Today writer/producer/director Baz Luhrmann reminded anybody with internet connection of his unique skill at taking old texts and modernizing them in cinematic majesty. As a new trailer for "The Great Gatsby" hit YouTube, it revealed a colorful, lush and melodramatic universe not too far from the ones he showed us in "Romeo + Juliet" and "Moulin Rouge!" One interesting difference between the upcoming "Gatsby" production and Luhrmann's earlier works is his collaborator Jay-Z, who supervised the elite soundtrack, the lineup of which was also revealed today.
In an attempt to update the sound of Fitzgerald's story, Jay-Z and executive music consultant Jeymes Samuel (aka Bullitts) have assembled a cast of some of music's biggest names in an attempt to create the modern day equivalent of the Jazz Age.
As director Baz Luhrman notes, "F. Scott Fitzgerald’s novel is peppered with contemporary music references specific to the story’s setting of 1922. While we acknowledge, as Fitzgerald phrased it, ‘the Jazz Age,’ and this is the period represented on screen, we—our audience—are living in the ‘hip-hop age’ and want our viewers to feel the impact of modern-day music the way Fitzgerald did for the readers of his novel at the time of its publication.”
That being said, Jay-Z and company do not disappoint. Available on Interscope Records on May 4, the album includes a collaborations between Andre 3000 and Beyonce, Fergie and Q-Tip, as well as tracks by Jack White, will,i,am and Jay-Z, himself.
The full track listing is as follows:
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