The Great Gatsby is set to be the biggest film release this year, but we’re almost as excited about the soundtrack - especially because it’s just been announced that Beyonce will be contributing. Yes, Queen B will be teaming up with Andre 3000 for a version of Amy Winehouse’s classic track, Back To Black.
We already knew that Jay-Z was producing the soundtrack – so there was a strong chance his lady wife would be making an appearance. But Beyonce covers Winehouse? We didn’t see that one coming – and we cannot WAIT to hear it. Especially as a source has said it’s “a very different take” on the track.
Not everyone is happy though, with some fans of Amy reacting negatively on twitter, saying the song is “sacred” and should be left alone. Amy’s dad Mitch Winehouse responded by tweeting: First I have heard about Beyonce and Back to Black. Sounds like some of you don't like the idea. He added. I don't know this but what if Beyonce gave £100,000 to foundation. Do you know how many kids that would help? Just putting it out there.
So what else can we expect from the soundtrack? Florence + The Machine’s track Bedroom Hymns featured on the second trailer for the film, released in December, fuelling speculation that she’ll play a part on the soundtrack, too. The White Stripes’ Jack White has also appeared on one, with a cover of U2’s Love Is Blind.
And the first clue that Jay-Z would be appearing on the soundtrack came almost a year ago when No Church In The Wild, his track with Kanye West from the duo’s Watch The Throne album, featured on the first trailer for Gatsby.
Jay Z and Baz Luhrman were apparently introduced by mutual friend Leonardo di Caprio, and the director has since spoken of his admiration for the star. “In our age, the energy of jazz is caught in the energy of hip-hop,” he said. “Not only is JAY Z a great artist, full stop, but I had heard that he was a great collaborator. 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.”
Likewise, Jay was more than up for the challenge. “The Great Gatsby is that classic American story of one’s introduction to extravagance, decadence and illusion,’” he said. “It’s ripe for experimentation and ready to be interpreted with a modern twist.”
It feels like we’ve waited our whole lives for this film, but its finally out in the UK on May 17 - and we're counting down the days.