La La Land Original Motion Picture Soundtrack is the album to the film, La La Land, released to cinemas in 2016.
The Soundtrack was released on the 9th of December 2016 by Interscope Records. The songs and score featured on the album were composed and orchestrated by Justin Hurwitz, the American film composer and a television writer.
The lyrics were written by Americans Benj Pasek and Justin Paul, the musical theatre, film and television songwriting and composing duo. The only track included that wasn’t written by the pair, ” Start a Fire “, was written by John Legend, Hurwitz, Marius de Vries and Angélique Cinélu.
The tracks were performed by the cast, lead actors Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling along with composer Justin Hurwitz.
The album has been certified Gold in the United Kingdom, Italy, Spain and Japan. In Poland and France, La La Land Original Motion Picture Soundtrack has been certified Platinum, with sales of 20,000 and 100,000 copies respectively.
The opening track from La La Land Original Motion Picture Soundtrack, ” Another Day of Sun “, was composed by Justin Hurwitz with lyrics by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul. The ensemble number paints a picture of drivers caught in a Los Angeles traffic jam on a highway ramp. They start singing and dancing about their ambitions to succeed in Hollywood.
The video was filmed on location on a 130-foot-high express ramp of the Judge Harry Pregerson Interchange, which was closed for two days for filming, although the rest of the highway was left open to show traffic in the background.
” Another Day of Sun ” reached number seventeen in France, sixteen in Hungary, seventy-nine in Ireland, ninety-three in Portugal, seventy-five in Scotland, twenty-one in Spain and seventy-five in the United Kingdom.
La La Land Original Motion Picture Soundtrack was a commercial success. In the United States, the album reached a peak of number two on the Billboard 200 and Number One on the Billboard Soundtrack Albums Chart.
In the United Kingdom, it reached the top of the UK Albums Chart, the first soundtrack to reach the top the chart in the United Kingdom since 2013 when Les Miserables achieved the feat. It also topped the Soundtrack Albums Chart in the country.
In Australia, the album peaked at Number One on the Jazz & Blues Albums Chart. It was also Number One in Greece, Italy, Japan, Scotland, South Korea, Spain and Taiwan.
About La La Land
The La La Land film was released to cinemas in 2016 by Summit Entertainment ( owned by Lionsgate ) and starred Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone.
The American romantic musical comedy-drama was written and directed by award-winning Damien Chazelle, who also wrote and directed Whiplash in 2014.
The screenplay for the film was written back in 2010; however, due to problems finding a studio willing to fund the project without changes, it was shelved. Following the success of Whiplash, the screenplay was taken on by Summit Entertainment.
La La Land had a production budget of just $30 Million, at the box office, it went on to gross over 150 million dollars in the United States and Canada with worldwide box office receipts of over 440 million dollars worldwide.
The movie follows the journey of Sebastian, a struggling jazz musician and Mia, an actress. The two fall in love after several meetings in Los Angeles that happen purely by chance. As their relationship blossoms, their career ambitions force both of them to make some decisions that impact their relationship.
The film took its name from a slang term used in America which is used to describe Los Angeles and Hollywood. According to the Collins English Dictionary, the phrase has the meaning of ” a place that is remote from reality ” in the United Kingdom.
La La Land has gone on to become a multi-award-winning film; it received more than any movie of 2016 at the 70th British Academy Film Awards with eleven nominations. The categories it won awards in were Best Film, Best Director, Best Actress in a Leading Role for Emma Stone, Best Cinematography and Best Film Music.
On the 8th of January 2017 at the 74th Golden Globe Awards, held at The Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills, California, La La Land had seven nominations, winning all the categories. The film set a record at the ceremony for the most awards won by a single movie. The categories were Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy, Best Director, Best Actor – Comedy or Musical for Ryan Gosling, Best Actress – Comedy or Musical for Emma Stone, Best Screenplay, Best Original Score and Best Original Song ” City of Stars “.
At the Oscars, hosted at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, La La Land gained six awards: Best Director, Best Actress for Emma Stone, Best Cinematography, Best Original Score, Best Original Song for ” City of Stars ” and Best Production Design.
The film had fourteen nominations, which is equal to those of the 1950 American drama movie, All About Eve, and James Cameron’s 1997 blockbuster Titanic.
The ceremony was nearly overshadowed by a gaff which resulted in La La Land being wrongly announced as the winner of the Best Picture category, when in fact the winner was Moonlight, the American coming of age drama directed by Barry Jenkins and starring Trevante Rhodes.
La La Land Original Motion Picture Soundtrack Track Listing:
1. Another Day Of Sun ( Cast )
2. Someone In The Crowd
3. Mia & Sebastian’s Theme
4. A Lovely Night
5. Herman’s Habit
6. City Of Stars
8. Summer Montage / Madeline
9. City Of Stars
10. Start A Fire
11. Engagement Party
12. Audition (The Fools Who Dream)
14. The End
15. City Of Stars (Humming) [feat. Emma Stone]