The Great Gatsby soundtrack

timthumb.phpI’m a little embarrassed to admit this, being an entertainment journalist and all, but I haven’t seen Baz Luhrmann‘s The Great Gatsby yet. I’ve heard mixed reports, mostly positive but some weren’t so fond of it. I guess movie watching is very subjective and what I like, you might not enjoy. That’s the way of the world I guess. I will watch it though and I will share my thoughts when I get around to it. One thing I feel most of us will love is the soundtrack… WOW! Jigga, Bey. Gotye, Jack White, Sia, Florence + The Machine and Lana Del Rey just to mention a few of the many artists on this record. The album is co-produced by Anton Monsted, who served as executive music supervisor too. He, together will Luhrmann and Jay-Z, have created something I can only describe as a masterpiece in itself.

I’ve had brief listens to all of the tracks and I’m absolutely loving them. As for the ones I’ve got on repeat? Tjo, hotness. What I love about this album is that it’s got that swing, jazzy vibe but it’s funked up with some electro thrown in there. Rocking! Here is the official track listing:

1.   100$ Bill – JAY Z

2.   Back To Black – Beyoncé x André 3000

3.   Bang Bang – will.i.am

4.   A Little Party Never Killed Nobody (All We Got) – Fergie + Q Tip + GoonRock

5.   Young And Beautiful – Lana Del Rey

6.   Love Is The Drug – Bryan Ferry with The Bryan Ferry Orchestra

7.   Over The Love – Florence + The Machine

8.   Where The Wind Blows – Coco O. of Quadron

9.   Crazy in Love – Emeli Sandé and The Bryan Ferry Orchestra

10.  Together – The xx

11.  Hearts A Mess – Gotye

12.  Love Is Blindness – Jack White

13.  Into the Past – Nero

14.  Kill and Run – Sia

If you’re an Amy Winehouse fan, I’d love to hear your thoughts on Beyonce and Andre 3000’s version of Back to Black. I love it, but share your thoughts below.

Bruno Mars to release “Unorthodox Jukebox” December 10

It’s about damn time. Bruno Mars is back and ready to rock and roll with the release of his new album. The Grammy winner released his brand new single, Locked Out of Heaven” yesterday via his Youtube account (www.youtube.com/brunomars). It’s taken off his forthcoming album, “Unorthodox Jukebox”, which is due for release on the 10th of December. The first big bit of promotion he’ll be doing is on SNL. He’ll be hosting and performing on the hit show on the 20th of October (to be aired in SA on the 27th). He’s also on the cover of Billboard Magazine, which you will see on the right. Log on to Billboard.com for more.

Just a few other tidbits on the album- it was executive produced by The Smeezingtons. Other production credits include Jeff Bhasker (fun., Kanye West, Jay-Z), Mark Ronson (Amy Winehouse, Lil Wayne, Black Lips) and Diplo (M.I.A, Usher). More info will be released in the weeks leading up to the album. For more info though go to www.brunomars.com.

Have a listen to the first single below:

#Play100Club – looking for SA talent!

http://www.facebook.com/converse

CONVERSE PRESENTS: GET OUT OF THE GARAGE!

If you’re a music fan, you might’ve heard of The 100 Club in London. It has been around since 1942 and has played host to some of the world’s most interesting musical acts including the late Amy Winehouse, Sir Paul McCartney and many many more. Last year it faced closure due to high rentals and other contributing factors. Converse stepped in to help and thankfully it is still around.

CHECK OUT THEIR VIDEO PLAYLIST

So how does this affect you? Well if you’re an aspiring and unsigned musician they’re giving you a chance of a lifetime. You can win an all expenses paid trip to perform at the institution. All you need to do is upload your original song and your biography to the facebook group: facebook.com/converse. Judges Jon Savage (5FM), Zulu Boy and Garick Williams will narrow down the entries to ten. Those ten will then be showcased on the group and whoever gets the most votes wins. Simple.

Sounds lekker and this gives you an opportunity to showcase your talents too, so be sure to visit the group www.facebook.com/converse, follow them on Twitter @Converse_Africa or use the hashtag #Play100Club. Entries close on the 8th of July and the winner will be announced in August. Ts&Cs apply.

Whitney Houston dead at 48

It’s 05:42 on a Sunday morning in South Africa. My body clock has just gone off. I pick up my phone to check the time and naturally I check my unread messages at the same time. I then look at my BBM contact updates *it has become a habit* and I see several pictures have been changed to that of Whitney Houston. This can only mean one thing… The star has fallen victim to the “OMG so and so died” via the Internet. Only this time the sentence reads “OMG Whitney Houston died” and there’s no lying about this.

The star was found dead in her Beverly Hills hotel room yesterday afternoon. According to TMZ.com, paramedics arrived on the scene and immediately started CPR, but Houston was unresponsive. Her time of death was noted at 15:55. No signs of foul play are expected in this sudden and tragic passing of one of the greatest artists of our time and a full investigation into the cause of death has been opened.She was 48.

We have Houston to thank for so many wonderful hits. From I Wanna Dance With Somebody, to I Will Always Love You, to I’m Your Baby Tonight and Run To You, the star’s vocal ability is one thing you could and can never argue. In 2009, the star made her big comeback with her album I Look To You. Houston battled with a drug addiction over the years, but in 2009 she told Oprah in a sit down one-on-one that she had cleaned up her act and that she was back on track. She was a multiple Grammy winner, who was noted by Guinness World Record books as one of the most successful female artists of all time. She has sold in excess of 170 million albums worldwide.

Tonight the 54th annual Grammy Awards takes place in Los Angelas. It’s music’s biggest night and it seems like the eve of the awards will notoriously go down as one of the most fragile of days. Three years ago Chris Brown and Rihanna got into an argument. The result of that was a battered and bruised Rihanna. The picture of her very bruised face sent shock waves around the world. Now three years on we face yet another tragedy, that being the news of Whitney Houston’s untimely death. The President/ CEO of the Grammys Neil Portnow released the following statement earlier:

Six-time GRAMMY® winner Whitney Houston was one of the world’s greatest pop singers of all time who leaves behind a robust musical soundtrack spanning the past three decades. Her powerful voice graced many memorable and award-winning songs. A light has been dimmed in our music community today, and we extend our deepest condolences to her family, friends, fans and all who have been touched by her beautiful voice.

There will no doubt be a tribute to Houston this evening, along with some of her fellow soul legends Etta James and Amy Winehouse and others. It’s terribly sad to know that she will no longer give us music like this, but may her soul find the peace it so longingly desired.

2012 GRAMMY Nominees Album out of Jan. 24

The countdown to music’s biggest night is on, with just a month to go (to the date) until the awards take place in LA. Besides the Oscars, this is my big highlight on the entertainment calendar and I can’t wait to see how many trophies the incredible Adele takes home.

It has just been announced that the Foo Fighters, Jason Aldean and Kelly Clarkson, Bruno Mars, Taylor Swift and Nicki Minaj will all be performing coming Grammy night.

Now for the past eighteen years the good people at the Grammys have put together an album with some of the major nominees. Check out the tracklist for this year’s album, due to be released on the 24th of January:

1.       ADELE
          “Rolling In The Deep
Record Of The Year
Album Of The Year

2.         BRUNO MARS
            “Grenade”
Record Of The Year
Album Of The Year

3.         KATY PERRY
            “Firework”
Record Of The Year

4.         MAROON 5 FEAT. CHRISTINA AGUILERA
            “Moves Like Jagger”
Best Pop Duo/Group Performance

5.         NICKI MINAJ
            “Super Bass”
Best New Artist

6.         RIHANNA FEAT. DRAKE
            “What’s My Name?”
Album Of The Year

7.         J. COLE
            “Work Out”
Best New Artist

8.         LADY GAGA
            “Yoü And I 
“Album Of The Year”

9.         FOSTER THE PEOPLE
            “Pumped Up Kicks”
Best Pop Duo/Group Performance

10.       SKRILLEX
            “Scary Monsters And Nice Sprites”
Best New Artist

11.       COLDPLAY
            “Paradise”
Best Pop Duo/Group Performance

12.       FOO FIGHTERS
            “Walk”
Album Of The Year

13.       THE BAND PERRY
            “If I Die Young
Best New Artist

14.       MUMFORD & SONS
            “The Cave”
Record Of The Year

15.        BON IVER
            “Holocene”
Record Of The Year
Best New Artist

16.       LADY ANTEBELLUM
            “Just A Kiss”
Best Country Album

17.       TAYLOR SWIFT
            “Mean”
Best Country Album

18.        BLAKE SHELTON
            “Honey Bee”
Best Country Album

19.        ERIC CHURCH
            “Drink In My Hand”
Best Country Album

20.       THE BLACK KEYS
            “Dearest”
Best Pop Duo/Group Performance

21.       JASON ALDEAN WITH KELLY CLARKSON
            “Don’t You Wanna Stay
Best Country Album

22.       TONY BENNETT & AMY WINEHOUSE
            “Body And Soul”
Best Pop Duo/Group Performance

Idols Top 8 song choices

 

Sadly Phaksy from Durban was the contestant who got booted off the Idols stage last night. He took on R&B star Loyiso Bala’s I Want You, which is such a pity. He clearly likes the genre and with Loyiso being the guest judge for this week’s show, Phaksy has just missed out. Alas, that’s the way of cookie crumbles. This week’s theme is of course R&B and here is what the contestants will be singing:

Crushanda Forbes: Whitney Houston’s “I Learned From The Best

Good song choice. If anyone can pull it off, it’ll be Crushanda. She should be owning the stage this week. Let’s see.


Dave van Vuuren: the Marvin Gaye classic, “Sexual Healing


With his very emotional stage presence, this one could get interesting. He’s pushing the boundaries with this song and it almost seems a little out of his vocal range. I’m interested to see what he does with this one.


Dené Vorster: “Voice Within” from Christina Aguilera


The judges have told Dene in previous weeks that she sings the song in question well, but she lacks the emotional maturity to really get it. I think she’ll offer a good vocal on this one and I think she might surprise us all with how she interprets the track.


Erin Fourie: Beyoncé’s “Halo”


Oy vey, that’s all I’m going to say!


Freddie Van’Dango: “Rehab”, by the late Amy Winehouse


Perfect song choice for Freddie! Let’s see how he channels his inner late Amy Winehouse.


Kelly Fortuin: Michael Jackson’s “Rock With You”


She’ll do this well I feel. She keeps surprising us.


Mark Haze: “Just The Way You Are” by Bruno Mars


This one is a crowd pleaser and so I think he’ll get lots of votes. Having said that, and I stand to be corrected but Lloyd did this song last. It’s old, a bit stale. It’s a safe song choice.


Lefa Pike: John Legend’s “Ordinary People”


BOOM! I have big expectations for Lefa this week. I love me some John Legend and if he brings out his emotional, softer side, he will win many a vote in this round. Picture Lefa sitting on a chair, nothing other than him, Johan Laas on the piano a good vocal. Let’s hope he does it well!

Love is a Losing Game – Amy Winehouse

Despite her tragic death, her musical talents live on. This song is possibly one of the most powerful tracks I’ve heard in a long time. May your soul find peace Amy Winehouse!