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Lightning Strikes Twice: Disney-Pixar’s Cars 3 Fuels Two Soundtracks

Lightning Strikes Twice: Disney-Pixar’s Cars 3 Fuels Two Soundtracks

By DaVette See

Just in time for your summer road trip, Disney-Pixar is releasing not one, but two soundtracks: Cars 3 Original Motion Picture Soundtrack and Cars 3 Original Score Composed and Conducted by Randy Newman, composed and conducted by Randy Newman. Both soundtracks are available from Walt Disney Records on June 16 when Cars 3 opens in theaters, but the pre-order kicks off tomorrow, May 19, 2017!

I’m a big fan of the first Cars soundtrack and score. There are a lot of fun songs, but plenty of heart-warming interludes, as Lightning goes from being a brash young hotshot to becoming a car who discovers there’s more to life than looking out for number one. It sounds like the music for the latest installment of the journey will again give musical voice to the character’s struggles and triumphs.

“Lightning McQueen is on the journey of a lifetime—traveling cross-country, revisiting the past and looking into his own heart and soul to answer some big questions,” said Cars 3 director Brian Fee. “Just like the music in the first two Cars movies, the songs and score in this film really help support the story we are telling.”

Cars 3 Original Motion Picture Soundtrack features “Run That Race”, an original song written and performed by nine-time Grammy® winner Dan Auerbach. “The song is about never giving up and always trying your best,” said Auerbach, who met with filmmakers prior to penning the song. “They showed me the storyboards and ran through the plot. I was able to read some of the dialogue and from there I had enough to piece together a story in my mind for the song.”

Auerbach will release Waiting on a Song, his second solo album, on June 2nd via his new label, Easy Eye Sound.

Three-time Grammy®-winning singer, songwriter, guitarist and entertainer Brad Paisley, who has 24 number-one singles under his belt, was called on to create two instrumental tracks for the soundtrack. “Truckaroo” and “Thunder Hollow Breakdown” accompany the film’s action-packed Crazy 8 demolition derby sequence that puts Lightning and Cruz in the midst of total chaos. “Brad Paisley was part of both Cars and Cars 2,’” said Tom MacDougall, executive vice president of music at Disney.

“We knew he could have some fun with a demolition derby, and he just killed it. His down-home country tracks really add to the scene’s action and humor.”

The soundtrack also features “Ride”, an original end-credit song performed by Hollywood Records artist ZZ Ward, featuring musician Gary Clark Jr. Written by Ward, Evan Bogart and Dave Bassett, the song was released by Walt Disney Records as a digital single on April 14th. It was performed live by Ward back on April 17th, on ABC’s Dancing with the Stars.

Ward’s sophomore album, The Storm, will be released June 30th.

The soundtrack also features four cover songs, including two bonus tracks.

· “Kings Highway”, originally released in 1991 by Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, makes a comeback courtesy of 23-year- old British singer-songwriter James Bay.

· Bruce Springsteen’s 1984 hit “Glory Days” gets a modern-day makeover by Grammy®-nominated performer Andra Day, who voices Sweet Tea in the film—a performer in the Cotter Pin with a hairstyle reminiscent of Day’s signature look.

· The Beatles’ classic 1965 song “Drive My Car” is back on the road, compliments of Hollywood Records artist Jorge Blanco.

· “Freeway of Love,” made famous in 1985 by Aretha Franklin, is performed for the soundtrack by actress Lea DeLaria, who also provides the voice of Miss Fritter, a school bus-turned-demolition-derby-queen in Cars 3.

Cars 3 Original Score Composed and Conducted by Randy Newman reunites the Cars franchise with the Oscar®-winning composer. Newman, who was behind the Oscar®-winning music in Disney·Pixar’s Toy Story 3 and Monsters, Inc., composed the score for the first Cars movie and penned the Oscar®-nominated song “Our Town.” For Cars 3, Newman created a score that reflects the heart and high-octane action of the film— 21 tracks in total are included on the soundtrack. “Randy has a real connection to the Cars world,” says MacDougall. “His ability to capture the feeling of this film, its characters, locations and the Americana theme throughout is extraordinary—the music is so naturally fluid and inspired. It really feels like Randy is coming home with this score.”

Newman used an 110-piece orchestra to record the score.

Cars 3 Original Motion Picture Soundtrack is available June 16 and can be pre-ordered digitally HERE  and via Amazon HERE.

Cars 3 Original Score Composed and Conducted by Randy Newman is available June 16 from Walt Disney Records and can be pre-ordered HERE.

Cars 3 cruises into theaters on June 16, 2017. Watch the new trailer HERE!

Blindsided by a new generation of blazing-fast racers, the legendary Lightning McQueen (voice of Owen Wilson) is suddenly pushed out of the sport he loves. To get back in the game, he will need the help of an eager young race technician, Cruz Ramirez (voice of Cristela Alonzo), with her own plan to win, plus inspiration from the late Fabulous Hudson Hornet and a few unexpected turns. Proving that #95 isn’t through yet will test the heart of a champion on Piston Cup Racing’s biggest stage! Directed by Brian Fee (storyboard artist Cars, Cars 2), produced by Kevin Reher (A Bug’s Life, “La Luna” short) and co-produced by Andrea Warren (“LAVA” short).

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