The DreamWorks soundtrack to the forthcoming animated feature “Shrek” will feature new material by the Baha Men, Rufus Wainwright, and Smash Mouth, among others. The album is due May 15 in the U.S., with the film scheduled to hit theaters three days later. The set’s first single, the Baha Men’s “Best Years of Our Lives” was shipped to radio yesterday.
The second single will be “Like Wow!,” the debut of Leslie Carter, the 14-year-old sister of Backstreet Boy Nick Carter and solo artist Aaron Carter. “Like Wow!” is the title track of Carter’s forthcoming debut album for DreamWorks, and has already reached No. 15 on Billboard’s Hot 100 Singles Sales chart. The cut goes to radio on May 1.
Other tracks featured on the album include Smash Mouth’s cover of the Monkees’ “I’m A Believer,” singer/songwriter Wainwright’s take on Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah,” a solo cut by Lifehouse frontman Jason Wade (“You Belong to Me”), and the original “Stay Home” by pop experimentalist Self. Comedian Eddie Murphy, who lends his voice to the “Shrek” character Donkey, also contributes a reprise of “I’m A Believer” in character.
“Shrek” is the story of a ogre who tries to save his home from being overrun by fairy-tale creatures and eventually learns how to love after befriending a wise-cracking donkey. The movie features the voices of Mike Myers, Murphy, Cameron Diaz, and John Lithgow.