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Lorde Releases Preview of Tears for Fears Cover for ‘Hunger Games’ Soundtrack

Lorde’s latest track release can be found on the “Hunger Games: Catching Fire” soundtrack. Rather than penning an original track, the New Zealand singer covered “Everybody Wants to Rule the World,” the 1985 hit from Tears for Fears. MTV News previewed the track exclusively on Monday night.

Lorde’s rendition initially spotlights her textured lower register against booming bass sounds, including some of the same sound effects also present in Coldplay’s “Catching Fire” song, “Atlas.” The haunting song then grows into an anthemic rumble during the chorus — an approach that Tears for Fears’ Curt Smith called “absolutely amazing.”

The cover fits the film’s soundtrack perfectly, as Smith said in 1985 of the song, “The concept is quite serious — it’s about everybody wanting power, about warfare and the misery it causes.” The themes of power and control were first introduced in the franchise’s first “Hunger Games” film, and evoked through songs by Taylor Swift, The Decemberists and The Secret Sisters.

Lorde joins fellow chart-toppers on the sequel’s soundtrack, including Christina Aguilera, The Lumineers, Ellie Goulding, Of Monsters and Men, Sia, The National, The Weeknd, Imagine Dragons, Patti Smith, Mikky Ekko, Santigold, Phantogram and Antony & The Johnsons.

 

Julian Casablancas hints at new solo project with website update

The Strokes frontman Julian Casablancas has hinted at a new solo project with a mysterious update to his website.

Visitors to Casablancas’ website are greeted by a new graphic, which Consequence Of Sound claim spells out the word ‘Voidz’, possibly the title of a new album of single. The website also offers the opportunity to sign up to the singer’s mailing list for updates.

Casablancas will perform solo at Lollapalooza in Chile and Argentina next year on a bill that was revealed last week (November 4). Other artists on the line-up include Arcade Fire, Nine Inch Nails, Red Hot Chili Peppers and Soundgarden. Albert Hammond Jr of The Strokes recently denied the New Yorkers are back in the studio following a statement that the band are preparing a “return to the scene” last month. Casablancas’ solo dates would hint at the possibility of a new album from the frontman, a follow up to his 2009 debut ‘Phrazes For The Young’.

 

Jay Z’s ‘Made In America’ film to get cinema release in 2014

 

Jay-Z’s concert documentary Made In America is to be released in cinemas next year, it has been confirmed.

The movie, which was directed by Ron Howard, was first aired earlier this year on US network Showtime. However, Billboard reports that Phase 4 Films has acquired North American rights to the movie and will give it a cinema release in summer 2014.

The film follows Jay Z as he plans the Made In America festival, a two-day festival in Philadelphia he has held annually since 2012. Performances from Drake, Pearl Jam, Run DMC, Passion Pit, Calvin Harris, Janelle Monae and Skrillex all appear in the film.

 

 

 

 

Dido Reminisces on ‘Greatest Hits’
Did you ever think you would have a greatest hits album?
No! (Laughs) It was a bit of a surprise. I was in the middle of making a record and my friend came and said, “Do you want to do a greatest hits?” And I was like, “Really?” It probably always seems crazy to do a greatest hits. I had so much fun putting it together… it’s like a proper celebration of the last 15 years. It’s not something you think will happen.

How did you go about selecting the tracks to go on the album?
It wasn’t a struggle. I struggled more with the remix album, because there were so many remixes that I loved. It was hard to fit them all on. And I wanted to include some that people had never heard. There were some Timbaland remixes that no one had ever heard before and then there were some new remixes, like a Mantronix mix of “Go Dreaming,” a mix of “Blackbird” by Moguai. I wanted go get all that on. On the main album, I kept it simple. I basically picked singles and songs I love and kept it in chronological order. Then I added a few collaborations to really represent the whole era.

What about the compilation’s never-before-heard track, “NYC”? When did you compose that one?
I wrote that with Greg Kurstin the same time I wrote (2013’s) “End of Night,” “Happy New Year, and “Let’s Runaway,” and saved it because I didn’t finish it. And I actually thought this was the perfect album for it to go on, because it references lyrically when I first started and first came to America. I came over to New York with a point to prove to my brother (producer Rollo Armstrong) who basically said, “You can’t do this.” I was walking the streets of New York thinking, “I’m not going home until something happens, and I won’t go home until I’ve walked every street in this town.” I thought this was the perfect album to put it on, as opposed to the next record.

Here’s the tracklist from “Greatest Hits,” due Nov. 25 via RCA:
1. Here With Me
2. Thank You
3. Hunter
4. White Flag
5. Life For Rent
6. Don’t Leave Home
7. Sand In My Shoes
8. Don’t Believe In Love
9. Quiet Times
10. Grafton Street
11. Everything To Lose
12. Let Us Move On Feat. Kendrick Lamar
13. No Freedom
14. End Of Night
15. One Step Too Far (Radio Edit) – Faithless Featuring Dido
16. Stan – Eminem Featuring Dido
17. If I Rise – Dido and A. R. Rahman
18. NYC *