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The Great Gatsby
There are many reasons why âThe Great Gatsbyâ is one of the most anticipated movies of the year: not only what is rumored to be a sensational performance by Leonardo DiCaprio in the film, inspired by the book by F. Scott Fitzgerald, but also a stunning soundtrack produced by Jay-Z.Â The artist has used his own original music alongside songs by others, like a great tribute to Amy Winehouse â a cover of Back to Black â performed by Andre 3000 and Beyonce.Â He has shrewdly used hip hop, jazz and urban music to give a contemporary feel to the classic tale. Other musicians performing cover versions include Jack Whiteâs U2 number Love is Blindness, while Beyonceâs own ‘Crazy in Love’ is sung by Emeli SandĂ© together with Brian Ferry.Â Lana del Rey penned âYoung and Beautifulâ especially for the soundtrack which also includes artists like The XX with Together and Sia with âKill and Runâ.
The soundtrack is born not only of the passion of Jay-Z for urban music, but also DiCaprio, who was a frequent visitor at the producerâs studio during the recording of the soundtrack, along with director Baz Luhrmann. Together they conjured up a staggering range of styles and influences to capture the spirit of the 1920s âJazz Ageâ for a modern audience, infusing their heady scenes with soul, funk, and hip hop.