411 Fact or Fiction Music 01.11.13: Jay-Z the Composer, Adele Winning an Oscar, More
Posted by Joseph Lee on 01.11.2013
Are we intrigued by the idea of Jay-Z composing The Great Gatsby? Will Adele's "Skyfall" win at the Academy Awards? Is Google Music going to make it through 2013? 411's Jeremy Wilson and Joseph Lee debate these topics and more in this week's Fact or Fiction: Music!
Welcome to another edition of Fact or Fiction: Music. I'm your host, Joseph Lee.
The only big deal here is that technically marijuana is illegal, and if he's smoking it there should be some sort of punishment. Whether or not marijuana should be legal is best left for another conversation. As for me, he could be shooting up heroin and I wouldn't care. It's his body and his dumb decisions, let him do whatever. I can't even see the argument from the parents who think he should be a role model just because he's famous. Yeah, his fans are impressionable, but it's the parents job to raise them not to do drugs, not Justin f'n Bieber.
Jeremy Wilson: FACT.
I really don't care what Justin Bieber does, but if the little guy wants to smoke a doobie in his spare time, it's his business. It's not the worst thing in the world by a long shot. The only thing I would say is that he should keep it quiet; after all, he (and his music) is geared straight at the teeny bopper crowd. It's bad enough scantily-clad, overly sexualized run amok on the pre-teen crowd, we don't need Bieber to be high on top of it all. I also hope his marijuana use isn't a sympton of a bigger problem. We've seen far too many young and famous stars get caught up in "the lifestyle" and it rarely ends well.
I just don't like Skrillex. I don't like EDM, I don't like techno and I don't like dubstep. It's just not my thing. Maybe it's because I'm not a big club-goer/dancer, I don't know. But I'm not into music that sounds like my CD started to skip. At least Skrillex is able to laugh at himself sometimes, like that Back to the Future parody on Funny or Die. Now that was entertaining.
Jeremy Wilson: FICTION.
To be honest, this isn't really my thing. It's alright, but my knowledge of Skrillex is limited, so I can't really speak to how it compares with whatever else he's done.
Not only do I think it's going to win, I think Adele was selected just for that purpose. A Bond song has never won an Academy Award. With the show ready to pay tribute to the entire franchise, a win for Best Original Song seems like a given. Adele's 21 was the highest selling album two years in a row and she's won several Grammys. If I had any advice to give her it would be to start clearing off a spot for an Oscar.
Jeremy Wilson: FACT.
It's definitely a contender and the fact that Skyfall is one of the most celebrated (and financially successful) Bond films of all time doesn't hurt. "Skyfall" is a great Bond anthem, seemingly perfectly attuned to the franchise's history and its more modern sensibilities in the Daniel Craig era – as well as the film itself. Adele is a more than capable successor to Shirley Bassey as the "prototypical" Bond theme crooner. It's a smooth, sultry number and in a year without a number from a animated film, "Skyfall" could – and should – definitely walk away with the series' first Oscar for Best Song.
I've never used Google Music, so I don't really know what is right or wrong with the service. I will say that knowing Google's recent checkered history with product launches and shutting services down that don't work, it's entirely possible they might pull the plug. But Google knows they need to at least be in the game and not totally allow rival Apple – and to a lesser extent Amazon and Microsoft – to dominate the online sale of music for the next generation. They've given up on a slew of disappointing products, but they've also held on for deal life to other such as Google+. I think they'll hold on to Google Music...because frankly they have to.
Joseph Lee: FICTION.
Even with all of the complaints related to Google Music, I'll never count out the stubbornness of a billion-dollar company to force something to succeed (am I right, WWE fans?). There are a plethora of music services out there and a lot of them are still alive and kicking, so it's hard to see Google Music giving up and going away when there's even more gold in them thar hills to be found.
For awhile, it wasn't looking good that we'd ever see an Outkast reunion ever again. However, the rise and power of Frank Ocean is apparently stronger than we thought. It's been six years since the pair were in the studio together and even something like this – Big Boi adding a new verse to the Ocean song "Pink Matter" which Andre 3000 appears on – is at least a possible start to something more. Ultimately though, any future Outkast reunion will likely be up to Andre 3000, who can't seem to make up his mind on a new Outkast album. Perhaps this will be enough to convince him it's time.
Joseph Lee: FACT.
Sure, it's not a proper Outkast reunion, but it's better than nothng, right? Like Jeremy said, maybe this could be the start to something bigger. Maybe it's going to turn out to be a one shot deal. But it's something. Frank Ocean is one of the hottest acts out there right now, so if anything were to revitalize interest in an act that hasn't been around in years, this could be it.
We already had an inkling this could happen; Jay-Z and Kanye West's "No Church in the Wild" was used in the first trailer for Baz Luhrmann's upcoming film. Also knowing Luhrmann, it's no great surprise he'd bring Jay-Z in on it. He has a penchant for making big, bold musical choices in his films, bringing in modern songs for more classical material (Romeo + Juliet, Moulin Rouge!). There's little doubt that The Great Gatsby is going to be big, bold and super-stylized. Jay-Z helping to score the film will undoubtedly mesh with what Luhrmann wants to do with his intrepretation of Fitzgerald's material. Plus, the director undoubtedly also loves the fact that Jay-Z is a little like Gatsby himself. The movie might be a disaster, but I'm definitely intrigued.
Joseph Lee: FACt.
I have no plans on actually seeing The Great Gatsby, and I'm not even sure how a score created by Jay-Z would turn out, but the idea of "Jay-Z: Composer" is just so odd to me that I have to see the end result. This is saying nothing negative about Jay-Z, I just never thought of him as someone who would make the jump into composing period films.
Score Card: 6 for 6
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