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John Legend enlists Alicia Keys, Gary Clark Jr. for ’12 Years a Slave’ soundtrack

5 Oct

John Legend has confirmed his role as executive producer for the upcoming motion soundtrack “12 Years a Slave.”

The British-American historical drama film – based on the 1853 autobiography “Twelve Years a Slave” by Solomon Northup – will be released in US theatres on October 18 via Fox Searchlight Pictures.

Among the artists contributing to the soundtrack are singer/songwriter Alicia Keys [RCA Records] and guitarist Gary Clark Jr. [Warner Bros. Records].

Legend co-wrote the Rodney Jerkins-produced “Listen to Your Heart” and the Stacy Barthe-assisted “When It’s All Over” from Alicia Keys’ latest album “Girl on Fire,” which debuted at number one on the US Billboard 200 Albums Chart.

His new album “Love in the Future” was released recently via G.O.O.D. Music / Columbia Records. The follow-up to 2007’s “Evolver” includes hit singles “Who Do We Think We Are (featuring Rick Ross),” “Made to Love” and “All of Me.”

Watch the video for Keys’ previous single “Fire We Make (featuring Maxwell)” below. The track was co-written by Gary Clark Jr. along with Warren “Oak” Felder and Andrew “Pop” Wansel.

Lana Del Rey confirmed for ‘The Great Gatsby’ soundtrack

7 Apr

Lana Del Rey has been confirmed as one of the contributors on the upcoming motion picture soundtrack “The Great Gatsby.”

“Young and Beautiful” was written by Rey – real name Elizabeth Grant – along with legendary hitmaker Rick Nowels, who previously teamed up with the artist on singles “Summertime Sadness” and “Dark Paradise.”

Other songwriting and production credits by Nowels include “No Freedom” by Dido [Sony Music Entertainment / RCA Records], “What If” by Colbie Caillat [Universal Music Group / Republic Records] and “The World As I See It” by Jason Mraz [Warner Music Group / Atlantic Records].

Meanwhile, the “Video Games” singer is currently recording the follow-up to 2012’s “Born to Die” [Universal Music Group / Interscope Records]. That release debuted at number two on the US Billboard 200 Albums Chart. It also spawned hit singles “Born to Die,” “Blue Jeans” and “National Anthem.”