Soundtrack Scene: Southpaw, Ted 2, and (More) Pitch Perfect 2

Looks like I have to add more hitmakers to my list of (seemingly) Oscar-eligible songs. My “guesses” will become legitimate predictions once I find at least five songs I feel have potential to make the cut. (For what it’s worth, I am shaky on “As Real As You and Me” from Home.)

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A photo of Jake Gyllenhaal in Southpaw (via Deadline Hollywood).

Eminem, who won the original song Oscar for 8 Mile (2002) tune “Lose Yourself,” exec-produced the soundtrack for Antoine Fuqua’s Southpaw. The rapper also performs (and presumably wrote) the original tune “Phenomenal,” which appeared in a trailer for the film. Jake Gyllenhaal, arguably snubbed last year for his work in Nightcrawler, leads the Weinstein Co.-distributed boxing drama, which hits theaters in the States on July 24.

Some videos claiming to be the official audio for “Phenomenal” have hit YouTube, though it seems to be the same clip(s) from the aforementioned trailer being looped. Still, I can’t say I’m impressed with what I’m hearing. Then again, those misogynistic lyrics – directed specifically at Iggy Azalea and Lana Del Rey, no less – hardly tickle my fancy, either.

norahjones_sethmacfarlane_ted-songA photo of Norah Jones and Seth MacFarlane as they work on the Oscar-nominated “Everybody Needs a Best Friend” from Ted (via SundanceTV)

Seth MacFarlane took Oscar watchers by surprise when he and Walter Murphy landed an original song bid for “Everybody Needs a Best Friend,” performed by Norah Jones, from Ted (2012). We can take the following tweet from MacFarlane as proof that Jones will return to perform an original song for Ted 2, right? (The tweet doesn’t specify that it’s an original composition, but are we really doubting it?)

esterdean_crazyyoungsters_pitchperfect2Ester Dean as she appears in the music video for “Crazy Youngsters” from Pitch Perfect 2

Last but not least, Pitch Perfect 2 boasts an original number in “Crazy Youngsters.” Ester Dean, who plays Barden Bella Cynthia-Rose, performs the upbeat pop track, which kicks off the end credits of the blockbuster sequel. There’s so much hit potential here, I’d hate to see it go to waste. On that note, check out the music video for “Crazy Youngsters” (which, again, could be a massive hit if it gets a proper release) below.

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