Although Lady Gaga wasn’t at Sundance, the singer helped launch The Hunting Ground, a documentary about college campus sexual assaults, by announcing on Twitter that her song “Till It Happens to You” soundtracks the film’s end credits. Written with Diane Warren, who left the Park City festival early due to a bout of laryngitis, the track comes just weeks after Gaga herself revealed she had been raped when she was 19. Warren says Gaga “brought some really cool stuff to the [song] — she sounds amazing on it.” Gaga’s “Swine” also is featured in the film, which opens March 20.
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At a WWE-sponsored dinner, actor Ken Jeong told Billboard he will make his songwriting debut in Killing Hasselhoff, a film produced by the network that is slated for a festival run later this year. Jeong wrote the song “Crushing It” with Mike O’Connell.
C.C. Adcock, who headlined the Louisiana Midnight Masquerade, is working on music for the Amazon pilot Cocked.
Diaz (left) and McGinty performed at the Sundance ASCAP Music Cafe.
Pianist-composer Joe McGinty has co-written two Rat Pack-style songs for the Christopher Walken film When I Live My Life Over Again. McGinty performed with his nouveau-cabaret act The Duchess & The Fox (featuring singer Andrea Diaz), whose debut EP is expected in early spring.
Digital music distributor The Orchard continues to develop its indie film business, acquiring The Overnight for distribution later this year.
This story first appeared in the Feb. 7 issue of Billboard.