|By Marketwired .||
|March 4, 2014 03:00 PM EST||
NEW YORK, NY -- (Marketwired) -- 03/04/14 -- Atlantic Records has announced the release of "RIO 2: MUSIC FROM THE MOTION PICTURE," the musical companion to Blue Sky Studio/20th Century Fox's upcoming animated musical comedy. The soundtrack album arrives in stores and at all DSPs on March 25th; Rio 2 arrives in theaters nationwide on April 11th.
"RIO 2: MUSIC FROM THE MOTION PICTURE" will be available for pre-order beginning March 4th via http://smarturl.it/rio2soundtrack. All pre-orders will receive an instant download of the album's colorful first single, "What Is Love," by Wondaland Arts Society/Bad Boy recording artist Janelle Monáe. Also beginning March 4th, "What Is Love" will be on sale as an individual download on the iTunes Store and other digital retailers.
Monáe will herald the release of "RIO 2: MUSIC FROM THE MOTION PICTURE" with a very special performance of "What Is Love" on an upcoming episode of AMERICAN IDOL XIII, set for Thursday, March 27th (9:00-9:30 PM ET live/tape-delayed PT) on FOX.
In addition to "What Is Love," "RIO 2: MUSIC FROM THE MOTION PICTURE" also features the song, "Welcome Back," performed by GRAMMY®-winning Atlantic recording artist Bruno Mars, who makes his big screen debut in Rio 2 as "Roberto." The album also gathers brand-new tracks from Mars' longtime musical collaborator and labelmate, Philip Lawrence; 15-member Sao Paulo percussion group, Barbatuques; renowned Brazilian musician Carlinhos Brown (who received a 2012 Academy Award nomination for his work on the original Rio); and Brazilian legend Milton Nascimento. In honor of the much beloved "Take You To Rio" from Rio, the soundtrack features "Rio Rio," a new version of the track by Ester Dean, featuring B.o.B. As if all that weren't enough, "RIO 2: MUSIC FROM THE MOTION PICTURE" also presents songs from the film performed by cast members Anne Hathaway, Jesse Eisenberg, Jamie Foxx, Andy Garcia, Rita Moreno, Kristin Chenoweth and Jemaine Clement (see tracklisting below).
"RIO 2: MUSIC FROM THE MOTION PICTURE" was specially curated by Academy Award and GRAMMY®-nominated producers Sergio Mendes and John Powell -- who also teamed up on the first Rio soundtrack.
GRAMMY®-winning soundtrack producer Kevin Weaver (Boardwalk Empire, True Blood - Volumes 1 & 2, Girls) served as Executive Soundtrack Producer for Atlantic Records.
In celebration of the film, Janelle Monáe, Ester Dean, Carlinhos Brown and Sergio Mendes will all perform at the film's global premiere in Miami on March 21st.
The entire cast of the animated smash Rio returns in Rio 2, and they are joined by a new flock of top actors and musical talents. Rich with grandeur, character, color and music, Rio 2 finds Jewel (Anne Hathaway), Blu (Jesse Eisenberg) and their three kids leaving their domesticated life in that magical city for a journey to the Amazon. They encounter a menagerie of characters that are born to be wild, voiced by such stars as Academy Award nominee Andy Garcia; Academy, Emmy and Tony Award winner Rita Moreno; GRAMMY® winner Bruno Mars; and Tony Award winner Kristin Chenoweth.
Rio 2 was directed by Carlos Saldanha (Rio, Ice Age) and produced by John C. Donkin and Bruce Anderson (Rio).
To download materials including the Janelle Monae "What Is Love" Music Video, the "Welcome Back" clip and "The Beat Goes On" Sizzle please visit - https://www.epk.tv/view/#/campaign/rio-2/music-video/.
"RIO 2: MUSIC FROM THE MOTION PICTURE" (Atlantic) In Stores and Online March 25th COMPLETE TRACKLISTING
1. What Is Love - Janelle Monáe
2. Rio Rio - Ester Dean (Featuring B.o.B)
3. Beautiful Creatures - Barbatuques, Andy Garcia, and Rita Moreno
4. Welcome Back - Bruno Mars
5. Ô Vida - Carlinhos Brown and Nina de Freitas
6. It's A Jungle Out Here (Brazilian) - Philip Lawrence (Featuring UAKTI)
7. Don't Go Away - Anne Hathaway and Flávia Maia
8. Batucuda Familia - Carlinhos Brown, Siedah Garrett, Jamie Foxx, Rachel Crow, Amy Heidemann, Andy Garcia, and Rita Moreno
9. Poisonous Love - Kristin Chenoweth and Jemaine Clement
10. I Will Survive - Jemaine Clement and Kristin Chenoweth
11. Bola Viva - Carlinhos Brown
12. Favo De Mel - Milton Nascimento
13. It's A Jungle Out Here - Philip Lawrence
14. What Is Love (Cast) - Janelle Monáe, Anne Hathaway, Jesse Eisenberg, Jamie Foxx, and Carlinhos Brown
15. What Is Love (The GoonRock Mix) - Janelle Monáe*
16. Angry Birds Rio 2 Theme - Barbatuques *
* Exclusive TARGET Bonus Tracks