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September 3, 2013
Re "Protest songs still march on," Aug. 28 As Harry Belafonte notes, folk and gospel music galvanized support for the 1963 March on Washington. Just as important, however, was the emergence of rock 'n' roll, which prompted musical - and societal - desegregation. Before Elvis Presley's recording debut in 1954, radio stations were musically segregated. Stations were either white - in management, listeners and featured artists - or black. Presley created a quandary by being a white singer who sounded black.
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ENTERTAINMENT
April 23, 2014 | By Mikael Wood
"Frozen" isn't going anywhere. The hit soundtrack to Disney's animated feature film topped the Billboard 200 for the 11th time Wednesday, reflecting sales of 259,000 copies in the week that ended Sunday, according to Nielsen SoundScan. That's the album's biggest one-week business yet, wrote Billboard's Keith Caulfield, who attributed the 94% boost over the previous week to Easter shopping, "which tends to lift sales of music that appeals to families and children. " PHOTOS: Upcoming Disney films, spring and beyond In extending its stint at No. 1, "Frozen" also broke the record held by "The Lion King" for the most weeks atop the chart for a soundtrack to an animated movie.
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ENTERTAINMENT
December 19, 2012 | By Mikael Wood
In need of online-shopping accompaniment that doesn't feature sleigh bells or mistletoe? Consider the soundtrack to Quentin Tarantino's upcoming "Django Unchained," which you can stream below. As with most of Tarantino's soundtracks, the album features bits of dialogue and some classic film music, including several themes by spaghetti-western kingpin Ennio Morricone. But in a first for the director, the set also contains newly commissioned tracks by Rick Ross, John Legend and Anthony Hamilton, as well as a strangely effective mash-up of James Brown's "The Payback" and "Untouchable" by 2Pac.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 19, 2014 | By Rebecca Keegan, Los Angeles Times
Considered deeply uncool at one point, music from animated movies is back - and singing along is now not only OK for kids, it's something adults record themselves doing on their phones and share on YouTube. The boom in popular songs from animated movies comes after a long fallow period when the form yielded few hits in the music world, despite box-office juggernauts like the "Toy Story," "Shrek" and "Ice Age" franchises. Though all incorporated music in their films, it was rarely the kind that had come to define the genre at Disney Animation in the late 1980s and early 1990s, when it was making music-driven hits like "The Lion King," "Beauty and the Beast" and "The Little Mermaid.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 1, 2013 | By Randy Lewis
With the theatrical release of a documentary feature on indie-rock cult group Big Star looming for July 3, the 22-track soundtrack album will be released a week earlier on June 25 with previously unissued versions of the group's cornerstone songs. The “Big Star: Nothing Can Hurt Me” soundtrack, to be issued on a single CD and double LP, will consist of demos, alternate takes and remixes created for the film, which was an official selection at the 2012 SXSW Film Festival and winner of best documentary at last year's Indie Memphis festival.
SPORTS
July 29, 2012 | By Dan Loumena
While many viewers didn't always care for the quirky opening ceremony produced by Danny Boyle for the London Olympics, many did appreciate the eclectic mix of music that accompanied it. The soundtrack, a 36-song, two-disc set titled "Isle of Wonder," is currently topping the iTunes album charts in Belgium, Britain, France and Spain while reaching No. 5 in the U.S. On Aug. 6, you can purchase the album on Universal Music's Decca Records label....
ENTERTAINMENT
August 22, 2009 | Todd Martens
In director Marc Webb's breakout indie hit "(500) Days of Summer," the words "you have good taste in music" are as meaningful as "I love you." Characters in the twentysomething modern love story, set in downtown Los Angeles, connect over a mutual appreciation of gloomy '80s-rock romantics the Smiths, and emotions including adulation and heartache are all broadcast via drunken karaoke. Music has been a key selling point to "(500) Days of Summer," helped in part by one of the film's leads, Zooey Deschanel (when not acting, she's one half of She & Him, a vintage-spiked indie pop group)
ENTERTAINMENT
August 9, 2013
The first track from the soundtrack for “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire” will be Coldplay's "Atlas" and will be released Aug. 26. This will be the first original song the group has recorded for a movie. "I have great respect and admiration for Coldplay, and we are thrilled with how well they have connected to the themes and ideas within the film," director Francis Lawrence said in a statement. "Their unwavering passion and excitement for the project elevated the collaboration even further, and we can't wait to share this music with audiences around the world.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 15, 2013 | By Gerrick D. Kennedy
Jay-Z plans to put a modern spin on jazz when he lends himself to the soundtrack for "The Great Gatsby. " Although the Bullitts, the musical designation for producer/musician Jeymes Samuel, leaked the news late last year, Jay-Z's  involvement was officially confirmed Friday in a release from Warner Bros. Jay-Z said he will bring a modern "Jazz Age" energy to the soundtrack for the adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald's novel of 1920s America. He also promised the score will feature “the world's top musical artists,” an easy guarantee when your wife is Beyonce and you count Kanye West and Chris Martin among your friends.  PHOTOS: The scene at SXSW 2013 The multi-platinum rapper/mogul was introduced to Luhrmann by Leonardo DiCaprio, who plays the mysterious titular character, and this led to a two-year collaboration.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 14, 2014 | By Oliver Gettell
He's best known as a founding member of Devo, the plastic-domed new-wave band that gave the world "Whip It. " But musician Mark Mothersbaugh has flourished in a different guise in recent years: composing for film, television and video games, including the poppy and propulsive soundtrack for new animated hit "The Lego Movie" In other words, everything's, well, awesome? "I'm definitely a visually inspired guy," Mothersbaugh said on the phone from his studio in West Hollywood when asked about the movie.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 26, 2014 | By Mikael Wood
"Frozen" has stopped the competition cold -- again. The soundtrack to the smash-hit Disney film topped the Billboard 200 on Wednesday, reflecting sales of 202,000 copies, according to Nielsen SoundScan, in the week ending March 23. With a 104% increase over the previous week (when "Frozen" was also No. 1), that's the biggest weekly number the album has logged since it came out in November -- an unusual time for such an achievement, as Billboard's Keith Caulfield points out . SPRING ARTS PREVIEW: Pop music "Generally," he writes, "albums start big and then taper off as the weeks tick by. " One probable explanation for "Frozen's" late-in-the-game boost?
ENTERTAINMENT
March 21, 2014 | By Gerrick D. Kennedy
In Zedd's latest club number, "Find You," he implores the listener to "turn up your night. " The Russian-born DJ and producer's electro-house number is a quintessential dance club anthem, but there's also something more at work here than just the same old party mantra. The lyric "turn up your night" also happens to be the slogan of a new Bud Light Platinum campaign. The song (featuring vocals by Matthew Koma and Miriam Bryant) is the lead single on the "Divergent" soundtrack, and the music video for "Find You" costars bottles of the beer.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 19, 2014 | By Mikael Wood
"Frozen" is back at No. 1. After two weeks in which rap albums by first Schoolboy Q and then Rick Ross dominated the Billboard 200, the soundtrack to Disney's smash-hit animated feature returned to the top spot Wednesday, reflecting sales of 99,000 copies in the week ending March 16, according to Nielsen SoundScan. Those numbers push the disc's sales this year past the 1 million mark -- more than any other album has sold so far in 2014, notes Keith Caulfield at Billboard.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 26, 2014 | By Mikael Wood
"Frozen" just won't let it go. The soundtrack to Disney's hit animated feature returned to No. 1 on the Billboard 200 on Wednesday, marking its fifth nonconsecutive week atop the album chart. Driven in part by the success of the single " Let It Go " -- which is up for an Oscar on Sunday for original song -- "Frozen" sold 89,000 copies in the week that ended Feb. 23, according to Nielsen SoundScan. Those five weeks are the most for any soundtrack since 1998, as Billboard's Keith Caulfield reports . That's the year "Titanic," with Celine Dion's smash " My Heart Will Go On ," occupied the top spot for 16 straight weeks.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 14, 2014 | By Oliver Gettell
He's best known as a founding member of Devo, the plastic-domed new-wave band that gave the world "Whip It. " But musician Mark Mothersbaugh has flourished in a different guise in recent years: composing for film, television and video games, including the poppy and propulsive soundtrack for new animated hit "The Lego Movie" In other words, everything's, well, awesome? "I'm definitely a visually inspired guy," Mothersbaugh said on the phone from his studio in West Hollywood when asked about the movie.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 13, 2014 | By Betsy Sharkey, Los Angeles Times Film Critic
In "Endless Love," the gauzy new romantic drama starring Alex Pettyfer and Gabriella Wilde as the meant-to-be-togethers, one thing is certain - sometimes beauty is only skin deep. Directed by Shana Feste and delivering its breaking hearts and fragrant flowers just in time for Valentine's Day, the film is filled with interesting ideas about love, loss, self-esteem and social class, particularly as they define still malleable graduating seniors. But in adapting Scott Spencer's novel for the big screen, Feste and Joshua Safran ("Gossip Girl")
ENTERTAINMENT
March 19, 2014 | By Mikael Wood
"Frozen" is back at No. 1. After two weeks in which rap albums by first Schoolboy Q and then Rick Ross dominated the Billboard 200, the soundtrack to Disney's smash-hit animated feature returned to the top spot Wednesday, reflecting sales of 99,000 copies in the week ending March 16, according to Nielsen SoundScan. Those numbers push the disc's sales this year past the 1 million mark -- more than any other album has sold so far in 2014, notes Keith Caulfield at Billboard.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 19, 2013 | By Steven Zeitchik
NEW YORK - Bono took a look around the cluttered recording studio, filled with Coke bottles and laptops and vinyl records, and turned to a reporter. 'I'm not sure where we put the crack pipe," he deadpanned, pretending to riffle around a coffee table as he also poked at the band's workaholic image. "We usually leave it out for guests. " A moment later the U2 frontman had cranked up a track from the band's work-in-progress April album, an anthemic number about leaving one's hometown titled "Invisible.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 26, 2013
Arik Einstein Israeli pop singer, movie actor Arik Einstein, 74, a beloved Israeli singer and cultural icon whose voice was called the soundtrack of a nation, died Tuesday at a hospital in Tel-Aviv after collapsing at his home. He died of an aneurysm, according to Gaby Barabash, director of Tel-Aviv's Ichilov Medical Center. Born in Tel-Aviv in 1939, Arik (Aryeh) Einstein was a star athlete as a teenager. When called up for military service in the 1950s, the nearsighted youth was barred from combat service and tried out for an army entertainment troupe, almost accidentally launching a career that would span 50 years and most of the nation's history.
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