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Sam Smith & Jimmy Napes Win Oscar For ‘Spectre’ Original Song ‘Writing’s On The Wall’

Sam Smith & Jimmy Napes Win Oscar For ‘Spectre’ Original Song ‘Writing’s On The Wall’
In a shocking win, the James Bond title song from Spectre, “Writing’s On the Wall” by Sam Smith and Jimmy Napes, took the best original song Oscar tonight. It’s the second time time that a 007 song has broken through at the Oscars, after “Skyfall” three years ago became the first Bond song to win. That title theme was written by Adele and Paul Epworth. In his acceptance speech onstage, Smith said: “I read an article a few months ago by Sir Ian McKellen and he said that no…
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2016 Oscar Predictions: Best Original Song

2016 Oscar Predictions: Best Original Song
Read More: Indiewire Awards Season Spotlight  The last few years has seen a populist uprising in the best original song category. In 2012, Adele became one step closer to Egot by winning the Oscar for "Skyfall" alongside Paul Epworth. In 2013, the extraordinarily popular "Frozen" anthem "Let It Go" beat out the mainstream likes of Pharrell Williams, U2 and Karen O. And last year, John Legend and Common won for their "Selma" song "Glory." It seems the days where we'd never heard of the best original song winner are long gone ("Al otro lado del rio" from "The Motorcycle Diaries," anyone?) -- and here are the days when they are #1 on iTunes the day after the Oscars. Below is Anne Thompson's take on how things might shake down in the race for best original song. Check out Thompson on Hollywood's Oscar predictions page for more awards season analysis. Click here for more category breakdowns on.
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Many Chart-Topping Recording Artists are in the Running for Oscars This Year

By Patrick Shanley

Managing Editor

The race for best original song at this year’s Academy Awards includes a number of big name recording artists whose work for film has been generating significant Oscar buzz.

In past years the category has seen a number of popular, chart-topping performers take home the statuette, including John Legend and Common’s “Glory” from last year’s best picture nominee Selma, about Martin Luther King’s historic march for civil rights and 2013’s “Skyfall”, performed and co-written by British songstress Adele with co-writer Paul Epworth, for the 007 film of the same name.

This year another James Bond theme is in the hunt for best original song, as Sam Smith’s “Writing’s on the Wall”, co-written with accomplished British songwriter James Napier (a.k.a. Jimmy Napes), the Spectre title track that became the first No. 1 in Bond theme history, has earned a Golden
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25 Songs and Albums that Inspired Adele’s 25

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25 Songs and Albums that Inspired Adele’s 25
Part of the reason Adele took four years to follow up 21, her world-beating second album, is that she had to work out what kind of artist to be, having exorcised her demons, castigated her enemies, and started a family. As a naturally collaborative songwriter, she got in touch with some old friends (Paul Epworth, Mark Ronson), some new ones (Danger Mouse, Bruno Mars), and some of the most experienced songwriters in pop (Max Martin, Ryan Tedder) to try to help her figure out the right way forward.   You can hear some of that experimentation in 25, in the touches of vintage-fm rock and soul, the modern pop productions, the occasional hint of pained French chanson, and the decision to focus on the pain of love as subject matter rather than sing her diary entries one more time. Here are 25 albums and songs that reflect that search for identity, without which 25
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‘Spectre’: 007 at the Oscars

By Patrick Shanley

Managing Editor

Over the weekend, Spectre, the fourth James Bond film in the Daniel Craig era of the legendary spy franchise, earned the top spot at the box office with a $70 million bow, making it the second highest grossing film in the series just behind 2012’s Skyfall (which earned $88 million in its opening weekend).

Despite its success with audiences, the Spectre has been less well received by critics, with a 63% on review aggregate site, Rotten Tomatoes (by contrast, Skyfall holds a 93%). Yet, the film may still earn nominations from the Academy, as many previous Bond films have done. In fact, eight of the 23 films in the franchise that has spanned the course of five decades.

Here’s a look back at how previous 007 films have fared with Oscar and what that history may mean for Spectre:

Skyfall was not only the most successful outing Bond had at the box office,
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For Your Consideration: 10 Original Songs That Could Land Oscar Nominations

For Your Consideration: 10 Original Songs That Could Land Oscar Nominations
The last few years have seen something of a populist uprising in Oscar's best original song category. In 2012, Adele became one step closer to Egot by winning the Oscar for "Skyfall" (alongside co-writer Paul Epworth). In 2013, the extraordinarily popular "Frozen" theme "Let It Go" beat out the mainstream likes of Pharrell Williams, U2 and Karen O. And last year, John Legend and Common won for their "Selma" anthem "Glory" after a performance that brought down the house on Oscar night. Are the days when we'd never heard of the best original song winner long gone ("Al otro lado del rio" from "The Motorcycle Diaries," anyone?) — and are the days when the winners are #1 on iTunes here to stay? That depends on how this year shakes down. There's no shortage of options when it comes to original songs in films this year — and no shortage of star-wattage. We've highlighted ten songs that seem most likely to.
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2015 Grammys winners: The complete list

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2015 Grammys winners: The complete list
Complete list of winners and nominees of the 2014 Grammy Awards, held in Los Angeles at the Staples Center on Sunday February 8. Winners will be updated as they're announced during the telecast and pre-telecast. Record Of The Year “Fancy,” Iggy Azalea Featuring Charli Xcx “Chandelier,” Sia **Winner** “Stay With Me (Darkchild Version),” Sam Smith “Shake It Off,” Taylor Swift “All About That Bass,” Meghan Trainor Album Of The Year **Winner** “Morning Phase,” Beck “Beyoncé,” Beyoncé “X,” Ed Sheeran “In The Lonely Hour,” Sam Smith “Girl,” Pharrell Williams Song Of The Year “All About That Bass,” Kevin Kadish & Meghan Trainor, songwriters (Meghan Trainor) “Chandelier,” Sia Furler & Jesse Shatkin, songwriters (Sia) “Shake It Off,” Max Martin, Shellback & Taylor Swift, songwriters (Taylor Swift) **Winner** “Stay With Me (Darkchild Version),” James Napier, William Phillips & Sam Smith, songwriters (Sam Smith) “Take Me To Church,” Andrew Hozier-Byrne, songwriter (Hozier) Best New Artist Iggy Azalea Bastille Brandy Clark
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Grammy Awards 2015: The complete list of nominations

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Grammy Awards 2015: The complete list of nominations
Below is a list of the nominees and nominations for the 57th annual Grammy Awards, to be held Feb. 8, 2015 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. The main show will be broadcast on CBS 8 p.m.-11:30 p.m. Est/Pst and present 10-13 awards from major categories. The Grammy Awards Premiere Ceremony (previously dubbed the Pre-Telecast Ceremony) will take place in the Nokia Centre from 12:30-3:30 Pst and will be live-streamed via Grammy.com. Beyonce and Sam Smith lead overall nominations, with six a piece; each have an Album of the Year nod. Album Of The Year Sam Smith, "In the Lonely Hour" Beyonce, "Beyonce" Beck, "Morning Phase" Ed Sheeran, "x" Pharrell Williams, "Girl" Record Of The Year Iggy Azalea, "Fancy" featuring Charli Xcx Sia, "Chandelier" Sam Smith, "Stay With Me" Taylor Swift, "Shake It Off" Meghan Trainor, "All About That Bass" Song of the Year Sia,
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The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 Ost review

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 Ost review
You only have to look at Zane Lowe's re-scoring of Drive to see how impassioned fans get about film soundtracks. In fairness, that was a brave undertaking, and swapping College & Electric Youth's sublime 'A Real Hero' for The 1975 in that aqueduct scene aside, it wasn't a total disaster. But the DJ's reimagining of the ineffably stylish thriller was still met with widespread scorn.

Admittedly, it was a strange choice of project (why mess with perfection?), although it's perhaps stranger still that altering the soundtrack from a film just three years old could be branded an act of sacrilege and defacement. But it's proof if proof were needed that scores worth their salt can quickly wedge themselves into the Zeitgeist and become as revered as the films themselves.

So will the same be said of The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 in a few years' time? Lorde only knows…
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One Direction, Bono and Ed Sheeran Among Lineup for Ebola-Fighting "Do They Know It's Christmas"

One Direction, Bono and Ed Sheeran Among Lineup for Ebola-Fighting
Bob Geldof has revealed plans for a fourth version of the U.K. charity single Do They Know It's Christmas, designed to fight the Ebola epidemic, featuring several big stars in the latest version of Band Aid. Bono, Ellie Goulding, One Direction, Ed Sheeran, Sam Smith, Underworld, Sinead O'Connor, Bastille and Elbow will all lend their voices to the charity single, with more acts to be announced before the recording session in London on Saturday. Paul Epworth, who has worked with Adele and One Direction, will produce. "We called up some of the giants of the past and our own

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X Factor 2014: Movies week - original versions playlist

After the debacle of last week's "1980s" hits, The X Factor is playing a little closer to the rules for Movies Week.

According to the song list from our friends at ITV, all of these songs have been in the films. And they're more or less right.

We still inevitably have a few quibbles. Yes, it's on the soundtrack, but why opt for the Demi Lovato version of 'Let It Go' from Frozen's closing credits, rather than the proper Idina Menzel take from the film itself?

If you're going to attribute 'Try A Little Tenderness' to Otis Redding, then choose John Hughes classic Pretty in Pink as your movie, where Duckie famously lip-synched to the radical soul reworking of Jimmy Campbell, Reg Connelly and Harry M Woods's jazzy standard.

On The Commitments, it was the cast themselves who implored us to squeeze her, don't tease her, never leave her.
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Lorde unveils Hunger Games: Mockingjay song 'Yellow Flicker Beat'

Lorde unveils Hunger Games: Mockingjay song 'Yellow Flicker Beat'
Lorde has unveiled her brand new single from the Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 soundtrack.

'Yellow Flicker Beat' is the lead track from the upcoming soundtrack, which was also curated by Lorde.

The teenage singer co-wrote the song with Adele and Coldplay producer Paul Epworth, and it was recorded at New Jersey's Lakehouse Recording Studios.

The track will play over the closing credits to the upcoming sequel starring Jennifer Lawrence.

Lorde was chosen to hand-pick artists for the collection after meeting with director Francis Lawrence on the set of the film.

The soundtrack for The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 will be released via Republic Records later this year.

The film will be released in cinemas on November 21. Watch the full trailer below:
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Listen to Lorde's new song for 'The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1'

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Listen to Lorde's new song for 'The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1'
"I'm a princess carved in marble / smoother than a storm," sings Lorde on her new song "Yellow Flicker Beat." "And the scars that mark my body, they’re silver and gold... I'm locking up everyone who ever laid a finger on me." The track is less so about the New Zealand artist herself, but more an ode for Katniss Everdeen, as it was crafted for "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1" soundtrack. The Grammy Award-winning songwriter curated the entire soundtrack, with "Yellow Flick Beat" the first reveal of the tracklist. No word which other artists will appear on it. "Yellow Flicker Beat" has a determined plod to it, topped with Lorde's descriptive and headstrong lyrics. Her hypnotically wavy voice hets harmonies over the big choruses, with production work from Adele helmer Paul Epworth to amplify the drama. I think this one may be a grower for fans of Lorde's "Pure Heroine,
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Lorde confirms Hunger Games single 'Yellow Flicker Beat'

Lorde confirms Hunger Games single 'Yellow Flicker Beat'
Lorde has confirmed details of her new Hunger Games track.

'Yellow Flicker Beat' will be featured on the soundtrack to The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1, and will be released on Monday (September 29).

The teenage singer co-wrote the song with Adele and Coldplay producer Paul Epworth, and was recorded at New Jersey's Lakehouse Recording Studios.

The track will play over the closing credits to the upcoming sequel starring Jennifer Lawrence.

Lorde has also curated the movie's soundtrack, and was chosen to hand-pick artists for the collection after meeting with director Francis Lawrence on the set of the film.

She recently shared a lyric sheet from the new song, featuring the line: "I'm a princess cut from marble, smoother than a storm."

The soundtrack for The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 will be released via Republic Records later this year.

The film will be released in cinemas on November
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Album review: U2's 'Songs of Innocence'

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Album review: U2's 'Songs of Innocence'
Taking a trick from Beyonce’s playbook, U2 dropped its 13th studio album, “Songs of Innocence,” today without warning. The Irish band made the announcement at Apple’s event in Cupertino, Calif. The aptly named “Songs of Innocence,” produced by Danger Mouse, with additional production by Ryan Tedder, Paul Epworth, Flood, and Declan Gaffney, is a song cycle that draws on the band members’ past— a time when they first met and everything was possible. It pays tribute to their influences (The Ramones, The Clash, The Beach Boys), first loves, growing up in the shadow of Ira violence, and the fallout of tough economic times. Bono’s vocals sound fresh and invigorated and the production sparkles. It’s a lovely album that is sentimental without ever losing its edge. Below is a first-listen review: my take on each song by only listening to it once as I play the album straight through.
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Surprise! U2 Releases Free Album on iTunes

'Songs of Innocence' is the band's first release in five years.

Surprise! Apple gifted the world with more than just a new iPhone (make that two) on Tuesday, but also with new music from U2.

News: Everyone Is Freaking Out Over Apple's Announcement... But Not In a Good Way

Bono and co. shocked the audience at Apple's press conference in Cupertino, California, by announcing the release of their latest studio album, Songs of Innocence, which is available now on iTunes for free as a gift from the tech giant. U2 also capped the live-streamed event with a performance of the album's first single, "The Miracle (of Joey Ramone)."

"With this, we wanted to wait until we had one that was as good as our very best work," Bono told Apple CEO Tim Cook on stage. "The question is now, how do we get it to as many people as possible, because that's
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Breaking: U2's new album, 'Songs of Innocence,' available free on iTunes

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Breaking: U2's new album, 'Songs of Innocence,' available free on iTunes
U2 has released its new album, “Songs of Innocence,” on iTunes for free. The Irish superstars, along with Apple CEO Tim Cook, made the announcement at the close of today’s Apple event in Cupertino, Calif. The album, which features production by Danger Mouse, as well as Paul Epworth, Ryan Tedder, Declan Gaffney and Flood, will be free to download to all iTunes account holders until mid-October, according to reports, in all 119 countries where iTunes is available. “Songs of Innocence” will not be eligible to chart on the Billboard 200 because albums must be priced at no less than $3.49 in their first six weeks of release to be considered for chart inclusion. In addition to download availability, the album is available for streaming on Beats music. On Oct. 14, Interscope Records will make the album available to all retailers. "Songs of Innocence" tracklisting The Miracle (of Joey Ramone) Every Breaking Wave California
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Lorde working with Adele producer Paul Epworth for Hunger Games track

Lorde working with Adele producer Paul Epworth for Hunger Games track
Lorde has been working with Paul Epworth to record her Hunger Games: Mockingjay track.

Billboard reports that the London producer flew out to Lakehouse Recording Studios in New Jersey for a two-day session with the 17-year-old.

The Grammy-winning producer uploaded a picture of the pair to Instagram with the caption: "Fun few days hanging out with this lovely lady and the crew from @lakehousestudios Asbury NJ."

Meanwhile, Matt Wiggins broke from a recording session with U2 to engineer the track along with Eric Romero.

The track will play out over the closing credits of the film when it arrives in cinemas this November. The soundtrack will be released three days before the film arrives in theatres.

Lorde previously recorded a reworking of Tears For Fears' 'Everybody Wants To Rule The World' for the 2013 film The Hunger Games: Catching Fire.

Epworth won the Academy Award for Best Original Song in
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Coldplay dedicates song to Mick Jagger at NYC concert

Coldplay dedicates song to Mick Jagger at NYC concert
New York (AP) — Coldplay dedicated its slow tempo tune "Fix You" to Mick Jagger at a concert in New York City. Chris Martin told the crowd Monday before singing the encouraging song about recovering, "It's for Mick Jagger." Jagger's longtime girlfriend, fashion designer L'Wren Scott, committed suicide in March. A memorial was held in New York last week. Martin doesn't quite have Jagger's moves, but the singer danced wildly onstage with his arms swinging as he sang tunes from the band's catalog, including songs from their new album "Ghost Stories," out May 19. He played the piano and guitar throughout the hour-long set at the Beacon Theatre, performing well-known hits like "Speed of Sound," ''Clocks," and "Viva la Vida" as colorful laser lights beamed and white stars hung from the ceiling above the stage. Confetti burst from the sides of the stage after they performed the dance-flavored tunes "Every Teardrop Is
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Review: Foster the People expands its sound on 'Supermodel' with mixed results

After breaking through with”Torches’” hit “Pumped Up Kicks,” the most uplifting infectious song ever about a serial killer, Foster the People returns three years later with its second album, “Supermodel.” “Supermodel” relies on synthesizers and electronics as “Torches” did, but also brings in other elements: lead singer and band namesake Mark Foster traveled to Morocco, as well as wrote an orchestral score for the film, “Bella,” and both of these experiences inform “Supermodel”: it is much more expansive in its musicality than “Torches.” For example, an African flair flavors opening track “Are You What You Want To Be,” after it kicks off with a straight-ahead guitar rock riff. Foster the People aren’t veering into “Graceland” territory by any means (or even Vampire Weekend’s “Contra”), but it’s nice to hear the trio stretching a little. Also added here are more acoustic elements: a lovely piano line runs through first single,
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