Baz Luhrmann's raucous adaptation of The Great Gatsby will be opening the 66th Cannes Film Festival next month. The film boasts one of the most anticipated soundtracks of the moment and includes songs from Jay-Z, Lana Del Rey, Florence and the Machine, Jack White and more. The album will be released on May 7, but we have two of the tracks for you to dig into today.
Beyoncé and André 3000 covered Amy Winehouse's "Back to Black," which may irk fans of the late singer as it did her father. "I don’t think she brings anything to it," Mitch Winehouse told the Daily Mail regarding Beyoncé's contribution. He did reveal that he was paid a handsome sum to release the rights for the song and that he was happy to take the money. I've personally never even heard the Winehouse version, so I have nothing to compare it to, and Bey/André's take on it doesn't bother me as it has some people.
Beyoncé's "Crazy in Love" was also covered for the Jazz Age story, with Emeli Sandé and the Bryan Ferry Orchestra turning the 2003 hit single into a 1920s flapper-worthy dance number. We dig it, but like Luhrmann's movies, there's no in-between. Prepare for the onslaught that is sure to surface once the film hits theaters on May 10.
Also new in the soundtrack universe is this cut of the great Hans Zimmer's score for Zack Snyder's Superman retelling, Man of Steel. The excerpts range from quiet and emotional to frenzied and loud — the perfect pitch for Michael Shannon's General Zod and Henry Cavill superhero to face off. "It’s going to blow everybody’s socks off. And I know they’re probably pissed off, like I’m jinxing it or something and I shouldn’t say that. I’ll knock on wood just out of deference to the gods, but the movie is solid. It’s gonna get the job done," Shannon said of the film recently. Many Man of Steel doubters took a turn for the positive when they caught a glimpse of Snyder's epic trailer the other week. Does the music make you more of a convert, too?