Soundtrack Scene: 12 Years a Slave, One Chance

Photo: The Hollywood Reporter

Is 12 Years a Slave entering the Original Song race?

The Oscar conversation’s centered on Steve McQueen’s 12 Years a Slave since it debuted at the Telluride Film Festival in August. In the U.S., it debuted on 19 screens with an estimated $960,000. But even with the hype surrounding the slavery drama, we just got some details about the film’s soundtrack.

The Hollywood Reporter reveals that Alicia Keys contributed an original tune, “Queen of the Field (Patsey’s Song),” to the soundtrack. She also co-wrote and performed “Better You, Better Me” for The Inevitable Defeat of Mister and Pete, as I reported last week. Chris Cornell and Joy Williams duet on “Misery Train,” which seems to be an original song.

John Legend, who put together the soundtrack, contributed a cover of “Roll Jordan Roll.” Alabama Shakes and Gary Clark Jr. covered “Driva Man” and “Freight Train,” respectively. The soundtrack hits digital outlets on Nov. 5. Physical copies hit stores on Nov. 19.

12 Years won’t hit a theater near me for (at least) a few days, so feel free to comment if you have any relevant info.

Photo: ONTD

Taylor Swift gets “Sweeter Than Fiction” for One Chance

The country-pop sensation’s involvement with One Chance is old news, but her contribution to the film, “Sweeter than Fiction,” just debuted on iTunes last night. The New Wave-influenced song, which plays over the end credits of One Chance, is probably a bit too poppy for AMPAS’ music branch, as previous descriptions of the song suggest and its arrival confirms. Still, expect the Hollywood Foreign Press Association to save room for Swift, who co-wrote the song with Jack Antonoff of alt-pop group fun.


New Original Song possibilities

“Sweeter than Fiction” from One Chance
(Not listing the tunes on the 12 Years soundtrack since I heard nothing about these songs until after the film hit theaters.)


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