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It’s another Bey & 3 Stacks collabo!
We’ve been hearing about this remake for quite some time now, with Amy’s fans and family members not being overly thrilled with the news. Amy and Beyonce are totally different artists in terms of style so there was really no clue what the final outcome would be with this one.
Well last night on eastvillageradio.com (or EVR), DJ Mark Ronson dropped the song on his show. As the co-writer of the song, he was the chosen guy to air it out for the masses. The song actually starts off with Andre singing the first verse in a voice that sounds much like the singing voice he had in Idlewild. Beyonce comes in on the second verse in a very “breathy” tone, giving us nothing but silky and sultry.
The version is actually quite different from the original version. First, there’s a hip-hop beat on the new version that wasn’t really present on Amy’s version. Second, when you hear Amy sing the song, there’s a certain power and “pain” in it that you won’t really find on the remake.
“Back to Black” will be featured in the upcoming film Gatsby in which Jay-Z is scoring the original music on the soundtrack.
Before you listen, I have to warn you that EVR has their drops all over the song, but they’re placed strategically and you can still heard all the vocals. Check it out!
Movies, reinvented with an all star black cast, make for huge talent and entertainment. Actors must ‘bring’ it, providing their own twist to the original version of the story in order to make viewers fall in love with the film all over again. At times, the remake may prove to be better than the original, while in other cases, they may as well have ceased production rather than infiltrate TV screens with a version worse than the original. We know some folk question why there’s even a need for black remakes in the first place so when it comes to the following movies, should they have left well enough alone? You be the judge.
Steel Magnolias (2012)
Queen Latifah heads this all-star, black cast, replacing Sally Field’s heart-wrenching role, in the recent LifeTime movie. Alfre Woodard, Phylicia Rashad and Jill Scott take over roles played by Shirley MacLaine, Olympia Dukakis and Dolly Parton. Did you all pay attention to the reception music? Wedding patrons were grooving to Wobble With It; one of the many cultural differences in the movie.
By the sound of things, Will Smith might be well on his way to a comeback in the hip-hop game…
Naaaaa, just kidding.
He did, however, get in the booth and drop a verse on a new version of he and DJ Jazzy Jeff’s classic track, “Summertime,” this one entitled “Summertime 3.” This is just a snippet, but it seems like they’re going to let that “Summer Madness” sample shine through, and it also sounds like Will might need a throat lozenge. He was sounding a bit on the froggy side. The remake is for DJ Jazzy Jeff and Mic Boogie’s mixtape together coming out soon. The song in full will be available on June 11, but in the meantime and in between times, check this preview out:
And here’s the original just in case you forgot what it sounds like…
If that’s not enough for you, you’ll be happy to know that Chris Brown, aka, “Happy Feet” as I like to call him, performed for the “Today Show” and their summer concert series this morning. He did a few songs, including joints like “Forever” and the new song, “Don’t Wake Me Up,” but our favorite performances were of him doing “Yeah 3x” and “Turn Up the Music.” Why? Because he danced AND sang (without auto-tune on these two). Check out both performances below and get your footwork on at your desk (while still sitting in your chair of course).
And here’s a performance of “Turn Up the Music”
What do you think?
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It’s official: the Smith family is ready for another big screen close-up. In an interview with Good Morning America’s Robin Roberts, on Wednesday, Will Smith confirmed that the youngest of the Smith clan, Willow, 11, would be following in her parents and older brother Jayden’s (The Karate Kid) footsteps, with a starring role in the modernized film version of the 1982 musical Annie.
Will Smith, who is slated to produce the Sony Pictures project, also confirmed to Good Morning America that his Men In Black 3 co-star, Oscar winner Emma Thompson, wrote the script for the contemporary Annie film.
The film will be set in modern-day New York and will feature a host of new updated songs. Hip-hop, mogul, and hit maker Jay-Z is in charge of the music and is expected to write new musical tracks for the soundtrack. Jay-z is not new to re-imagining Annie tracks. His 1998 hit single “Hard Knock Life (Ghetto Anthem)” featured samples from the Broadway musical version.
Find out who Willow wants to play her dad at theGrio.com.
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Beyonce is set to star in Clint Eastwood’s “A Star is Born” remake and from the sounds of things, the director already thinks a jazz star is being born out of the 30-year-old new mommy.
Beyonce apparently offered to write some material for the upcoming movie and she impressed Mr. Eastwood so much that he thinks she could be the second coming of some of the biggest female jazz singers in history. Here’s what he said about Bey:
“She asked if she could write stuff for the movie, I said yes, great. But I also told her I would make one or two things very classical. Still classicism. But I don’t want Beyonce to be too classic! She has a superb voice. She could become a new Sarah Vaughan or the next Ella Fitzgerald. She has the same class. I don’t know if she knows their music, but I intend to do a good education for the movie!”
With that comment, Clint Eastwood has certainly set the bar high for what we should expect from Beyonce in this film. We already know she has amazing stage presence and I think more people than not agree she has the powerful vocals to channel one of these lady’s sound, I’m just not sure Beyonce has the ability to draw the sort of emotion and believability that Sarah Vaughan and Ella Fitzgerald could. But, if anyone is willing to give it a try, I’m sure she is.
What do you think about Clint Eastwood’s compliment? Could Beyonce be in the same league as these famous jazz icons or is Clint overestimating her talent?
Brande Victorian is a blogger and culture writer in New York City. Follower her on Twitter at @be_vic.
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I could probably do without it, but whatever works…
Following in the footsteps of Hollywood’s current love affair with remakes, the 1976 film Sparkle, a movie inspired by the story of the Supremes, could be making its way back to theaters (or straight to DVD…). While we first talked about the remake possibly being done in Detroit and who should be cast, we can now say that the film has its cast set. And on top of confirmed new cast members including “American Idol” winner Jordin Sparks, comedian Mike Epps, alleged “it girl” Tika Sumpter, actress Carmen Ejogo and actor Derek Luke, Whitney Houston has also been confirmed to play a big role in the film as well. Sources are saying she will play the mother, Effie in the remake. In addition to all this, “The Game” writer, Mara Brock Akil wrote the film’s script, and her husband, Salim Akil, will direct the feature.
If you didn’t know, Sparkle is supposed to be a period film (late 50s and early ’60s) set in Harlem about a girl group full of sisters (led by Sparkle Williams) who become famous, and then of course, fall apart behind the scenes. And while Curtis Mayfield put together the soundtrack for the film back then, according to reports, R.Kelly will be leading the soundtrack this time around. Interesting. And the girls are already at work bonding. The ladies sent out Twit-pics a couple of days ago of their first rehearsal together in LA, a la, the above photo.
The cast sounds promising for the most part, and I wouldn’t mind looking at Derek Luke for an hour or so, but I’m going to need something else to get me oodles and noodles of excited. Especially since this will be Jordin Sparks’ first acting role, and I haven’t seen Mama Whit Whit do any acting since the TV-movie Cinderella with Brandy. But if the previews look interesting enough, get your duckets together and support your people!