over the Love” and the swing version of Beyoncé’s “Crazy in Love” delivered by Emeli Sandé.

There’s also the already-released “A Little Party Never Killed Nobody” by Fergie, Q-Tip, and GoonRock, which must be ironically titled given the fate of one Gatsby‘s main characters.

Listen to these, as well as Jack White’s cover of U2′s “Love Is Blindness” (as featured in the trailer to the film), a spin below: READ FULL STORY

Hear Gina Rodriguez and Braxton Millz on 'Filly Brown' soundtrack song 'Dream Big' -- EXCLUSIVE

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The Latin hip-hop epic Filly Brown won’t be out until April 26, but the movie’s soundtrack streets next week — and we have an exclusive premiere of “Dream Big,” a track from the movie’s star Gina Rodriguez, with Braxton Millz, available exclusively here.

The movie, about an up-and-coming rap artist from L.A. (Rodriguez), is also notable for featuring Jenni Rivera’s first and only film role before her tragic death last December. The soundtrack features an original score by composer Reza Safina, as well as original rap songs from Rodriguez, Millz, and Dominique.

Take a listen to “Dream Big” by Rodriguez and Millz below:

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Vanessa Hudgens drops 'Spring Breakers' inspired song '$$$ex': Hear it here

Can you not get enough of the new Harmony Korine movie Spring Breakers? Are you intrigued but still unsure about committing to 90 minutes of guns, drugs, Disney starlets in balaclavas and bikinis, and James Franco?

Either way, Vanessa Hudgens has you covered. The Spring Breakers star has released a new song called “$$$ex,” inspired by the film. Produced by Rock Mafia (Miley Cyrus’ “Can’t Be Tamed,” Demi Lovato’s “You’re My Only Shorty”), it comes complete with a hallucinogenic video that probably isn’t safe for Lil Wayne to watch.

Give “$$$ex” a $$$pin below: READ FULL STORY

First track from 'Oblivion' score by M83 hits the web -- listen to it here

The electronic music of French band M83 has appeared in dozens of movies, commercials and TV episodes, including ABC’s Revenge, BBC ads for the 2012 Olympics and the striking trailer for last year’s Cloud Atlas. But not until now have any of the band members written music specifically for a film. Anthony Gonzalez of M83 found his first film scoring gig in Tom Cruise-starrer Oblivion, which you can now get a sampling of — one track from the score was released online today.

The sci-fi flick is an appropriate first scoring gig for Gonzalez, given the band’s galaxy namesake and the spacey, celestial quality of their music. Gonzalez created Oblivion‘s score with TRON: Uprising composer Joseph Trapanese. Listen to this synth-driven first track, “StarWaves,” which the other M83 band members also contributed to, below: READ FULL STORY

Anna Kendrick's 'Pitch Perfect' song 'Cups' has been remixed for mainstream radio -- LISTEN

Anna Kendrick has already enjoyed a few weeks on Billboard‘s Hot 100 with her breakout a cappella hit “Cups,” from the Pitch Perfect soundtrack. Now, in a sign of just how popular the movie has become since its December DVD release, “Cups” is getting pushed to mainstream radio. According to AllAccess, the song hits stations on March 26.

A longer, remixed version of the song recently hit the web — complete with strummy guitar and plinky xylophone — which you can listen to below. The folky sing-a-long is slight, for sure, but it’s also infectious, and Kendrick has a prettily sweet tone that makes it all go down easy. READ FULL STORY

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