Not only was Pitch Perfect epically funny it also had an amazing soundtrack. It was the perfect blend of nostalgic pop hits, current Top 40s, and innovative musical mash-ups. But can the upcoming sequel, with Elizabeth Banks now serving as director, top the 2012 movie?
They have all the tools: Anna Kendrick proved she was a viable recording artist after “Cups” went from a cute song to a viral hit. Fans may not realize that Ester Dean, who plays Cynthia Rose, is behind some of the most memorable pop hits. She produced the infectious Selena Gomez hit “Come & Get It” and the David Guetta/Nicki Minaj collaboration “Turn Me On.” We may not know any of the songs that will be in the movie but here are a few songs we’re dying to hear get an aca-adjustment.
The Audition Song
In the first film, all the freshman had to perform Kelly Clarkson’s “Since You’ve Been Gone.” Rebel Wilson kills it and Skylar Astin belts out a high note. For the sequel, we think Miley Cyrus’ “Wrecking Ball” is the perfect song. The Bellas could very well choose the song since they sang “Party in the USA” in the last film. Plus, the song is catchy, and by now, who doesn’t know the lyrics?
The riff-off was one of the best moments of the movie. All the competing a capella groups meet up in an empty pool to sing fully arranged a capella songs with no prior rehearsal. However, through Hollywood magic they end up being fully in-synch. In the first film, songs like “Like a Virgin” by Madonna, “S&M” by Rihanna (written by Dean), and “No Diggity” by Blackstreet made the cut. This is a great opportunity for “Come & Get It” to make an appearance since the producers have an in with Dean. Also, “Somebody that I Used to Know” got some amazing a capella treatment by Pentatronix. There’s also a chance for Kendrick to rap and perhaps sing Iggy Azaelea’s “Fancy” or dare we say it, Kreayshawn’s viral video hit “Gucci, Gucci.”
The Barden Bellas
Now that Becca (Kendrick) has revealed her magical DJ powers and ability to write mash-ups, it stands to reason the ladies will be singing one or two of them, adhering to songs by female artists. “Let It Go” is inescapable. Here’s an awesome mashup by DJ Axcess that mixes it with Madonna’s “Frozen.” To add a little more pep to the somber hit why not add Britney Spears’ “Hot as Ice”? Another great mash-up (see below) features “Drop Dead Beautiful” by Spears and written by Dean. It also speeds up Kerry Hilson’s “Pretty Girl Rock.” However, they should replace the Chris Brown sample for obvous reasons with TLC’s “Unpretty.”
In the first film, Astin, Adam DeVine, and Ben Platt sang amazing pop songs as part of the all-male group on campus. The sequel should do a gender-swap of Carly Rae Jepsen’s “Call Me Maybe.” There were a ton of viral videos of men singing the song. An all chorally-arranged version of The Pixies classic “Where Is My Mind” would be an awesome moment in the movie. Plus, it’s been a great time for guys in music with “Radioactive” by Imagine Dragons or anything by Sam Smith who killed it at Coachella. Or what about this Bastille slowjam cover of “No Scrubs” by TLC.
What songs do you want to see in the sequel?
Never forget that moment in the Christmas episode of The Mindy Project when Chris Messina turned a nation of boys and girls into women and men. Of course, we're referring to Danny's gift to Mindy: a perfectly executed performance of the original choreography of Aaliyah's "Try Again." Those moves. That smile. Best Secret Santa ever.
It simply can't end here. Dear Mindy: We need to see Castellano shake it again. We've even done some of the legwork for you. Here are five more late '90s/early aughts R&B tunes to consider for Danny's encore.
Blackstreet — "No Diggity"
Easily one of the best songs from that era. You cannot keep people off a dance floor when they hear a heavy piano riff and "Shorty get doooown, good lord..." And we have a sneaking suspicion that Chris Messina could even make these oversized white overalls look good.
Montell Jordan — "This Is How We Do It"
This suggestion has nothing to do with the fact that the choreography includes a lot of pelvic thrusting. Nothing at all.
TLC — "No Scrubs"
In which Danny, through interpretive dance, tells Mindy to drop all her other dudes and start dating him.
Notorious B.I.G. — "Hypnotize"
Danny, Danny, Danny, can't you see? Sometimes your hips just hypnotize me...
Next — "Too Close"
As if anyone could handle this.
Getty/ChinaFotoPressDespite being nominated in the same category as Miley Cyrus' "We Can't Stop," One Direction's "Best Song Ever" and Lady Gaga's "Applause," it was South Korean pop sensation Girls Generation who walked away with the Video of the Year gong on Sunday's inaugural YouTube Awards. The near-silence which greeted their victory proved that their hyperactive candy-coated synth-pop sound hasn't yet crossed over to Western audiences in the same way as PSY. But for those who were intrigued by the neon-lit sugar rush of their winning track, "I Got A Boy," here's a brief guide.They are the product of South Korea's rigorous pop factoryThe group were formed by SM Entertainment's training system in 2007 as a female alternative to the successful boyband Super Junior.Two members hail from the USAThe nine-piece outfit feature two members who were born in San Francisco – Jessica Jung, who moved to Korea aged eleven, and Stephanie 'Tiffany' Hwang, who did the same aged fifteen.They are pop royalty in KoreaAfter peaking at No. 2 with their 2007 self-titled debut, the girls went onto reach number one in their homeland with their subsequent three albums and have also scored ten chart-topping singles.Japan have also succumbed to their charmsThe group decided to expand their reach in 2010 by targeting the Japanese market and went onto achieve the highest ever first-week debut album sales for a foreign act.They have performed on David LettermanProduced by former Blackstreet frontman Teddy Riley, 2011 single "The Boys" was chosen to launch their bid for US success and although it failed to chart, the group did manage to secure an appearance on the Late Show With David Letterman.They're not afraid of endorsementsPutting the Spice Girls list of endorsements to shame, the group have put their name to hundreds of products over the years ranging from throat lozenges to gasoline to chicken.There's a Girls Generation spin-offNot content with conquering South Korea as part of Girls Generation, Taeyeon, Tiffany and Seohyun then formed spin-off Girls Generation-TTS in 2012 and went onto top the Billboard World Albums chart with their debut EP, Twinkle
R&B hitmaker Teddy Riley is suing pop superstar Lady Gaga over allegations he has not been paid for his contributions to her song Teeth. The Blackstreet star claims he was promised 25 per cent of the writing fees, but got nothing back for the 2009 track, which featured on her widely acclaimed album, The Fame Monster.
Riley is demanding $500,000 (£333,330) in compensation plus punitive damages, according to TMZ.com.
Blackstreet star Chauncey Black has filed a lawsuit against his former bandmate Teddy Riley over the rights to the group's name. The 44 year old alleges Riley has been performing under the band's name without his permission.
Black, who recently purchased the name, insists Riley no longer has any performing rights to the moniker, and the No Diggity hitmaker is seeking damages for trademark infringement.
A representative for Riley tells TMZ.com, "At this time we have no comment on any of the ridiculous and frivolous claims apparently being made by Chauncey Andre Hannibal aka 'Black.'"
S1E8: Last Thursday on The X Factor, the 32 remaining acts went to the judges' homes where they were further mentored and judged by this fierce foursome. That is, unless they get cut, because by the end of this round, the acts were cut to just 16 before going live. Tonight we picked up where we left off as the contestants sang their swan songs in hopes that the judges would deem them talented enough to continue on to the next round. As before, each judge was accompanied by a special guest to help decide who should stay and who should go home. Nicole Scherzinger was assisted by Enrique Iglesias; Paula Abdul had Pharrell Williams by her side; L.A.Reid was helped by R&B Queen Rihanna; and Simon Cowell had...himself (Mariah Carey couldn't make it to France because of Hurricane Irene).
And no wonder the judges wanted a little help, because these groups sure aren't lacking in the musical talent department. For some contestants, this meant the end of the road, but for others this was just the beginning of what is sure to be an intense competition. Who has what it takes to move on to the live shows? Check out the top performances of the night and see if you think these contestants will have the talent (and the votes) to go all the way. It's survival of the fittest at its best! On Tuesday at 8 p.m. ET/PT on Fox, the judges' decisions will decide their fate
Ever since her first audition I've really been rooting for this girl. She has such an incredible voice and I can truly see her becoming a star, but she just needs to get control over her nerves. For her performance, she sang Donna Summer's hit song, I Will Survive and she completely blew it out of the water. As usual, the video footage beforehand showed her being a complete basket case during rehearsals, but you'd never be able to tell from her strong, steady powerhouse of a voice. She just has the right look and the right sound for this business, but I'm just afraid that her lack of confidence will end up hurting her odds at going all the way in this competition.
The Stereo Hogzz
Throughout the night's performances I wasn't that impressed with many of the groups, but these guys really stood out in their performance of I Heard It Through The Grapevine by Marvin Gaye. Their voices just blend together so well and they had a unique sound that I could easily imagine being blasted on the radio. The group has a whole also included a clean, crisp dance routine to go along with their performance, which I thought added a lot to the overall package. This group deserves their shot at fame and the $5 million prize.
No matter what song this guy sings, his whispery voice never fails to leave me with goosebumps. Every single time he sings, it's just such a moving experience and you can tell that the judges feel that way as well. His selected song was First Time Ever I Saw Your Face, which has been sung by the likes of Johnny Cash, Leona Lewis, and Celine Dion. He did a fantastic job. He's confident, he's talented and he's just so likable. I personally like that he doesn't look like your typical star -- he's his own unique person which only adds to his unique (and talented) package. He's also just got a genuine personality that just makes you instantly like him, so much so that you don't care about any other preconceived notions about Hollywood's standards. Talent comes in all different forms and he is the real deal!
Now the youngest girl in the competition at 13 years old, Rachel Crow is showing up other competitors who are more than two (or three) times her age. She is just so adorable and is doing such an amazing job of handling all the pressure that comes with being on this show. That's a really important quality to have and for her to possess it at such a young age is amazing and reflective of how her talent will continue to grow as she gets older. Her chosen song was I Want It That Way by The Backstreet Boys, which only further proved that she belongs in the final 16. She takes risks whenever she performs and really made the song her own without copying the original beat and melody. Her voice and talent is not something that should be wasted.
Simon was the only one of the judges who had absolute faith in her singing abilities. Today she proved that he made the right decision in fighting for her to remain in the competition after singing No Diggity by Blackstreet. She has such a strong range in her voice, which allows her to wow fans with her absolutely stunning vocals. Simon even admitted that there's just something about her that makes him positive that she belongs on this show and we all know that Simon has a knack for getting his way. I have a good feeling that we haven't seen the last of her quite yet.
Don't forget to watch the next episode of The X Factor on Tuesday at 8 p.m. ET/PT on FOX and discover who the final 16 contestants will be. Find out their fate!