Official: Jack White And Alicia Keys To Record Bond Theme Song
Nikki Finke at Deadline Hollywood reports that Sony and MGM have finally put to rest scads of speculation and officially announced that the theme song for Quantum of Solace will be performed by Jack White (of The White Stripes) and Alicia Keys. The song is called "Another Way To Die," (which I kind of feel like they should have saved to use as an actual title to a future Bond movie!) and was written by White, who also plays drums on the track. I'm a little disappointed that composer David Arnold wasn't involved in the composition, since his best scores integrate his own theme songs throughout the movie, but you couldn't really ask for a better songwriter than White. Overall, I'm very pleased. (Although I would have liked to hear an Amy Winehouse Bond theme as well, and I hope she gets her act together in time for Bond 23.) According to Finke (and coming from the official press release), "The soundtrack to Quantum of Solace will be released by J Records on October 28th." Since these announcements were made together, I would assume that means that the song will actually be featured on the soundtrack, like all the other Bond scores up until Casino Royale, which weirdly omitted Chris Cornell's title track from the soundtrack disc. (For contractual reasons, I presume.) Speaking of Cornell's song, "You Know My Name," this now makes two songs in a row that don't share a title with the film. Up until now, that was a pretty rare occurrence!
In related news, massive layoffs are expected at all the British tabloids, each of whom seem to have employed entire departments devoted to making up rumors about who would be singing this theme song!