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Disney's latest animated adventure -- and its first with an African-American heroine -- "Princess and the Frog" opens wide Dec. 11, but you can hear it here first.
The Mouse House has released the movie's soundtrack online, and in keeping with its New Orleans setting, listeners will find plenty of jazz and swing.
It's a toe-tapping album, one that has, on this cold wintry day, kept us warm with visions of jambalaya and nights in French Quarter.
Listen to the "Princess and the Frog" soundtrack.
Fair warning: The link will open Windows Media Player on your system, so don't be startled.
The track list:
"Never Knew I Needed," Ne-Yo "Down in New Orleans (Prologue)," Anika Noni Rose as "Tiana" "Down in New Orleans," Dr. John "Almost There," Anika Noni Rose as "Tiana" "Friends on the Other Side," Keith David as "Dr. Facilier" "When We're Human," Michael Leon-Wooley as "Louis," Bruno Campos »
Former Led Zeppelin star Robert Plant and his new performance partner Alison Krauss were the toast of the 51st Grammy Awards in Los Angeles on Sunday night after claiming a fistful of honours.The duo picked up awards for Album of The Year, Record of The Year, Best Pop Collaboration, Best Country Collaboration and Best Contemporary Folk/Americana Album.
Lil Wayne, who was the most nominated artist at this year's Grammys, took home three prizes and a share of the Best Rap Performance for a Duo or Group for Swagga Like Us with Jay-z, T.I. and Kanye West.
Coldplay were also triple winners, claiming Song of The Year, Best Rock Album and Best Pop Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocals.
The night was a star-studded affair - with more performers than ever before hitting the stage at the Staples Center in Los Angeles for the event.
Highlights included Miley Cyrus and Taylor Swift's duet on the country star's 15, Jennifer Hudson's stirring rendition of Diane Warren's You Pulled Me Through - backed by a gospel choir, the Jonas Brothers' collaboration with Stevie Wonder, Coldplay's performance with rapper Jay-z and Lil Wayne and Robin Thicke's rousing tribute to New Orleans with Terence Blanchard and Allen Toussaint.
Rockers U2 kicked off the 51st Grammys with new song Get on Your Boots and heavily-pregnant M.I.A., who was due to give birth on Sunday, performed Paper Planes/Swagga Like Us with rappers Lil Wayne, Jay-z, T.I. and Kanye West. »
As we said in our Grammy Predictions, we have a love/hate relationship with the Grammys. But hey, we love music, so we're watching to see what happens. Could be a big year for Lil Wayne (did you see his interview with "Miss" Katie Couric?). Could be a controversial night if Coldplay's alleged Joe Satriani rip-off grabs some hardware ("Viva La Vida" by Coldplay and Satriani's "If I Could Fly"). But plenty of great artists are nominated (M.I.A., Allison Krauss/Robert Plant, Radiohead, Gnarls Barkley, Daft Punk, Brazilian Girls....we could go on), so as always, it'll be worth watching, especially for the performances. Unlike the Oscars, where the show is pretty much all about the host, the Grammys are all about those live performances (remember when Beyonce stole the show with Prince back in 2004?). Hang with us and add to the conversation in the comments!
11:30 (Josh and Nick): Goodnight, »
3 items from 2009
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