April 4, 2013


'Great Gatsby' Soundtrack Features Jay-Z, Jack White, Florence + the Machine

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With Jay-Z executive producing the upcoming Great Gatsby soundtrack, it's not surprising that, short of an Axl/Slash reunion, he could pretty much get whoever he wanted. Still, the just-released tracklisting is an insane, genre-disparate mix, including Jack White, Q-Tip, Florence Welch, the XX, Lana Del Rey and dubstep trio Nero.

We already told you about Beyonce and Andre 3000's cover of Amy Winehouse's "Back to Black", but the complete soundtrack, out May 7, is a mix of covers (Jack White covering U2's "Love is Blindness", Emeli Sandé taking on Beyonce's "Crazy in Love") and original tracks (The xx's "Together", Florence and the Machine's "Over The Love").

A few questions, though:

  • Did Beyonce have to approve Emeli Sandé's cover of "Crazy in Love"?
  • Will Lana Del Rey's "Young and Beautiful" be ironic or literal?
  • Are you really going to have a song called "A Little Party Never Killed Nobody" two tracks after an Amy Winehouse cover?
  • Whatever happened to Prince and Lady Gaga's rumored contributions? Will they be one of the three bonus tracks that'll appear on the "deluxe" version or was that some sick joke?
  • Why did Jay-Z put the dollar sign ahead of the "100"? Is that how they did it in the 1920s? Should I know this already?

Warner Bros. released a new trailer for the film, featuring snippets of "Back to Black," "Young and Beautiful" and "Over the Love," which you can check out right here. 

Full tracklist below for your own anticipation and critical dissection.  

1. Jay-Z – "100$ Bill"
2. Beyoncé and André 3000 – "Back to Black"
3. will.i.am – "Bang Bang"
4. Fergie, Q-Tip, and GoonRock – "A Little Party Never Killed Nobody (All We Got)"
5. Lana Del Rey – "Young and Beautiful"
6. Bryan Ferry with The Bryan Ferry Orchestra – "Love Is The Drug"
7. Florence and the Machine – "Over The Love"
8. Coco O. of Quadron – "Where The Wind Blows"
9. Emeli Sandé and The Bryan Ferry Orchestra – "Crazy in Love"
10. The xx – "Together"
11. Gotye – "Hearts a Mess"
12. Jack White – "Love is Blindless"
13. Nero – "Into the Past"