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Are you aware that Anna Kendrick currently has the No. 68 song in the country?

Paging all pop culture aca-fficianados: Pitch Perfect may actually have a chart hit on its hands — more than three months after the movie’s release.

The a cappella comedy wasn’t exactly an Avengers-sized blockbuster; it grossed a respectable $65 million during its theatrical run, but today, almost four months after its release, the little film that could is still thriving in the tweets/posts/minds of fans. Pitch Perfect appears to have achieved instantaneous cult status — you might say it’s this generation’s Bring It On, another über-choreographed, girl-centric musical comedy.

Now that Pitch Perfect is out on DVD/Blu-ray, Anna Kendrick, the film’s star, is enjoying something few other Hollywood actresses ever get a taste of: a single on Billboard‘s Hot 100.

Yep, Kendrick’s solo tune “Cups,” which uses the cup-drumming rhythm popularized in viral videos by Erato and Lennon and Maisy (as well as summer camps across the country), has climbed all the way to number 68 on the all-genre chart — an impressive feat for any song, much less one that’s only one minute and 17 seconds long. (The full Pitch Perfect soundtrack sold 212,000 copies in 2012 following its September 25 release.)

Kendrick performed a bit of “Cups” on The Late Show last October. Check it out below:

What say you about the success of “Cups?” Surprised?

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Music Mix Q&A: Henry Rollins on 'West of Memphis' soundtrack and what's next for the West Memphis Three

Back in 1994, three teenagers were convicted for the murder of three boys in West Memphis, Arkansas. The three young men—Damien Echols, Jessie Misskelley, and Jason Baldwin—were railroaded from start to finish, and the case against them was built on the idea that the children were killed as part of a satanic ritual conducted by the trio, who were also quiet kids who listened to heavy metal.

They became known as the West Memphis Three, and the quest to free them became a cause celebre that attracted the attention of stars like Johnny Depp, Pearl Jam frontman Eddie Vedder, and former Black Flag and Rollins Band frontman Henry Rollins, who regularly hosted benefit shows and put out a curated an album of Black Flag covers to raise funds for the West Memphis Three’s appeals. The story has been well told in the documentary series Paradise Lost, as well as in the just-released documentary West of Memphis, which shifts its focus to the process that led to the Alford pleas that allowed the West Memphis Three to go free after 18 years.

With so many musicians invested in the West Memphis Three, it’s no surprise that the soundtrack to West of Memphis—which just hit store shelves yesterday—has a pretty tremendous lineup, including Vedder, Depp, Bob Dylan, Nick Cave, Natalie Maines, and Rollins. EW spoke with Rollins recently about the film, the soundtrack, and the ongoing saga of the West Memphis Three.

EW: Considering how long this process has been and the stakes involved, is it a little surreal to be talking about the West Memphis Three in terms of the subject of a film soundtrack? 
Rollins: I never thought we’d be having this conversation—the soundtrack, the movie, all of that. There were a lot of dark months, even dark years. You burn so many emotional calories thinking about these guys in cages. Then the thing goes to the judge, the thing you’ve been working on for 15 months, and the judge just goes “Nah.” And you’re back at the bottom of the hill, covered in mud, with no tools. So you have to go back and get the tools again. This would be for three years at a time. The entire thing became abstract. The trippiest thing is now me hanging with Damien in New York at a packed theater with a bunch of people clapping. It borders on the surreal.

And even though they are no longer in jail, the story still isn’t over.
Right. The thing that a lot of people do forget is that three beautiful little boys were killed. There are parents who are still gutted that their babies are dead. What parent gets over it? So someone did that—not Damien, Jesse or Jason, but someone. And they need to answer for that. These people need any resolution that can be afforded, and the West Memphis Three need exoneration. They did not do anything, and not only do they deserve to get out of prison, but the rest of the world needs to go, “OK, they really did get the guy.” READ FULL STORY

TV Jukebox: 'Downton Abbey,' 'Cougar Town,' 'Castle,' and more music-on-TV moments

Welcome to 2013, Jukeboxers! As shows premiere and kick back up, we’ve got a new set of tunes for a new year, including brash entries, sob-inducing exits, and two actual jukeboxes. So, if you’ve been wondering “What’s that song?” while watching your favorite shows, we’re here to tell you. Check out our picks and the full Spotify playlist below. (Warning for those still catching up on DVR: SPOILERS ahead!) READ FULL STORY

Jay-Z at work on 'dope' score for 'The Great Gatsby'

Both Jay Gatsby and Jay-Z  know that you can’t knock the hustle, so it makes sense that the two will be scheming together this spring.

In a somewhat (though not totally) unexpected bit of news, producer the Bullitts (né Jeymes Samuel, brother of Seal) tweeted that he and Jay-Z are hard at work on scoring Baz Luhrmann’s upcoming adaptation of the The Great Gastby.

“Jay-Z and myself have been working tirelessly on the score for the upcoming #CLASSIC The Great Gatsby! It is too DOPE for words!” read the tweet, which added yet another dash of intrigue to the elusive Gatsby remake. The film, which stars Leonardo DiCaprio as Gatsby himself, is set for a May release after more than a year of assorted trailers and promotion.

The news shouldn’t come as too much of a surprise, however, as Jay-Z’s Kanye West-assisted single “No Church in the Wild” soundtracked one of the movie’s early trailers, which you can watch below:

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'Les Mis' highlights rule Billboard soundtracks chart

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At the end of the day, Les Mis is a hit.

The buzzy Oscar hopeful already rules at the box office, having earned the second-highest Christmas opening of all time. Now Billboard reports that the musical’s soundtrack has debuted at the number one spot on its Soundtracks chart, selling 43,000 units according to Nielsen SoundScan. Even more impressive: The album was released Friday, Dec. 21, while SoundScan’s tracking week ended on Sunday, Dec. 23, meaning Les Mis topped the chart after just three full days on sale. The soundtrack also appears at number 33 on the Billboard 200 chart, above releases by fun. and Kelly Clarkson.

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'Django Unchained' soundtrack posted online: Stream it here

One of the best parts about Spaghetti Western movies are the Spaghetti Western soundtracks that come with them, and Quentin Tarantino’s Django Unchained is no exception.

Although, it kind of is. Regular standby scorers like Ennio Morricone, Luis Bacalov, and Jerry Goldsmith show up for memorable little compositions, with snippets of dialogue from the Jamie Foxx-starring movie spliced in. But also on this soundtrack are very modern, very cool numbers from the likes of Rick Ross (“100 Black Coffins”), John Legend (“Who Did That to You?”), and James Brown and 2Pac (mashed up from the dead on “Unchained (The Payback/Untouchable)”).

Check out the soundtrack to the new Quentin Tarantino flick in the player below:

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TV Jukebox holiday edition! 'New Girl,' 'Grey's Anatomy,' and more spirited music-on-TV-moments

Happy finale week, Jukeboxers. With the holiday season in full swing, it wasn’t surprising that the Christmas-y start to last week’s column carried through to this edition. Unlike the average week at Jukebox, you probably recognized most of these songs in your favorite shows. But did you know which au courant artists were covering them? We’re here to tell you! Check out our picks and the full Spotify playlist below. (Warning for those still catching up on DVR: SPOILERS ahead!)
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Adele recorded vocals for 'Skyfall' in 10 minutes, says producer

So, how long did you wait in line for coffee at Starbucks this morning? Probably just long enough for Adele to record a Golden Globe-winning song or two.

In an interview with Hollywood.com, trusty Adele producer and collaborator Paul Epworth spilled the beans on the creative process behind the singer’s James Bond theme “Skyfall,” which not only snagged a Golden Globe nod yesterday, but also made the Oscar “short list” for Original Song contenders. And, as Epworth tells it, the process was a very quick one. READ FULL STORY

'Girls' soundtrack album announced: See the tracklist here

You may have to wait until Jan. 13 for a new season of Lena Dunham’s Girls, but the soundtrack to the HBO’s show’s first season will be at your service before then.

Thanks to indie label Fueled by Ramen, the official season-one soundtrack to the groundbreaking comedy will be available for purchase beginning Jan. 8. Dunham herself took to Twitter yesterday to debut the album’s cover art, which looks more or less how you expect it would.

As for the actual soundtrack, there aren’t many surprises on that front either. The Robyn song “Dancing on My Own,” responsible for one of the more significant and memorable role in the series, kicks things off, followed by the band fun., whose guitarist Dunham has been linked to romantically.

Beyond that, fans of the HBO comedy can expect contributions from the likes of Icona Pop, Santigold, Fleet Foxes, and Belle & Sebastian. Take a look at the full Girls soundtrack below:

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TV Jukebox: 'The Good Wife,' 'Go On,' 'Boardwalk Empire,' and more music-on-TV-moments

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EW staffers have been listening to Christmas music since early November, so it was music to our ears when shows started cranking up our holiday favorites this week. Or were we? Some of this week’s “show tunes” turned out to be downright ho-ho-horrifying.

So, if you’ve been wondering “What’s that song?” while watching your favorite shows, we’re here to tell you. Check out our picks and the full Spotify playlist below. (Warning for those still catching up on DVR: SPOILERS ahead!) READ FULL STORY

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