Soundtrack Scene: Jem and the Holograms

2015 has been a massive year for Universal Pictures. Not only are their films killing it at the box office; they also boast an Oscar hopeful in Straight Outta Compton and possible awards plays with By the Sea, Crimson Peak, Venice Film Festival opener Everest, Legend, New York Film Festival centerpiece Steve Jobs, and The Visit.

Universal also has Jem and the Holograms, the live-action adaptation of the animated television series from the 1980s, hitting on Oct. 23. The film, like the show, focuses on a music group, so it’s only fitting that we get some new music, yes?

This original song, titled “Youngblood,” seems to be a fun-enough fist-in-the-air pop ditty, if the above preview is any indication. We hear a snippet of actress Aubrey Peeples’ acoustic take in Jem’s first trailer; paired with the eventual band performance, maybe “Youngblood” plays an important role in the film beyond its being “one of Jem’s songs”?

If the studio really wants “Youngblood” to get an original-song nod, I guess it’s possible. But Universal’s safest bet for the category, of course, is Wiz Khalifa and Charlie Puth’s “See You Again” from Furious 7… followed by “Earned It (Fifty Shades of Grey)” and “Love Me Like You Do” from Fifty Shades of Grey, I imagine. But like those three tunes, “Youngblood” may have a nice run on the pop charts with a proper release, if nothing else.


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