Celine Dion doesn't want "My Heart Will Go On" played at her funeral.
While the 45-year-old songstress is grateful for the success of her hit ballad - which was featured on the soundtrack to 1997 movie Titanic - she is wary of the career-defining song following her into the afterlife: "I'm going to die with this song. It's a good problem to have, when you're part of a classic and you know that you're going to die with it. [But] when I die, though, please don't play the song."
"My Heart Will Go On" has become one of the best-selling singles of all time, with 15 million record sales worldwide, and even earned Celine an Oscar, but the French-Canadian star said she was initially reluctant to record the signature track. "I didn't want to sing 'My Heart Will Go On' ... thank God they didn't listen to me! I didn't really like the song at first. I wasn't sure. I did another song for a movie before and it was very successful and I thought we were pushing our luck. And [my husband and manager] said, 'Let's just do a demo, let's give it a try and we'll see after.' The demo is actually the real recording, I never sang the song again ... Well, except three million times after that live," she explained.
Adele has reportedly been asked to sing the next James Bond theme song. Bosses of the spy franchise are so impressed with the Oscar winning theme to Skyfall - written and recorded by Adele with producer Paul Epworth - they want her to work on the next instalment when it goes into production.
"Producers are thrilled by how well the song has been received and hope Adele's presence on the next film will replicate that success. They want her to become as synonymous with Bond as Shirley [Bassey]," a source said.
The huge-voiced Welsh singer Shirley sang the themes to three James Bond films: Goldfinger in 1964, Diamonds Are Forever in 1972 and 1979's Moonraker, three of the most loved from the series' 50 year run. However, Skyfall is the most awarded and successful Bond theme of all time, selling over three million copies worldwide.
Fans are also keen to hear new songs from the star - whose 21 album has sold over 25 million copies since release in January 2011 - but is waiting for inspiration to hit.
Adele will perform "Skyfall" at the Oscars next month. The 24-year-old pop star will perform the theme to the latest James Bond movie during the 85th Academy Awards at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles on February 24.
"It's an honor to be nominated and terrifyingly wonderful to be singing in front of people who have captured my imagination over and over again. It's something I've never experienced and probably only ever will once!" the 24 year-old singer said.
The track, which Adele co-wrote with Paul Epworth, has been nominated for Original Song and is the first Bond theme to get an Oscar nod since "For Your Eyes Only" in 1981. It has already seen success, winning the Golden Globe Award for Best Original Song earlier this month.
Craig Zadan and Neil Meron, producers of this year's Academy Awards, hailed Adele's "unique artistry." They said, "She is currently one of the most successful recording artists in the world, and we believe her performance of 'Skyfall' will be an exciting Oscar moment."
Prince and Lady Gaga are writing songs for The Great Gatsby soundtrack.
The "Purple Rain" hitmaker and the "Poker Face" star reportedly approached director Baz Luhrmann about working on the musical accompaniments to his forthcoming film - which stars Leonardo DiCaprio Tobey Maguire, Carey Mulligan and Isla Fisher - cast member Adelaide Clemens has claimed.
"They have some new music that's going to be added to the film... Some pretty huge artists have approached Baz and are writing songs for the film, and I don't think Warner Bros. are going to turn down Prince and Lady Gaga knocking down your door," Adelaide said.
However, Adelaide refused to explain any further, so it is unclear whether the pair will submit songs separately or together: "I don't know if I'm allowed to say that."
Muse regrets missing out on recording a James Bond theme.
The "Survival" band - Matt Bellamy, Christopher Wolstenholme and Dominic Howard - didn't contribute a track to the latest film in the spy franchise, Skyfall, but think that their song "Supremacy" would have been perfect.
"It's got a little bit of a Bond vibe - it all goes a bit crazy [like former Bond theme] 'Live And Let Die' in the middle. My view is they should use it for the James Bond film, but I don't know what's going on with that. I heard Adele was doing it," said Dominic, describing the track.
It was recently confirmed the titular theme to Skyfall will be sung by Adele, and is expected to be released next week.
Adele is rumored to be recording a song for the new James Bond film.
The "Someone Like You" singer was spotted at Abbey Road studio earlier this month, where the soundtrack for Skyfall is being produced, with producer Paul Epworth. Adele, 24, hinted last year on The Jonathan Ross Show she'd been offered the 007 spot and Chris Cornell, who recroded the theme song for Casino Royale, thinks that she is the "perfect choice."
"I can't think of a better one. She's phenomenal and it's nice, in a day and age where so many vocals are fixed by computers, that the biggest album of last year was somebody who sings for real," Cornell told MTV News.
It is thought Adele could be recording a special track to be played over the film's closing credits. The process of choosing the title song for a James Bond film is thorough, with several artists each recording their own song and submitting them to the producers, who then make a decision on which one to have.
Lady Gaga has has been asked to submit a track for the next James Bond film.
“The Bond bosses are all huge Gaga fans. Her sound and sense of drama make her the top choice,” a source told The Sun newspaper. “Gaga has the look as well as the voice to tackle a thundering ballad. She’s a great songwriter too. This is perfect on every level.”
If Gaga is chosen to record the title track, she would be following in the footsteps of her idol Madonna, who recorded the main song for Die Another Day. (She also had a cameo in the film.) That song, “Die Another Day,” went on to become one of the most successful themes in the series’ history.
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Later this summer, Jessica Biel will be taking a break from the small screen to test out her chops in a smaller forum. “I auditioned for a summer production of Guys and Dolls at the Hollywood Bowl. I thought, ‘Well, I’m not a soprano anymore, but I guess I’ll go in for it.’ I literally walked in and said, ‘I can do this song but we’re going to have to drop it down a few notes.’ Actually, I did pretty well and I got the part of Sandy, which I’ll be performing later this summer,” Biel told Parade.
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As we mentioned back in July, musicians Jack White and Alicia Keys have teamed up for the latest Bond song. “Another Way to Die” - written by the White Stripes singer - is the first 007 track performed as a duet.
Although it was once believed Amy Winehouse would be the next Bond performer, her personal troubles prevented that project from ever coming together.
The Quantum of Solace soundtrack will hit the shelves on October 28. The movie will then arrive in theaters on November 14.
UPDATE: You can find info on the selected theaters here.
If you’ve been driving your family crazy with the Mamma Mia! soundtrack, you may get an opportunity to belt your heart out with other ABBA fanatics.
This Labor Day weekend, Universal will deliver a special version of the Meryl Streep movie to select cities. Mamma Mia! The Sing-Along Edition‘s subtitled lyrics will allow audiences to recite the words they probably all know by now.
Interestingly, this same marketing ploy was implemented by New Line last year during Hairspray‘s record-breaking run. As of last weekend, Mamma Mia! was only $2 million away ($117 million) from surpassing the 2007 film on the highest-grossing movie musicals list.
The Sing-Along Edition opens in limited release on August 29.
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