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Whip it – Soundtrack

Soundtrack Available from Friday April 2nd

Drew Barrymore makes her directorial debut with Fox Searchlight Pictures’ Whip It, a coming-of-age-on-wheels comedy set in the wild world of all-girl roller derby. Premiering April 7th in theatres nationwide, the film stars Academy Award nominee Ellen Page, Academy Award winner Marcia Gay Harden, Kristen Wiig, Academy Award nominee Juliette Lewis and Barrymore.

The girl-power-meets-punk-rock spirit of the music featured in Whip It plays an integral role in telling the story, from setting the film’s rebellious tone to celebrating its characters’ wild individuality. Barrymore says music was frequently played on the movie set, where a hot-pink boom box was her constant companion. “We spent countless hours listening to as many different songs as possible, always searching for just the right song for just the right moment,” she says. “Some of these songs were inspirational to us from very early on in the process, and really set the tone in our minds of the movie we were trying to make.”

Conceived as a mix tape, the soundtrack’s 19 songs are peppered with talented young artists like Belgian electro-rockers Goose (“Black Gloves”), Mercury Prize nominees The Go! Team (“Doing It Right”), L.A. beat-punks The Ettes (“Crown Of Age”), Rolling Stone Artist to Watch Apollo Sunshine (“Breeze”), Swedish singer-songwriter Jens Lekman, Nebraska indie-pop quintet Tilly And The Wall (“Pot Kettle Black”), and Peaches’ raunchy fun (“Boys Wanna Be Her”)

The up-and-comers appear along with a diverse selection that includes the Ramones (“Sheena Is A Punk Rocker”), The Breeders (“Bang On”), Dolly Parton (“Jolene”), The Raveonettes (“Dead Sound”) and .38 Special (“Caught Up In You”). Singer-songwriter Landon Pigg appears in the film and is also featured on the soundtrack, performing “HighTimes” with the Turbo Fruits. The soundtrack also features contributions from The Section Quartet, a group of composers with a knack for turning popular rock songs into string quartet compositions.

The film stars Page, who was nominated for the Best Actress Academy Award for her performance in the 2007 comedy Juno. For Whip It, Page plays Bliss Cavender, an indie-music-loving Texas teen who dreams of escaping her tiny, truck-stop town. While her beauty-pageant-obsessed mother (Harden) dreams of her daughter winning the coveted Miss Bluebonnet crown, Bliss discovers the liberating power of roller derby in nearby Austin.

Inspired by local roller derby stars (played by Barrymore, Wiig and Lewis), Bliss secretly tries out for a spot on the Hurl Scouts, a rag-tag team of scrappy underdogs. Soon, she’s skating as a “jammer,” taking on the nickname Babe Ruthless, facing off with her bad-ass rival, Iron Maven (Lewis) and falling for her biggest fan (Pigg). But when her secret gets out, Bliss faces her toughest fight yet, taking control of her own future. Rounding out a dynamic ensemble cast, Whip It also features Eve, Jimmy Fallon, Daniel Stern, Alia Shawkat, Ari Graynor, and Zoe Bell.


Track Listing

1. “Pot Kettle Black” – Tilly And The Wall
2. “Sheena Is A Punk Rocker” – Ramones
3. “What’s The Attitude” – Cut Chemist featuring Hymnal
4. “Bang On” – The Breeders
5. “Dead Sound” – The Raveonettes
6. “Blue Turning Grey” – Clap Your Hands Say Yeah
7. “Your Arms Around Me” – Jens Lekman
8. “Learnalilgivinanlovin” – Gotye
9. “Boys Wanna Be Her” – Peaches
10. “Jolene” – Dolly Parton
11. “Caught Up In You” – .38 Special
12. “Never My Love” – Har Mar Superstar (feat. Adam Green)
13. “Black Gloves” – Goose
14. “Crown Of Age” – The Ettes
15. “HighTimes” – Landon Pigg featuring Turbo Fruits
16. “Unattainable” – Little Joy
17. “Lollipop” (Squeak E. Clean & Desert Eagles Remix) – The Chordettes
18. “Doing It Right” – The Go! Team
19. “Breeze” – Apollo Sunshine


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Carly Simon has, after 38 years, given the strongest hint yet as to the identity of the man ‘You’re So Vain’ was actually written about.

In an interview with Uncut magazine, Carly Simon says:
“You know what, I’m just going to tell you this. The answer is on the new version of ‘You’re So Vain’, on my new record ‘Never Been Gone’. There’s a little whisper – and it’s the answer to the puzzle.”

For 38 years speculation has been rife. Was it Cat Stevens, Kris Kristofferson, Mick Jagger or the constant favourite, Warren Beatty? Could it have been someone else entirely?

Released on Friday February 26th 2010, Carly Simon’s new album ‘Never Been Gone’ re-imagines the ‘Best Of’ format. ‘Never Been Gone’ features 10 brand new recordings of some of her best known songs, including the 1972 hit ‘You’re So Vain’, and two brand new songs.

A portion of the proceeds from ‘Never Been Gone’ will go to the Carly Simon Music Therapy Initiative, the collaboration between Carly Simon and Berklee College of Music that brings the healing power of music into the community at large.

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Madonna’s “Sticky & Sweet” show, the most successful tour by a solo artist in history, will be released on DVD on Friday March 26th. “Sticky & Sweet” was seen live by over three and a half million Madonna fans. The DVD was filmed in Buenos Aires, one of 32 countries where the “Sticky & Sweet” show was performed. The tour debuted in 2008 in conjunction with the release of the multi-Grammy winner’s “Hard Candy” album which debuted at No. 1 in 37 countries.

The Blu-Ray & DVD will include hits throughout the course of The Material Girl’s unprecedented career including “4 Minutes”, “Like a Prayer”, “Vogue”, “Music”, “Hung Up” and “Ray of Light” along with a show stopping moment when Madonna performs a historic “Don’t Cry For Me Argentina” to a thunderous audience response from her Argentinean fans.

“Part concert, part block party and all fun, there is still only one Madonna,” raved the Oakland Press in their review of the “Sticky & Sweet” Tour. “A night of triumph and defiance. A two hour multi media juggernaut,” glowed the LA Times. “Our lady of perpetual motion. This may be the best tour she’s ever stitched together,” claimed the NY Post.

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Carly Simon – Never Been Gone (2010)

Carly Simon, one of the greatest songwriters, composers and performers of the past four decades, will return on Friday February 26th with the release of new album ‘Never Been Gone’.

‘Never Been Gone’ is a brand new look at ten of Carly’s best loved, well-known songs, plus 2 new tracks. The album features largely acoustic arrangements of Carly’s greatest compositions such as ‘You’re So Vain’, ‘Let The Riverrun’ and ‘The Right Thing To Do’.


1. The Right Thing To Do

2. It Happens Every Day

3. Never Been Gone

4. Boys In The Trees

5. Let The Riverrun

6. You’re So Vain

7. You Belong To Me

8. No Freedom*

9. That’s The Way I’ve Always Heard It Should Be

10. Coming Around Again

11. Anticipation

12. Songbird*

*brand new songs

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Get Your Gucci Mane on!

Gucci Mane featuring Usher

Single ‘Spotlight’ released last Friday; new album ‘The State vs. Radric Davis’ follows this Friday February 12th

“Gucci’s on his way to full fledged superstar status” – XXL

#6 – 10 Hottest MCs in the Game – MTV

Widely tipped to be one of the 2010’s breakthrough rappers, Gucci Mane released debut single ‘Spotlight’, featuring the notable vocal talents of Usher, last Friday. The single previews the release of his highly anticipated new album ‘The State vs. Radric Davis’ that follows this Friday February 12th.

Hailing from the mean streets of East Atlanta’s Zone 6, Gucci Mane has endured a troublesome journey to become one of the genre’s hottest new stars. Mane’s rise to the top commenced when his collaboration with Young Jeezy on the club anthem ‘Icy’ became a huge hit. Unfortunately almost a year in prison on an attempted murder charge ensured that he couldn’t fully capitalise on his growing popularity.

Gucci Mane’s return to the scene in 2009 after his third spell in prison (this time for a probation violation stemming from the Young Jeezy incident) saw him become one of 2009’s most prolific artists as he recorded 150 songs for 40 different albums and mix tapes. He featured on Top 20 hits from Mariah Carey, Mario and Trey Songz, and his own track ‘Wasted’ became a #1 urban mainstream radio hit.

‘The State Vs. Radric Davis’ will be his first album to be released through So Icey / Asylum / Warner Bros. Records. Including both ‘Wasted’ and ‘Spotlight’, it features contributions from Keyshia Cole, Lil Wayne, Soulja Boy, Keri Hilson and Usher.


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Reprise Records announced today that beginning February 9th, Michael Bublé fans in the online community will have an opportunity to purchase “Special Delivery” – via digital download – a group of six Bublé recorded songs that are currently unavailable in the marketplace. “Special Delivery” includes Bublé’s interpretations of classics including “These Foolish Things (Remind Me Of You),” “Dream A Little Dream,” “I’m Beginning To See The Light,” “Mack the Knife,” “Orange Colored Sky” and “Softly As I Leave You.” These songs are now available for the first time at iTunes and all digital retailers in one digital package – perfect timing for Valentine’s Day. These songs were previously available in limited edition and special packages.

Bublé, who is scheduled to appear on the Ellen Show on Feb. 9th and the Today Show on Feb. 12th is expected to begin his “Crazy Love” Tour on March 10th in Orlando, Florida. The multi- platinum Canadian has just received a Grammy for Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album on his previous release, “Michael Bublé Meets Madison Square Garden”. His current CD “Crazy Love” has remained a staple on the Irish Charts since released last September reaching multi platinum status.

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