Sunday, October 06, 2013

AccuRadio Song Of The Day-Anna Kendrick

Artist:Anna Kendrick
Song:Cups (When I'm Gone)
Album:Now That's What I Call Music! 47

Here's an example of how strange the music business can be. This cover of The Carter Family chestnut When I'm Gone became a top ten hit when it was performed in a unique way in a film that was very popular with teens. Suddenly Oscar winning actress Anna Kendrick is a pop star. She has been on Broadway but don't expect her to record an album. She was born Aug. 8, 1985 in Portland, ME. She made her acting debut at age 13 in the Broadway musical High Society. She was nominated for a Tony. After appearing in some other musicals, she made her film debut in the 2003 musical Camp. Other films include Rocket Science in 2007 and the Twilight series. Of course she won an Oscar for the 2009 film Up In The Air. The 2012 film Pitch Perfect is a Let's Put On A Show musical based on a real college a capella competition. Anna Kendrick's character auditions singing an a cappella version of When I'm Gone using cups as accompaniment. This is based on a video of When I'm Gone performed with cups by Lulu & The Lampshades in 2009. There was a viral version by Anna Burden that was a Youtube hit. The version from Pitch Perfect that is on the soundtrack CD is only a minute long. When the song charted, the producers decided to release a longer version as a single and produce a video. It reached #6 on the Billboard Hot 100 and was certified 2XPlatinum. Instead of adding the longer version of Cups to the Special Edition of the soundtrack of Pitch Perfect, Universal released it on the CD More From Pitch Perfect which was less than a half hour long. That means the only CD where you can get the single Cups without getting hosed is on one of those Now That's What I Call Music various artists CDs. Maybe Universal will correct this error and place the single on a Pitch Perfect CD someday. There will be a sequel to Pitch Perfect set for 2015 release. But Anna Kendrick hasn't signed up for that yet. She is currently working on the film version of the Stephen Sondheim musical Into The Woods to be released in 2014. She will sing in that film. But I don't expect any albums from her. Here's the video for Cups (When I'm Gone) by Anna Kendrick.

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