In the lead-up to the arrival of the film, which hits theaters on June 24, we’ve gotten another preview of the soundtrack album. Em is joined by the Goodie Mob member for “The King and I,” a song that channels the vibe of some of Elvis’ more dance-oriented records.
The Elvis soundtrack will feature contributions from an eclectic selection of musicians, with some providing original tracks and others opting to cover highlights from the king of rock ’n roll’s extensive catalog. Other contributors include lead actor Austin Butler, Doja Cat, Tame Impala, Jack White, Kacey Musgraves, Nardo Wick, Stevie Nicks, Swae Lee, and Diplo. Additionally, some of Presley’s own recordings will appear. The album does not yet have a release date but is expected to arrive around the same time as the biopic.
While the list of contributors may seem like a strange fit for the story of Elvis Presley, Baz Luhrmann has previously toyed with varied and anachronistic musical selections in Moulin Rogue and, more recently, The Great Gatsby. Just like Elvis, that movie was a period piece and featured original songs and covers from the likes of Jay-Z, Jack White, Beyoncé, and Lana Del Rey. The contrast between period settings and modern music is definitely a Luhrmann staple at this point.
Check out the list of contributors above, hear Doja’s song for the film here, and listen to Eminem and CeeLo on “The King and I” below.