Hairspray (2007 soundtrack)

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Hairspray: Soundtrack to the Motion Picture
Soundtrack album by Various artists
Released July 10, 2007
Recorded September 2006–January 2007
Genre Traditional pop, rock and roll, swing, soul, broadway, jazz, rhythm and blues, gospel
Length 66:05
Label New Line
Producer Marc Shaiman, Lucian Piane, Paul Broucek, Jason Lynn
Hairspray soundtracks chronology
Hairspray: Original Broadway Cast Recording
(2002)
Hairspray: Soundtrack to the Motion Picture
(2007)
Alternative cover
2-disc Collector's edition cover

Hairspray: Soundtrack to the Motion Picture is the soundtrack album for the 2007 New Line Cinema musical film Hairspray. The film is an adaptation of the 2002 Broadway musical of the same name, itself adapted from John Waters's original 1988 film. It features performances from the film's cast, which includes John Travolta, Michelle Pfeiffer, Christopher Walken, Amanda Bynes, James Marsden, Queen Latifah, Brittany Snow, Zac Efron, Elijah Kelley, and Nikki Blonsky as the lead character of Tracy Turnblad.

The album has sold upwards of 1,200,000 copies in the USA, and has been certified Platinum by the RIAA.[1]

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[2]
The News & Observer 3/5 stars[3]

The soundtrack received positive reviews from critics.

Album information[edit]

The soundtrack contains nineteen songs from the film written by Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman, three of which were not included in the stage musical version. Shaiman, who produced the original cast album for the Broadway musical, produced the songs for the film musical as well. Hairspray's music is written and performed to conform to the story's 1962 setting, with influences spanning the genres of rock and roll, soul, and pop.

"Ladies' Choice", a new song performed by Zac Efron, was the Hairspray soundtrack's first single. iTunes released the single on May 15, 2007. The iTunes version of the album includes bonus features such as the bonus track "I Can Wait" (a song written for the film but cut), the "Ladies' Choice" music video, an instructional dance video for "Ladies' Choice", and a digital version of the album booklet. The soundtrack debuted on the Billboard 200 at number 20 and peaked at number two.

"The New Girl in Town", "Big, Blonde and Beautiful (Reprise)", and "Come So Far (Got So Far to Go)" are the three songs new to this version of Hairspray, although "The New Girl in Town" was originally written for but dropped from the Broadway production. "Come So Far (Got So Far to Go)" is played over the film's end credits, as are renditions of two songs from the stage musical which were not included in the film proper: "Cooties" and "Mama, I'm a Big Girl Now". "Cooties" is performed on the soundtrack in a contemporary pop style by singer Aimee Allen. It was also played (without vocals) while the contestants, for Miss Teenage Hairspray, danced to show off their "moves". "Mama, I'm a Big Girl Now", is performed by each of the three women most famous portraying Hairspray's main character, Tracy Turnblad: the 1988 film's Ricki Lake, the Broadway production's Marissa Jaret Winokur, and this film's Nikki Blonsky. Harvey Fierstein, who played Edna in the original Broadway production, also has a vocal cameo at the end of this track.

Several of the songs from the Broadway musical had their lyrics altered and/or verses removed for use in the film version. These songs include "(The Legend of) Miss Baltimore Crabs", "Welcome to the 60s", "Big, Blonde and Beautiful", "Without Love", "(It's) Hairspray", "You Can't Stop the Beat", et cetera.

Track listing[edit]

All songs written and composed by Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman

No. Title Performer(s) Length
1. "Good Morning Baltimore"   Nikki Blonsky 3:54
2. "The Nicest Kids in Town"   James Marsden with the Council Members 2:42
3. "It Takes Two"   Zac Efron 3:04
4. "(The Legend of) Miss Baltimore Crabs"   Michelle Pfeiffer with the Council Members 4:08
5. "I Can Hear the Bells"   Blonsky 4:14
6. "Ladies' Choice"   Zac Efron 2:28
7. "The New Girl in Town"   Brittany Snow, Sarah Jayne Jensen, Hayley Podschun and The Dynamites 2:16
8. "Welcome to the 60's"   Blonsky, John Travolta, The Dynamites with Jerry Stiller 5:13
9. "Run and Tell That"   Elijah Kelley, Taylor Parks 3:51
10. "Big, Blonde and Beautiful"   Queen Latifah with The Negro Day Kids 2:35
11. "Big, Blonde and Beautiful (Reprise)"   Travolta, Pfeiffer 1:06
12. "(You're) Timeless to Me"   Travolta, Christopher Walken 4:47
13. "I Know Where I've Been"   Latifah with Negros, Blonsky and Kelley 4:13
14. "Without Love"   Efron, Blonsky, Kelley, Amanda Bynes with Negro Day Kids 3:40
15. "(It's) Hairspray"   Marsden with Council Members 2:20
16. "You Can't Stop the Beat"   Blonsky, Efron, Bynes, Kelley, Travolta and Latifah with Walken, Marsden, Snow, Pfeiffer 5:25
17. "Come So Far (Got So Far to Go)"   Latifah, Blonsky, Efron, Kelley 4:17
18. "Cooties"   Aimee Allen 2:42
19. "Mama, I'm a Big Girl Now"   Ricki Lake, Marissa Jaret Winokur, Blonsky with Harvey Fierstein 3:19

2-disc Collector's edition[edit]

A limited edition two-disc version of the Hairspray soundtrack was released on November 20, 2007, the same day as the film's DVD/Blu-Ray release. The 2-disc Collector's edition soundtrack includes the one-disc soundtrack, as well as a second disc featuring additional songs from the film, deleted songs (among them "I Can Wait"), demo recordings, and karaoke versions of certain songs. The album debuted at #90 on the Billboard 200 with sales of at least 20,000 copies sold.

Collector's edition: Disc 2
No. Title Performer(s) Length
1. "I Can Wait" (Deleted number that was shot, but was cut from the film) Blonsky 3:44
2. "Breakout" (Used in film as a record) Chester Gregory 3:03
3. "Boink-Boink" (Used in film as a record) Arthur Adams 2:04
4. "Trouble on the Line" (Used in film as a record) Corey Reynolds 2:02
5. "Mr. Pinky’s Theme" (Instrumental score) Instrumental 0:33
6. "Mrs. Von Tussle Says" (Demo for a potential replacement for "(The Legend of) Miss Baltimore Crabs") Pattie Darcy, Marc Shaiman 2:24
7. "Save Your Applause 'Til the End" (Demo for a potential replacement for "(The Legend of) Miss Baltimore Crabs") Christine Ebersole 2:55
8. "Turn Back the Hands of Time" (Demo for an end-credits song) Jenifer Lewis 3:02
9. "Timeless to Me" (Original demo recorded during development of the Broadway show) Nathan Lane 4:03
10. "It Ain't Over 'Til the Fat Lady Sings" (Original demo for an unused song) Keala Settle 3:19
11. "It Doesn't Get Better Than This" (Original demo for an unused song) Marc Shaiman 3:05
12. "Ladies' Choice" (Karaoke instrumental version) Karaoke instrumental 2:29
13. "Welcome to the 60's" (Karaoke instrumental version) Karaoke instrumental 5:01
14. "Run and Tell That" (Karaoke instrumental version) Karaoke instrumental 3:41
15. "You Can't Stop the Beat" (Karaoke instrumental version) Karaoke instrumental 5:25
16. "Come So Far (Got So Far to Go)" (Karaoke instrumental version) Karaoke instrumental 4:20

Additional songs[edit]

Although included in the movie, "The Nicest Kids in Town (Reprise)" was not included on the motion picture soundtrack. The track included Tracy in the Roll Call with Corny and the Council Members. Another such song was "Tied Up in the Knots of Sin" and the performers included Marc Shaiman and Adam Shankman.[4]

Vocalists[edit]

Main vocalists[edit]

Cameo vocalists[edit]

The Dynamites[edit]

  • Shayna Steele
  • Kamilah Marshall
  • Terita R. Redd

Chart performance and awards[edit]

Chart (2007) Peak
position
Sales
Australian ARIA Albums Chart[5] 5 -
U.S. Billboard 200[6] 2 1,300,000+
U.S. Billboard Top Independent Albums[7] 1
France Albums Top 150[6] 34 -
Norway Norway Albums Top 40 2 10,000+

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Gold & Platinum - Hairspray Soundtrack[dead link] RIAA. 12/10/2007
  2. ^ Ruhlmann, William. "Hairspray review". Allmusic.com. Retrieved 2012-07-31. 
  3. ^ "Hairspray review". The News & Observer. Archived from the original on 2008-12-26. 
  4. ^ Hairspray Soundtrack Credits
  5. ^ Top 50 Albums Chart - Australian Recording Industry Association, Retrieved on September 23, 2007.
  6. ^ a b Soundtrack - Hairspray - Music Charts, Retrieved on September 12, 2007.
  7. ^ Top Independent Albums, Retrieved on September 12, 2007.
  8. ^ a b "New Line Records Scores High on Billboard" (Press release). New Line Cinema. 2008-01-08. Retrieved 2008-08-11. 

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