Last month, when I met with the filmmakers behind Walt Disney Animation Studios' ZOOTOPIA, one thing we spoke about that didn't make my formal feature was the music of SHAKIRA. "For the role of Gazelle, Zootopia’s most beloved superstar, there was only one person on our wish list: Shakira," said Director Byron Howard. "Luckily for us, she said yes. Her immense talent and charm bring Gazelle and her song, ‘Try Everything,’ to life.” Today, SHAKIRA's "Try Everything" is available as a digital single ahead of the March 4th release of both the film, and it's original soundtrack. Check out an introduction by SHAKIRA below!

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If you're like me, there's a solid chance that goosebumps were activated the moment that John Williams' iconic STAR WARS theme began, accompanying a familiar yellow scroll that read EPISODE VII: THE FORCE AWAKENS when J.J. Abrams' entry into the iconic STAR WARS Saga hit theaters last week. With the on-screen action continuing for 2 hours and 16 minutes, Williams' score provided new, yet familiar undertones, leaving listeners like myself eager to revisit it by itself  to experience the nuances. Unlike previous scores, this one was recorded in Culver City - not London, and the first STAR WARS score to not feature the London Symphony Orchestra. Listeners might also notice some new tones in that famous "Main Title," and while the music was written by Williams, the opening and end titles were actually conducted by Gustavo Dudamel - Music Director of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, hand-picked by Williams for the task. With the soundtrack now available for purchase (highly recommended), the folks at Disney Music have put up a full album stream, something you can hear below...

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When it comes to the true horror icons, few are in the same league as Freddy Krueger. Today's entry is actually the second time we've seen Robert Englund's signature character in this year's 31 Days of Halloween (see: PPW Toys' PopTaters), but this time we're focusing on the music of the A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET franchise. This week, Varèse Sarabande released the A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET 8-CD box set, limited to just 2000 units. This deluxe package contains all 8 soundtracks from the original series, over 8 hours of music including almost 3 hours of bonus tracks. New artwork by Shawn Conn was commissioned for the set, and configuring the sleeves together forms a larger piece of art. Not to mess with history, the original artwork by Matthew Joseph Peak is still included in the packaging, with the entire set paying fitting tribute to the late Wes Craven, who died this past August. As a finishing touch, Freddy's trademark knitted sweater encases the entire collection.

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With this week's release of MONSTER HIGH: BOO YORK, BOO YORK on Blu-ray, DVD and Digital HD, the crew over at Mattel has released a new music video featuring YouTube dance star Taylor Hatala and her #CityGhouls friends - rockin' the streets of the Warner Bros. backlot. Check out that video below, alongside a complete playlist of music from this new "Monsterrific Musical!"

In MARVEL's GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY, one of the most important elements wasn't what was being seen on-screen, but what was being heard. Chris Pratt's Star-Lord was constantly rockin' his "Awesome Mix Vol. 1" on cassette tape, and as such, new audiences were exposed to some songs that they might not've been familiar with - particularly, kids. When Disney XD's new GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY animated series makes its debut during a special one-hour premiere on September 26 (back-to-back episodes at 9:30 PM ET), audiences will discover that the musical vibe of James Gunn's cinematic world has been kept intact for its cartoon companion. MARVEL has announced an October 16 release date for "Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Mix Vol. 1 (Music from the Animated Television Series)" and the tracklisting is good.

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Sam Smith must be working for Ernst Stavro Blofeld. There's no other way to explain him being named the voice behind the new JAMES BOND Theme, aside from him truly being an agent of evil. And don't get me wrong - I love evil, but I don't like whiny evil. This is just my way of rationalizing that one of my most disliked musical artists will now sing the opening words of SPECTRE, the latest installment of one of my favorite film series'.  While I'm sure the multiple GRAMMY-winning Mr. Smith is a fine lad, his music is an unexplainable annoyance for me, one I can only hope is made better by some miracle on September 25th when "Writing's On The Wall" is released for download. Perhaps the song will be excellent and all will be well, but for this listener, Smith's global hit, IN THE LONELY HOUR was unlistenable, whiny garbage.

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