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Adele's 'Skyfall': Finally! A great James Bond theme! -- LISTEN

The history of themes to James Bond films is a storied one. From Shirley Bassey’s brassy “Goldfinger” to Paul McCartney’s hard rocking “Live and Let Die,” Duran Duran’s synthy “A View to a Kill” to Tina Turner’s slinky “Goldeneye,” the track designated to play over the opening credits to the latest 007 cinematic adventure has often climbed the charts, standing on its own as a pop hit.

Well, for a while, anyway. Since Turner’s take on Bond in 1995, only Madonna’s “Die Another Day” has managed to break through as a standalone hit, and even then, I dare you to try humming Madge’s techno tune from memory. Otherwise, the dashing British secret agent has lately been saddled with overwrought and quickly forgotten music from some usually reliable hitmakers, including Sheryl Crow, Chris Cornell, Jack White, and Alicia Keys.

It is with that sad preamble that I invite you to feast your ears on the newest James Bond theme, “Skyfall,” written by Adele and her “Rolling in the Deep” collaborator Paul Epworth for Sam Mendes-directed film that hits stateside Nov. 9. It’s the Grammy-winning artist’s first song since her mega-hit album 21, not to mention her pregnancy announcement, and it does not disappoint. Note: The official version is much longer than the radio version leaked earlier today. Check it out below:  READ FULL STORY

Adele tapped for official 'Skyfall' theme song

It had been long-rumored, but now it looks official: Adele will aid James Bond by recording Skyfall‘s official theme song.

The song will be called, yes, “Skyfall,” and some or all of it has likely already been recorded: Adele’s been seen chilling at an MGM recording studio, which only fueled all the early speculation. In recording a James Bond musical entry, she’ll be joining a club that includes Paul McCartney, Alicia Keys and Jack White, Carly Simon, Garbage, and others.

Plus, those keeping score at home are no doubt aware that this will be her first new song since her record-crushing 2010 album 21, let alone her pregnancy announcement.

The Sam Mendes-directed Skyfall opens Oct. 26 abroad and Nov. 9 in the States.

Do you think it’s a good career move for Adele? Sound off in the comments.

Read more:
On the Charts: Carly Rae has a ‘Good Time’, Train chugs along, Adele finally drops out of Top 10
What songs should we expect from post-pregnancy Adele? Music Mix reports!
Adele expecting her first child

 

Check out two previously unreleased songs from 'Neil Young Journeys' -- EXCLUSIVE

In Jonathan Demme’s documentary Neil Young Journeys, the Silence of the Lambs filmmaker follows Young through his Ontario hometown and onward to a show in Toronto, all while talking about life and music during a ride in Young’s 1956 Ford Crown Victoria.

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Young is no stranger to the world of film — he’s had several documentaries made about his work, including Neil Young: Heart of Gold and Neil Young: Silver and Gold, which Demme and producing partner Elliot Rabinowitz also teamed up on, plus his scripted environmental treatise, Greendale.

Journeys will be out Oct. 16 on DVD and Blu-ray from Sony Home Entertainment. In the meantime, take a listen to two previously unreleased tracks, exclusive to EW, below: “You Never Call” and “Leia.” The first is a soulful, sad, bluesy track; the second is more lively, playful one.
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Birdy's 'Just a Game' video from 'The Hunger Games': Watch here - EXCLUSIVE

Perhaps you’ve heard of that little cinematic endeavor, The Hunger Games, and its accompanying soundtrack featuring the likes of Taylor Swift, Arcade Fire, Kid Cudi, and Civil Wars?

This week The Hunger Games arrived on DVD and Blu-Ray with all kinds of extras, including a never-before-seen music video for precocious U.K. songstress Birdy‘s contribution to the soundtrack, “Just a Game.”

Check out its exclusive online premiere below.

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Full 'Sparkle' soundtrack now streaming; Jordin Sparks calls experience 'Bittersweet'

The release of Sparkle is still a month away, but the soundtrack album is hitting several weeks earlier, on July 31.

Written largely by R. Kelly and Curtis Mayfield, the album features vocal contributions from Jordin Sparks, Cee-Lo Green, and the late Whitney Houston. A handful of the songs have already been released, and now the entirety of the soundtrack is currently streaming at Essence.

EW spoke to Sparks this weekend about the experience of making Sparkle and dealing with the aftermath of Houston’s sudden passing. “It is hard because it is bittersweet,” Sparks says. “I worked with my idol and that was a dream come true. I used to watch the Cinderella adaptation with her and Brandy every day after school. But she should really be here promoting it with me and [it's] really hard for me to be doing it alone.”

“Singing her song at the Billboard awards was the hardest thing I have ever done,” she explained. “I think the only reason I got through it without sobbing was because she’s up there watching over me.”

Check out the Sparkle soundtrack streaming exclusively over at Essence. The album is in stores next Tuesday, with the movie hitting theaters on August 17.

Additional reporting by Carrie Bell

Read More on EW.com:
‘Sparkle’ soundtrack listing: Whitney Houston’s final recordings coming July 31
‘Sparkle’: Video for Whitney Houston-Jordin Sparks duet ‘Celebrate’ debuts — WATCH
Whitney Houston duets with Jordin Sparks for ‘Sparkle’ track: Hear it here

Additional reporting by Carrie Bell

Elton John says he 'wasted' too much of his life on drugs

Not only did Elton John’s new book Love Is the Cure: On Life, Loss and the End of AIDS hit shelves today, but the Sir himself also hit the Today show this morning.

In the first half of his two-part interview with Matt Lauer (the other portion will air on tomorrow’s program), the 65-year-old musician admitted that he’s made a number of regrettable decisions in his time, many of which took place during the AIDS epidemic.

“I wasted such a big part of my life, when this epidemic was beginning to happen in the early 1980s and I was a drug addict and self-absorbed,” John told Lauer from his home. “You know, I was having people die right, left, and center around me — friends. And yet I didn’t stop the life that I had, which is the terrible thing about addiction. It’s that bad of a disease.”

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'Sparkle' soundtrack listing: Whitney Houston's final recordings coming July 31

When Whitney Houston passed away on February 11, there were rumors that she had been working on new music for her own solo album. Since it seems as though said rumors are little more than hopeful speculation, for now we can only assume that the tracks recorded for the upcoming soundtrack to Sparkle will be her last recordings.

The soundtrack listing to Sparkle, which comes out on July 31 in advance of the film’s August 17 theatrical release date, features a total of 11 tracks, including a pair of Houston songs (the solo track “His Eye Is On the Sparrow” and the Jordin Sparks duet “Celebrate”) and a total of seven contributions from Sparks.

Check out the entirety of the soundtrack listing below.  READ FULL STORY

Katy Perry starting her own record label

The California Gurl is growing up.

In a recent interview with The Hollywood Reporter, 27-year-old Katy Perry revealed her plans to start her own record label. Her new enterprise doesn’t have a name yet, but “I’m preparing for it now,” she assured THR.

“And when this record label does come to fruition, I’m going to try and avoid the things that take away any fighting chance for an artist to have financial success,” Perry said. “As people are coming to me with opportunities, I’m thinking, ‘How would I want to be treated?’”

It’s unclear where her imprint will live, but it’ll likely be at EMI, where Perry is currently signed (with Capitol Records). As one EMI executive told THR, “Katy is one of our crown jewels.”

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In honor of 'Moonrise Kingdom,' listen to a playlist of our favorite Wes Anderson soundtrack songs

If you’ve already put on your finest camp gear and nonprescription black-framed eyeglasses, then you’re well aware that Wes Anderson’s Moonrise Kingdom – the director’s first live-action movie in five years — opens today. And you know what that means: a new Wes Anderson soundtrack!

By now, the filmmaker’s soundtracks have become more or less their own genre. Anderson is clearly a man of cultured (and very specific) tastes, and his curatorial chops shine on his soundtracks as brightly as they do in his obsessively detailed movies. The trailer for his latest, for instance, has Francois Hardy’s classic “Le Temps de l’Amour” basically woven into its DNA.

Yet the soundtrack to Kingdom, his seventh feature-length film, is the most unlike his previous ones. Anderson’s movies are usually supported by a mix of vinyl-era rock greats and British Invasion hipsters (think David Bowie, Love, the Rolling Stones, and especially the Kinks, which he originally wanted to be the only band soundtracking Rushmore) as well as Newport Folk Festival friendlies (such as Bob Dylan and Joan Baez), plus original compositions from Devo vet Mark Mothersbaugh. This time around, though, the music comes largely from composer Alexandre Desplat; after him, Hank Williams is the dominant force, with three songs.

Of course, a lot of this probably has to do with the movie being set in 1965, before most of his favorite go-tos were hitting their stride. But that doesn’t mean we’re any less excited — if anything, we’re all the more intrigued.

To get further amped for Anderson’s latest entry, we’ve combed through sixteen years of his soundtracks — from 1996′s Bottle Rocket to today’s Moonrise Kingdom — and put together our ultimate Wes Anderson playlist. Give it a spin below and let us know if you agree with our selections:

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Legendary Booker T. and the MGs bassist Donald 'Duck' Dunn dies in Tokyo at age 70

Legendary bassist and Booker T. and the MGs member Donald “Duck” Dunn died this morning in Tokyo at the age of 70. Dunn’s death was announced by his friend and fellow MG, guitarist Steve Cropper. “Today I lost my best friend, the world has lost the best guy and bass player to ever live” Cropper wrote on his website. “Duck Dunn died in his sleep Sunday morning May 13 in Tokyo Japan after finishing two shows at the Blue Note Night Club.”

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