Since the release of TINKER BELL back in 2008, music has played an important, and increasingly prominent role in the Tinker Bell/Disney Fairies series of films. While none can be considered a true "musical," like the JAMES BOND series, each of the seven films has featured at least one prominent theme song, with artists such as Natasha Bedingfield, Selena Gomez, Demi Lovato and Zendaya stepping up to contribute. For the latest film, TINKER BELL AND THE LEGEND OF THE NEVERBEAST, KT Tunstall contributes not only the film's opening theme ("Float"), but also  two other songs - "Strange Sight," and "1000 Years." For the latter, Tunstall pairs with Bleu, whose stamp is all over NEVERBEAST in the unique position of "featured instrumentalist" throughout Joel McNeely's well-thought cinematic score. For my final piece of in-depth coverage on the latest effort from DisneyToon Studios, I joined a group of writers for a musical workshop with Bleu and Music Supervisor Brett Swain inside a screening room at DisneyToon Studios in Glendale, California.

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I have an extreme love for HOT TUB TIME MACHINE, so when word arrived that HOT TUB TIME MACHINE 2 was a real deal - I was sold. Originally scheduled for release this past Christmas, the movie is now being released on February 20, 2015 via Paramount Pictures, and the first single from the soundtrack is almost hard to believe. If you've seen the R-Rated "red band" trailer, then you've already heard the catchy little jingle that Craig Robinson and Rob Corddry throw down for Clark Duke... a little something about being "a f***ing nerd." Well, OK GO - known for doing family-friendly tunes with THE MUPPETS have made that song into a ridiculously catchy jam that will be hard to play for anyone but grownups. Hear the single below, but keep the kids away...

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A lot of people here in the U.S. don't realize it, but the NOW THAT'S WHAT I CALL MUSIC! series of compilations began overseas in the early 1980s and didn't surface here until 1998 with Volume 1 of the U.S. editions. It's actually one of my "I feel old" moments, but I was actually peddling music for much of the time between '98-2004, and personally set displays for many NOW! titles up to Volume 16. Tonight comes news that NOW THAT'S WHAT I CALL MUSIC! Volume 53 is on the way, alongside a new title, NOW THAT'S WHAT I CALL MOVIES! Both will be available as physical CDs and digital downloads on February 3, 2015 as part of a joint venture between Universal and Sony.  Check out the tracklistings for both albums, right here on THE ROCK FATHER...

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riotruckOn July 15th, my friends at Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment will release RIO 2 on 3D Blu-ray, Blu-ray, and DVD (it's out now on iTunes). The film is sort of a "road trip" story in which Blu (voiced by Jesse Eisenberg) and his family take flight after his wife Jewel (voice of Anne Hathaway) decides that their children should explore the world. In the spirit of the film, there's a RIO 2 Summer Party Tour hitting select cities over the next two weeks (dates here), and the 2014 #RockFatherTour is hitting the road once more, too! But this time, we're actually on the road (as opposed to the air). While we get started on that end, Fox and I are giving all of you a chance to WIN the RIO 2 Blu-ray Combo Pack, and since THE ROCK FATHER has a foundation built on music... we're going to take a quick look at some of the "Musical Messages" of RIO 2...

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Netflix Stream TeamVarèse Sarabande Records will release HOUSE OF CARDS: SEASON 2 – Original Motion Picture Soundtrack as a 2 disc set digitally and on CD June 17th. The soundtrack features original score composed by Jeff Beal (MONK, BLACKFISH).
Award-winning composer Jeff Beal scores HOUSE OF CARDS, the Emmy® and Golden Globe®-winning original series, starring Kevin Spacey and Robin Wright. The show debuted in February of 2013 as Netflix’s first original series, unprecedentedly releasing all 13 episodes of Season One at the same time, generating worldwide attention for the bold new approach to the television model.  The second season debuted in February of this year, and it was picked up for a third season

On April 19th, the annual Record Store Day will take place - a celebration of the independent music retailers that keep the torch burning for music lovers worldwide. This year, the lineup is large (as it has been in recent years), and one big highlight comes courtesy of Aleph Records, who have announced the label’s first ever vinyl release, BULLITT – soundtrack to the 1968 Steve McQueen film, composed by the legendary Lalo Schifrin (MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE, THE AMITYVILLE HORROR, RUSH HOUR). The individually numbered vinyl release will be limited to just 1,000 pieces.

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