Count Will Smith as one of Adele’s millions of admirers. “Love that record,” he told Billboard of her record-breaking 25. But don’t expect him to go down the same album path as the British chanteuse as he readies new music and preps for this summer’s reunion tour with Jazzy Jeff.
There was a time when best original song contenders easily took up residence on top 40 radio: 1977's "You Light Up My Life" (from the film of the same name) was one of five Academy honorees from the decade to top the Billboard Hot 100, and seven more Oscar recipients reached No. 1 in the '80s. But Eminem's "Lose Yourself," from 2002's 8 Mile, was the last Oscar winner to top the charts. And the 2014 champ, John Legend and Common's "Glory" from Selma, halted at No. 49, further evidence of an amicable separation in recent years between radio play and the Oscars.
When director John Scheinfeld, best known for his work on such acclaimed documentaries as The U.S. vs. John Lennon and Who Is Harry Nilsson, was first approached by producer Spencer Proffer to helm a film about uplifting country music hit, “I Hope You Dance,” he had a confession to make: he didn’t know the Grammy-winning song.
Chris Isaak's new album, First Comes the Night, is his first set of original material in six years, but fans of the crooner needn't worry that the "Wicked Game" singer has made any drastic alterations in the interregnum: His flawed characters are still doing bad, bad things in the sexiest and slinkiest of tales, all wrapped in Isaak's guitar-wrapped melodies.