The new and widely popular movie depicting Elvis’s rise to fame and fall has been captivating audiences around the globe since it’s release on June 24th. The film, “Elvis,” sheds light on how the former superstar gained his immense popularity and title of the “King of Rock & Role.” Perhaps the reason Elvis was so loved back in his prime career and now again on the big screen is the thing that started it all – his music.
Elvis Presley was a man of charisma, passion and raw talent when it came to his music. “Elvis” was sure to highlight all of these assets through the lead role played by Austin Butler. Butler, who gained childhood fame from acting has also proved to be an excellent vocalist.
The actor and singer re-recorded multiple of Elvis’s original songs such as “Trouble,” and “Hound Dog,” keeping their authenticity by mimicking the star himself. On the other hand, pop-stars such as Doja Cat used their unique style for new music featured in the film. Doja Cat was an unexpected addition to the soundtrack but brought an undeniably catchy and fitting song, “Vegas,” to the table. Keeping audio from the original “Hound Dog,” by Big Mama Thornton, Doja Cat added her own rap lyrics and spunk.
Other featured artists on the sound track include Yola, Les Greene, Denzel Curry, Stevie Nicks and many more. The marketing team for “Elvis,” created an enthusiastic fan base back in May when they announced the musical line-up with no hint to any songs. Later on, some of our most popular artists such as Eminem and Doja Cat released their singles in light of the movie.
Eminem took a similar route to Doja Cat in his featured song, “The King and I,” ft CeeLo Green. The artist used creativity in this production, meshing modern rap with old school music. The fast-pace lyrics over a 1950s beat allowed the rapper to maintain his style and show off his skills while holding some accuracy to the time period in which “Elvis,” took place.
Of course, Elvis is featured in his own movie. His emotional and final performance of “Unchained Melody,” was fitting for the last scene of the film. The powerful singer displayed strong and heartfelt vocals in this tear-jerking performance. Even in ill health, the rockstar gave it his all. Watch the full performance here.
“Unchained Melody” is just one honorable mention in the series of songs used in “Elvis.” Listen to “Vegas,” “The King and I,” and more originals on Elvis: The Enhanced Album . If you enjoy the music, watch the movie in theaters now!
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