Justin Timberlake Brings out the Big Guns in His New Music Video ‘Can’t Stop the Feeling’

Justin Timberlake is back with “Can’t Stop the Feeling” from the new DreamWorks animated film “Trolls.”

The video for the new song features cameos from performers who lent their voice talent to the film .  Notables include Gwen Stefani, James Corden, Anna Kendrick, Junal Nayyar, Icona Pop, and Ron Funches

Watch the video. You wont be able to not dance along.

Sam Smith Records James Bond ‘Spectre’ Theme

Sam Smith Spectre "The Writing's On The Wall 2015

In a statement released this morning, Sam Smith stated, “This is one of the highlights of my career. I am honored to finally announce that I will be singing the next Bond theme song. I am so excited to be a part of this iconic British legacy and join an incredible line up of some of my biggest musical inspirations. I hope you all enjoy the song as much as I enjoyed making it.”

Smith co-wrote the song with his fellow Grammy winner Jimmy Napes. He will be the first British male solo artist to perform a Bond theme song since 1965 whenTom Jones performed the theme from Thunderball.

In the press release from Sony, producers Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli said: “Sam and Jimmy have written the most inspirational song for Spectre and with Sam’s extraordinary vocal performance, ‘Writing’s On The Wall’ will surely be considered one of the greatest Bond songs of all time.”

Capitol Records will release “Writing’s On The Wall” on Sept. 25. Spectre, the 24th film in the James Bond franchise, will be released Oct. 26 in the U.K. and Nov. 6 in the U.S.

Skylar Grey’s ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ Track ‘I Know You’: Listen

Skylar Grey’s” I Know You” is the newest song from the Fifty Shades soundtrack, following  “Love Me Like You Do” by Ellie Goulding and “Earned It” by the Weeknd, plus Beyonce‘s “Crazy in Love” remix from the trailer and Sia‘s “Salted Wound.”

The soundtrack is due out Feb. 10, followed by the film’s release on Valentine’s Day.

Fifty Shades of Grey Soundtrack

1. Annie Lennox: “I Put a Spell On You”
2. Laura Welsh: “Undiscovered”
3. The Weeknd: “Earned It”
4. Jessie Ware: “Meet Me in the Middle”
5. Ellie Goulding: “Love Me Like You Do”
6. Beyoncé: “Haunted” (Michael Diamond Remix)
7. Sia: “Salted Wound”
8. The Rolling Stones: “Beast of Burden”
9. AWOLNATION: “I’m on Fire”
10. Beyoncé: “Crazy in Love (2014 Remix)”
11. Frank Sinatra: “Witchcraft”
12. Vaults: “One Last Night”
13. The Weeknd: “Where You Belong”
14. Skylar Grey: “I Know You”
15. Danny Elfman: “Anna and Christian”
16. Danny Elfman: “Did That Hurt?”

Soundtrack Sunday: Elf

Reflecting the warmth and personality Jon Favreau brought to his holiday comedy Elf, the movie’s soundtrack features a dozen Christmas and holiday songs picked by Favreau. Most of these songs have a retro appeal, including Louis Prima’s “Pennies From Heaven,” Ella Fitzgerald’s “Sleigh Ride,” and Eartha Kitt’s “Santa Baby.” Leon Redbone appears on three of the tracks, “Winter Wonderland,” “Christmas Island,” and in a duet of “Baby It’s Cold Outside” with Zooey Deschanel. Other highlights include Brian Setzer’s lounge and rockabilly tinged “Nutcracker Suite,” Ferrante Teicher/Les Baxters’ “Sleigh Ride”/Santa Claus Party,” and Billy Preston’s “Nothing From Nothing.” A charming soundtrack, Elf also manages to outclass many Christmas albums in terms of holiday cheer.

Jennifer Lawrence Sings ‘The Hanging Tree’ From ‘Mockingjay’

From Huffington Post

One of the most emotional scenes in “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1” is when Katniss Everdeen sings “The Hanging Tree,” a song she learned from her father. The ballad becomes a rallying cry for the rebels in their fight against The Capitol and spurs the revolution forward.

For Jennifer Lawrence, who plays Katniss, the performance was equally harrowing. “Jen was not happy she had to sing it all day long. She cried a little bit in the morning,” director Francis Lawrence said of the sequence during an interview with AOL BUILD.

“When I sing, I sound like a deer that has been caught in a fence,” Jennifer Lawrence joked during last weekend’s “Saturday Night Live.” In a separate interview with MTV,Lawrence said she had never sung in front of anyone before. “So that was a terrible day,” she said.

Fans can decide for themselves by listening below. Featuring music by composer James Newton Howard and an arrangment put together by The Lumineers, “The Hanging Tree” is available on the “Mockingjay – Part 1” score, out Nov. 24.

Mike Nichols’ Marriage of Music & Movies: Nine Significant Moments

From Billboard

Director Mike Nichols, 2010

Mike Nichols, the celebrated director, writer and comedian who died Wednesday at the age of 83, left a considerable mark in the marriage of music, musicians and visual images. He cast musicians as actors, giving several prominent ones their first major roles; opened two of his films to established songwriters; and provided American vehicles for a legendary French composer.

Broadway to Dim Lights for Mike Nichols

Here are nine significant musical moments in the career of Mike Nichols:

Julie and Carol at Carnegie Hall
In 1962, before Julie Andrews and Carol Burnett were household names in America, CBS took a chance on a special featuring the two of them that was broadcast on June 11. Nichols wrote the script and co-wrote, with Ken Welch, the song “You’re So London.”

George Delerue
One of the most in-demand — and prolific — composers in France in the 1960s, Nichols had the Francois Truffaut collaborator score three of his films: Biloxi Blues, Silkwood and The Day of the Dolphin, which is widely hailed as a masterwork.

J.D. Souther in Postcards From the Edge
In the 1970s, J.D. Souther was first known as the songwriter behind hits for Linda Ronstadt and James Taylor and as a collaborator with the Eagles before scoring hits of his own. In the late 1980s, he ventured out as an actor appearing first on TV before taking on his first major film role in 1990’s Postcards From the Edge.

Carly Simon and Working Girl
“Let the River Run” was the title song in Nichols ‘ 1988 dramatic comedy, one of five Simon songs on the soundtrack. “River” hit No. 11 on the AC chart and No. 49 on the Hot 100. It was Simon’s last Hot 100 single.

“Love is in the Air” in The Birdcage
Christine Baranski
and Robin Williams sing the number Stephen Sondheim had cut from A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum as Nichols assembled a collection of disco hits and show tunes. (It was replaced by “Comedy Tonight.”)

Art Garfunkel in Catch-22
Art Garfunkel
made his acting debut in Catch-22, and while he was in Mexico, his musical partner Paul Simon wrote “The Only Living Boy in New York,” which had a second life decades later after it was featured in 2004’s Garden State. Nichols liked what he saw, casting Garfunkel in his next film, Carnal Knowledge.

Cher in Silkwood
On the heels of her first major film role on the big-screen adaptation of the play Come Back to the Five and Dime Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean, Nichols cast Cher in Silkwood, the first film to look at the dangers of nuclear power.

Simon & Garfunkel/The Graduate
Nichols set the stage for the integration of one musical act’s work in a film, using instrumental and vocal versions of five Simon & Garfunkel songs alongside Dave Grusin‘s score in 1968’s The Graduate. “The Sound of Silence” is used three times, a model for every filmmaker since.