Elvis (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
Elvis soundtrack album cover.jpg
Soundtrack album by
Various artists
ReleasedJune 24, 2022
Recorded2021–2022
Genre
LabelRCA
Producer
Singles from Elvis (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
  1. "Vegas"
    Released: May 6, 2022
  2. "Tupelo Shuffle"
    Released: June 3, 2022
  3. "Trouble"
    Released: June 10, 2022
  4. "The King and I"
    Released: June 16, 2022
  5. "If I Can Dream"
    Released: June 16, 2022
  6. "Can't Help Falling In Love"
    Released: June 22, 2022

Elvis (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) is the soundtrack album to the biographical film Elvis, based on the life of American singer-actor Elvis Presley. The soundtrack was released by RCA Records on June 24, 2022, the same day as the film's theatrical release.[1] The album is produced by Baz Luhrmann and Anton Monstead who also worked on the soundtrack of The Great Gatsby. It comprises 36 tracks, while featuring actual recordings of Presley's songs, it also features few tracks performed by Austin Butler (who portrays Presley in the film), and several popular artists, namely Doja Cat, Eminem, Diplo, Stevie Nicks, Jack White, Swae Lee amongst others. The album also features variations on Presley material by big name artists in a variety of genres and styles. It consists a mix of genres, including pop, rock and roll, jazz, R&B and hip hop. The album spawned five singles: "Vegas", "Trouble", "The King and I", "If I Can Dream", "Tupelo Shuffle".[2][3]

Production

The film's soundtrack was expected to consist of Presley's recordings, however Luhrmann planned to include modern artists and their renditions with hip hop beats, infusing of jazz and rock music from the 20th century. Luhrmann stated that it was a way of illustrating the radical impact of Presley's sound on current generation of audiences, a technique he did in the soundtrack to The Great Gatsby, in which executive producer Jay-Z had infused hip hop beats with jazz music, while in the novel on which the film is based, Fitzgerald wrote African-American street music and jazz numbers.[4]

"A lot of people don't understand the punk Elvis, the vibrant youth rebel he was in the '50s. People hadn't seen something like this on stage, especially on television. It started to tear off the chains of society at that time. We wanted to have the audience feel that."

Butler, on syncing modern sounds for the Elvis soundtrack[4]

The incidental underscore is composed by Elliot Wheeler. Before scoring the film, Wheeler had to listen over several recordings and musicals of Presley, to interpret the feel of the music, which Wheeler had stated "You get to treat the script as music, and music as the script. All the musical choices were made to emphasise where Baz wanted the scene to get emotionally."[5] Both Wheeler and Luhrmann had accessed to the full catalogue of Elvis' recordings where they were able to separate the vocals from the backing instruments, and enables them to resurface the songs and turn them into a soundtrack for a different century. Wheeler expressed that "What we've tried to do with this film is give [modern audiences] a take on what it must have felt like to see Elvis in his prime. There's a nostalgia people associate with those recordings. But we're trying to show a 21st-century audience how Elvis changed Western culture."[5]

Songs

The film features several recordings of Elvis Presley, performed by the ensemble cast members, as revealed in the June 18, 2022 magazine guide published by Variety.[1] Prior to the release, Luhrmann also stated that the film had unfiltered versions of Presley's songs, performed by Butler and hybrid versions of songs that blend Butler's voice with Presley's recordings. However, those songs will not be included in the album.[1] Stevie Nicks and Chris Isaak recorded the track "Cotton Candy Land", a runaway hit song featured in the film It Happened at the World’s Fair (1963) and was not released as a single.[6] "A Fool Such as I" is rendered by Isaak, who plays Hank Snow, and whose rendition which topped fourth at the country chart in 1953.[1] "Black Snake Moan" and "That's All Right" were performed by Gary Clark Jr. "How Do You Think I Feel" was rendered by Kodi Smit-McPhee, who plays Jimmie Rodgers. "Hound Dog" was recorded by Shonka Dukureh (as Big Mama Thornton) in the film, and "Tiger Man" was performed by Rufus Thomas. Yola who played Sister Rosetta Tharpe, records two songs "Working on the Building" and "Strange Things Happening Every Day".[1]

Promotion and release

Prior to the soundtrack release, the album topped the new music releases of the week (June 24–30), according to a report by Cleveland Magazine.[7] The soundtrack was published by RCA Records on June 24, 2022, coinciding with the film's theatrical release.[8] Variety magazine released a special music insight about the album and Presley's songs in the film, as was NME through their special issue dedicated to the film.[9][1]

Singles

On April 25, 2022, it was announced that Doja Cat would contribute an original song for the film "Vegas", that incorporates elements from Presley's own songs, such as his cover of Big Mama Thornton's "Hound Dog".[10] It was released as a single on May 6, 2022. The music video of the track was released on June 3, featuring Cat along with a cameo by Shonka Dukureh, who plays Thornton in the film and his cover was incorporated in the song.[11]

On May 23, 2022, rapper Eminem announced on his Instagram that he and CeeLo Green will collaborate on a new track titled "The King and I" which will be produced by Dr. Dre and will appear on the film's soundtrack.[12] The single, prior to its release on June 16, 2022, was unveiled as a first listen in the 2022 Cannes Film Festival.[13] The track sampled Presley's "Jailhouse Rock".[14] The lyrics describe on the rise and fall of Presley, from catapulting to stardom to his arrest".[15][14] Through the lyrics, Eminem said that "he had a parallel connection with Presley as the latter used to rock the 'jailhouse' and he used to rock the 'shelter'", while also referencing about their "accusations" on stealing Black music.[16][17]

The single "Tupelo Shuffle" performed by Swae Lee and Diplo was released on June 3, 2022.[18] Lee and Diplo further performed the track at the 2022 MTV Movie & TV Awards on June 5.[19] Butler's rendition of "Trouble" was released as the single on June 10.[20] Italian band Måneskin and Kacey Musgraves[21] are also part of the soundtrack with their respective cover versions of "If I Can Dream" and "Can't Help Falling in Love".[22][23] The tracks were released as singles on June 16 and 22, respectively.[24][25] Måneskin explained on their work on the song, and collaboration with Luhrmann saying "We were talking about it with Baz Luhrmann, who had this really cool, super-smart idea, because it would have been so easy to give us an up-tempo song and go super rock-ish. He saw that between the lines that we were going to be able to give something else to show the sweet side of Elvis."[26] The band further stated about the track as "it is about uniting, it's about peace, freedom and happiness".[26]

Reception

Kyle Buchanan, writer at The New York Times tweeted after the film's Cannes première, saying "the soundtrack features a song which interpolates Presley with both the Backstreet Boys' 'Everybody (Backstreet's Back)' and Britney Spears' 'Toxic', and you'd be hard pressed to find anything more Luhrmann that that".[27][28] Stephanie Anderson, writing for The Latch called it as "another iconic Luhrmann soundtrack". The album, released on June 24, 2022, entered the Billboard Soundtrack Albums chart at number one on its July 9, 2022 issue, as well as charting at number 26 on the Billboard 200.

Track listing

On June 10, 2022, the track listing for the film's soundtrack, consisting of thirty-six tracks, surfaced online via Apple Music.[29]

No.TitleArtist(s)Length
1."Suspicious Minds" (Vocal Intro)Elvis Presley0:28
2."Also sprach Zarathustra / An American Trilogy"Presley2:09
3."Vegas"Doja Cat3:03
4."The King and I"3:16
5."Tupelo Shuffle"2:47
6."I Got a Feelin' in My Body"3:34
7."Craw-Fever"Presley3:46
8."Don't Fly Away" (Pnau Remix)
  • Presley
  • Pnau
4:06
9."Can't Help Falling in Love"Kacey Musgraves2:48
10."Product of the Ghetto"Nardo Wick3:17
11."If I Can Dream"Måneskin3:16
12."Cotton Candy Land"2:42
13."Baby Let's Play House"Austin Butler2:13
14."I'm Comin' Home" (Film Mix)Presley2:23
15."Hound Dog"Shonka Dukureh3:28
16."Tutti Frutti"Les Greene2:23
17."Strange Things Happening Every Day"Yola4:05
18."Hound Dog"Butler2:07
19."Let It All Hang Out"Denzel Curry2:13
20."Trouble"Butler2:20
21."I Got a Feelin' in My Body"Lenesha Randolph4:32
22."Edge of Reality" (Tame Impala Remix)
  • Presley
  • Impala
2:42
23."Summer Kisses / In My Body"Presley3:17
24."'68 Comeback Special" (Medley)Presley2:43
25."Sometimes I Feel Like a Motherless Child"Jazmine Sullivan2:45
26."If I Can Dream" (Stereo Mix)Presley3:11
27."Any Day Now"Presley3:01
28."Power of My Love"
4:16
29."Vegas Rehearsal / That's All Right"
  • Butler
  • Presley
3:58
30."Suspicious Minds"Presley6:17
31."Polk Salad Annie" (Film Mix)Presley4:55
32."Burning Love" (Film Mix)Presley3:03
33."It's Only Love"Presley2:38
34."Suspicious Minds"Paravi3:46
35."In the Ghetto" (World Turns Remix)
  • Elvis Presley
  • Nardo Wick
3:37
36."Unchained Melody"Presley3:23

Charts

Chart performance for Elvis (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
Chart (2022)Peak
position
Australian Albums (ARIA)[30]22
Canadian Albums (Billboard)[31]44
Lithuanian Albums (AGATA)[32]64
Swiss Albums (Schweizer Hitparade)[33]19
UK Digital Albums (OCC)[34]8
UK Soundtrack Albums (OCC)[35]3
US Billboard 200[36]26
US Soundtrack Albums (Billboard)[37]1
US Top Rock Albums (Billboard)[38]4

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