The Great Gatsby soundtrack, which has been two years in the making, has been unveiled
The Great Gatsby soundtrack has been unveiled and it features the likes of Beyoncé, Jay-Z, Lana Del Rey, Emeli Sandé, The xx, Fergie, will.i.am and Florence + The Machine.
The movie’s director Baz Luhrmann, along with executive producer Jay-Z and Anton Monsted, its executive music supervisor, has revealed the soundtrack’s full line-up along with a six-minute sampler of the music.
Explaining the inspiration behind the chosen tracks, Baz Luhrmann said: ‘F. Scott Fitzgerald’s novel is peppered with contemporary music references specific to the story’s setting of 1922. While we acknowledge, as Fitzgerald phrased it, ‘the Jazz Age,’ and this is the period represented on screen, we -our audience – are living in the ‘hip-hop age’ and want our viewers to feel the impact of modern-day music the way Fitzgerald did for the readers of his novel at the time of its publication.’
Jay-Z and his team have been working on the soundtrack for the last two years, and it’s a project the rapper is very passionate about, saying: ‘The Great Gatsby is that classic American story of one’s introduction to extravagance, decadence and illusion. It’s ripe for experimentation and ready to be interpreted with a modern twist. The imagination Baz brought to ‘Moulin Rouge!’ made it a masterpiece, and ‘Romeo + Juliet’s’ score wasn’t just in the background; the music became a character. This film’s vision and direction has all the makings of an epic experience.’