Soundtracks In The Great Gatsby

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Another element that came about from the inclusion of popular music in films is the production of soundtracks. In recent years a film’s soundtrack can be just as popular, and in some cases more popular, than the film itself. Soundtracks are beneficial for the music industry in multiple ways. Soundtracks have become more commercialized and are sold as CDs in stores and on iTunes. Along with the financial gain of artists whose songs are featured in films, there is also the benefit of increased exposure and popularity. One case study on the effects of soundtracks in films is the soundtrack from the 2013 version of The Great Gatsby. The soundtrack became very popular after the film was released in part because Jay-Z was one of the executive producers. Jay-Z was especially equipped for the job because of the director,…show more content…
In his article “From Flappers to Rappers: 'The Great Gatsby' Music Supervisor Breaks Down the Film's Soundtrack," Roy Trakin describes hip hops’ connection to the films’ themes by stating that “the aspirations of the movie’s title character [Gatsby], mirrored the hip-hop fascination with money, power, violence and sex.” Trakin’s observation is one that music scholars have also indentified. In American Popular Music Starr and Waterman discuss hip hops’ “obsession with guns and violence; preoccupation with material wealth and status symbols; and longstanding traditions of…sexism.” The connection between Gatsby’s aspirations and hip hops aspirations allows Jay-Z to use his understanding of the hip hop genre to create a track list that supports the film’s themes. Along with deciding which songs would be added to the soundtrack, Jay-Z also contributed music. Two of Jay-Z’s new songs, “100$ Bill” and “No Church in the Wild,” were used in the film and helped to establish a hybrid between the stylized past of the 1920s and the modern beats of
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