Most prolific artist in movies in the past year!
A great film will have you laughing in stitches, crying like a baby, or feeling and truly and deeply moved. Although great acting maybe be at the centerpiece of our faves, nothing influences us more than the music used to emphasise all of the best films. In the past year, many artists have loaned their vocal talents to craft some of the best film experiences in human history.
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50 Shades Darker
One major artist, Sia has loaned not only her voice but her songwriting talents to many a film. Of note, she’s sung for the credit’s theme of Finding Dory, Unforgettable by personal request of Dory’s voice actress Ellen DeGeneres. Come on! Who can’t say no to Ellen? Sia has also written for the show stopping Try Everything in Zootopia for Shakira’s Gazelle peaking high on international and digital music charts.
Beauty and the Beast
La La Land
50 Shades Darker
John Legend, famous for All of Me has given his sweet voice to many musicals and movies, acting and singing for La La Land as well as being an executive producer to add to his repertoire. Alongside Ariana Grande, he sang the credit’s theme of the same name to the latest Beauty and the Beast movie.
50 Shades Darker
Zayn amazingly has sung the legendary classic song wHo for Ghostbusters’ in the latest block buster. Another artist with works on the same title was 90’s rapper DMX, whom’s song Party Up (first released in 1999), served as the montage theme in the comedy for the girls becoming Ghostbusters.
Another #throwback to DMX was the 2016 Valentine’s film Deadpool, who reinvigorated popularity in the song X Gonna Give It To Ya, leading to a insane insurgence of views on YouTube in the past year.
Hot Upcoming Artists in films for the past year
Of all the top releases, one major newcomer to the movie soundtrack scene was Canadian singer Alessia Cara who, in true Disney style, sang a variant of the song How Far I’ll Go in Moana, originally sung by Auli’i Cravalho in the movie.
The song, expertly written by Lin Manuel Miranda of Hamilton fame and the songwriter for the movie, was received positively being called ‘the perfect antidote to the general ugliness of 2016’ by Idolator’s Mike Wass, peaking highly on the charts, reaching the top 5 of the New Zealand charts, resonating with the local indigenous people from a film about their culture group.
The song was nominated for Best Original Song at the Academy Awards, Golden Globes, and Critic’s Choice Awards, losing out to City of Stars from La La Land at all three events.
Most played Movie Song Since The Turn of The Millennium
Since the early days of film, music has been integral to the world. And for the past few decades there have been standout tunes that have everyone singing along for years to come.
From Kenny Loggin’s Danger Zone from Top Gun to Grease’s Summer Lovin’ sung by the cast, from Jodi Benson’s Part of Your World from The Little Mermaid to Mandy Moore’s I See The Light from Tangled, these catchy songs have had people singing for years after their release. Especially notable for the latter two, coming from major motion pictures in The Walt Disney Animated Canon.
With the advent of social media, it has been easier to track the number of views these songs can garner, with many of the aforementioned tracks gathering tens or even hundreds of millions.
However our clear winner will have to go to Idina Menzel’s rendition of Let it Go from the movie Frozen, which amassed a whopping 1 billion views on YouTube becoming the 47th most viewed on the platform, only being beaten by the many pop songs being pumped out in the past 6 years (and songs for babies like Wheels on the Bus). Let it Go stands out as being the sole song written and sung specifically for a movie, making it our most played movie song since the 2000’s.
Countless movies have been made since the dawn of the silver screen, and many of them are dedicated solely to music, biopics and musicals alike such as Notorious (the critically acclaimed biopic about the life of Christopher Wallace, also known as Notorious B.I.G) and Mamma Mia (a musical based on the songs of Swedish pop group ABBA).
In mid-2015 we were treated to a biopic about the formation of the West Coast rap group N.W.A and the struggles they faced in the 90’s, leading up to the split and strife caused by the separation, and the eventual death of Eazy E. The movie blends montages of the production of the top rap hits of the decade, interlaced shots of the police brutality with ‘F**k the Police’, written to create a stir and start an ongoing discussion about the problems faced by African Americans in the US, especially in the wake of the riots caused by the death of Rodney King, an event represented in a spiritual way by the movie without the need to glorify violence. It’s a must see for any connoisseur of classic rap music.
In August 2016, the genius comedians behind the songs Jack Sparrow, I’m on a Boat and Like A Boss, The Lonely Island released a mockumentary titled Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping about a young man leaving his group to go solo, and while the film bombed at the box office, it received favourable reviews by critics.
Like most mockumentaries often do, the film follows the life of solo artist “Connor4Real”, a fictional singer played by Andy Samberg, who is instructed to pull hi-jinx for publicity by his publicist, played by comedienne Sarah Silverman, which don’t usually go his way. It’s a must watch, with many guest singers and The Lonely Island friends such as Michael Bolton, Justin Timberlake, Mariah Carey and Weird Al Yankovic. If you’re a fan of The Lonely Island music or a fan of off-beat humour, this movie is the one to watch.
Originally Emma Watson had been chosen for lead in this hit film, due to her new diva image she demanded all rehearsals be moved to London, director Damien Chazelle who doesn’t suffer fools lightly replaced her with Miss Stone.
At the start of 2017, Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling starred in Academy Award winning La La Land, winning 6 Academy awards for Best Director, Best Actress (Stone), Best Cinematography, Best Original Score, Best Original Song (“City of Stars”) and Best Production Design as well receiving the most nominations for an Oscar tying with James Cameron’s Titanic. Expertly directed by Damien Chazelle, famous for many music features such as 2014’s Whiplash, the musical is deserving of its many accolades. The movie is currently still in the cinema, catch it when you can, it’ll be quite your tempo.