Who Will Win Oscar For Best Original Song?
I’ll be glued to the Academy Awards this Sunday night for many reasons, and I’ll also be anxiously waiting to hear the winner of Best Original Song. That bad boy is given to the songwriters who composed the piece specifically for a film. Kind of a bummer for the performer cause they get zippo unless they kicked in on the writing of the lyrics or music.
This winning song enhances the movie greatly but isn’t always a commercial success in its own right. Here are a few exceptions that were chart toppers. In 1993 The Boss wrote and composed the “Streets of Philadelphia” for the film “Philadelphia”. That little ditty was not only an Academy Award winner but went on to be a gold single. Then in 1994 “Can You Feel The Love Tonight” from “The Lion King”, Music by Elton John and Lyrics by Tim Rice took the Oscar, topped the Billboard Hot 100 chart at #4 and also went gold. In 1996 “You Must Love Me” from “Evita” was the big winner. It was #18 on the Billboard Hot 100 and you guessed it – certified gold. Sorry Madonna – “No Oscar for you” (please see the rules regarding performers). Who can forget 1997 “My Heart Will Go On” from “Titanic”? That hit #1 on the Billboard 100 and sold over 500,000 copies. Again, Celine if you want the little gold guy you must write a note or a word. Eminem, Jeff Bass and Luis Resto got it right in 2002 with their infectious tune: “Loose Yourself” from the film “8 Mile”. That lived at the # 1 spot on Billboard and went five (count them 5) times Platinum.
Will this year be another winner for a commercial success? Well if Adele’s luck keeps rolling in the deep, she and her co-writer Paul Epworth could be taking home a little something for their mantel for “Skyfall” from the film “Skyfall”.
This rest of this year’s nominees for Best Original Song are ”Before My Time” from Chasing Ice, “Everybody Needs A Best Friend” from Ted, “Pi’s Lullaby” from Life of Pi, and “Suddenly” from Les Misérables.
You should be glued to In The Mix with HK ™ this weekend when I’ll be tearing up the hot gold, silver and platinum chart toppers just for you. Get ready for my exclusive remixes on Macklemore & Ryan Lewis –”Thriftshop” (I love this track), Maroon 5 – “Daylight” and Kelly Clarkson – “Catch My Breath”. There will be no standing still when you hear my take on Calvin Harris f/Florence Welch – “Sweet Nothing”, Alica Keys f/ Nicki Minaj – “Girl On Fire”, Pitbull f/ Christina Aguilera – “Feel this Moment, and Ke$ha – “C’mon”. You won’t believe your ears when you hear what I’ve done to Mumford & Sons – “I Will Wait” and The Script – “Hall of Fame”.
There’s plenty more surprises so tune in to Hot 104.7 this Friday night at 11pm, turn up the volume and rip the knob off. It’s gonna be an all out beat to beat music slam down you don’t wana miss!