Beyoncé and Andre 3000 will team up to cover the late singer Amy Winehouse for the Great Gatsby soundtrack – the forthcoming film adaptated from the famous F. Scott Fitzgerald novel. Speaking to E! Online, an anonymous record label source confirmed that the pair are set to cover “Back To Black,” adding: “It’s a very different take” on the sultry heartbreak classic from Winehouse’s album of the same name. This development follows the recent announcement that Jay-Z will be executive producing the soundtrack cooperatively with composer Craig Armstrong and music supervisor Anton Monsted. As reported by Reuters:
“Luhrmann and Jay-Z were introduced by Leonardo DiCaprio (Jay Gatsby), and this led to a two-year collaborative effort,” the statement says. “During this time, Jay-Z worked with Luhrmann and his team to capture, translate and contrast the feelings of Fitzgerald’s decadent era with that of our own, using hip-hop and jazz, music contemporary and period, to bring two distinct American moments to simultaneous life.”
According to one account from Luhrmann, he and Leonardo DiCaprio were in the studio during the Watch The Throne sessions for “No Church in the Wild” which has been featured in trailers for the film.
“Leonardo and I were lucky enough to be present in a recording session over two years ago as Jay-Z was recording ‘No Church in the Wild,’ and the collaboration grew from there.”
The Great Gatsby is set to premiere at the Cannes Film Festival in France on May 15th. Keep your eyes and ears peeled.
Spotted at MI