Soundtrack News

Leona Lewis Will Sing 'Avatar' Theme Song...

...and the Internet already hates it

So, Leona Lewis of "Bleeding Love" fame is going to be singing the title track for James Cameron's Avatar. The song will be titled "I See You (Theme from Avatar)" and will be available when the soundtrack hits stores on December 15, three days prior to the film's December 18 release. The song will be played over the credits, much like Celine Dion's "My Heart Will Go On" for Titanic, which became one of the best-selling singles of all-time, the best selling single of 1998, Oscar Best Original Song winner, Grammy Award winner, Golden Globe Award winner, Billboard Music Award for the Soundtrack Single of the Year and ultimately helped Celine Dion sign a multi-year contract to perform nightly in a five-star theatrical show at the Colosseum at Caesars Palace, Las Vegas.

In short, "My Heart Will Go On" was a massive success and A LOT of people liked it. Of course, this draws the disdain of online readers and writers whom have to go somewhere to hate everything that is popular and a lot of that hatred leaked out today.

Considering Lewis's song will play over the credits for a movie and the fact it hasn't been heard yet, you wouldn't expect much hatred (or any for that matter), but don't go assuming things you know just aren't true.

Kevin Jagernauth at The Playlist sounded like a true fanboy (all while trying to act as if he isn't one) and has pretty much formed his opinion of the song before he's even heard the first note, "James Horner (who is also scoring the film) is going to be responsible for raping our ears again this time around with what is sure to be another combination of soggy, drippy orchestration, overwrought singing and awful lyrics. Of course, you can expect that this piece treacle is going to be flogged for a Best Song nomination..."

Simon Brew at Den of Geek was quite articulate in his understanding of the situation saying, "The team behind 'My Heart Will Gone On'? Leona Lewis? My shit." Not sure what that means.

Devin Faraci at CHUD lets his feelings be known in his headline: "Avatar to Have Schmaltzy End Credit Oscar Bait Song"

Katey Rich at Cinema Blend says, "The British singer will be filling in the Celine Dion role this time, having recorded the film's end title song 'I See You.' The title doesn't have quite the same ring as 'My Heart Will Go On,' but then again, maybe it won't have the same ear-splitting quality either."

Paul Tassi at JoBlo is the only one I saw reporting the news that wasn't among the group filled with any kind of hate as he said, "The song is called 'I See You (Theme from Avatar)' and will play over the closing credits. I’m not sure anyone can beat Celine Dion's 'My Heart Will Go On' from Titanic (the first song I ever learned how to play on the piano), but if anyone had a prayer, it’s the note-belting Lewis, the kind of over-the-top ballad singer you hardly ever see anymore in this day and age."

What a wonderful world online movie reporting is eh? A song that is going to be played over the credits of a film by one of the music world's most popular singers is already referred to as "treacle" and "shit" and the potential of having "ear-splitting quality". I wonder what they will think once they have actually heard it.

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  • Vince

    It might just be that people really don't like Leona Lewis.

    I recently found out that Ms. Lewis will be singing the theme song to "Final Fantasy XIII", probably one of the biggest videogames of next year. Fans & gamers hate the song with a passion. They've never really had anything bad to say about theme songs before (most of the themes for previous games were over-the-top ballads as well).

    Then again, this could just be fan boys being fan boys.

  • http://www.incontention.com Guy Lodge

    Hey, some people on the web are fine with it!

    http://incontention.com/?p=17613

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/ Brad Brevet

    @Guy Lodge: Ha, nice to see not everyone is jumping to negative conclusions.

  • Leandro Dubost

    People are sad. Really sad.

    worst case scenario: the music sucks and you won't ever need to hear it again (since you can skip credits if you want if you ever decide to see the movie more than once)
    best case scenario: the music is good, you'll love it, it'll make you feel happy, life's worth living and you'll sing it to the love of your life and his/her balcony before proposing and he/she will say yes and you'll be forever happy and never complain about anything EVER again (and all of that because of the song, obviously)

    So? Why the hate?
    I don't get people. They're stupid. Really stupid.

  • americanrequiem

    the song will be big, the movie will be huge, and everyone will eat their words. these low expectations are only helping this movie, cause everyone shitting on it are still going to see it, curiosity killed the trolls

  • http://cindylover.blogspot.com Cindylover1969

    The soundtrack site - http://www.avatarscore.com - has a clip of Horner's score. Not too thrilled with it, but you can't really come to a conclusion of the score for a three-hour movie based on one clip. As for Leona Lewis, I'm not a fan of hers but this is far from the only time Horner's collaborated with Big Name Recording Artists (Linda Ronstadt, Diana Ross, Charlotte Church, Steve Winwood, John Cougar Mellencamp...). It might be decent - I've always liked Horner/Dion's collaboration for "Bicentennial Man" - but then again, maybe not.

  • moviebuff

    ill wait to hear it before i judge it

  • ThePlaylist

    "In short, "My Heart Will Go On" was a massive success and A LOT of people liked it."

    Does that make it good? Also, defending Leona Lewis? Not the best look.

  • laremy

    @ThePlaylist: No, "good" things can only be items that a dozen people liked. Any more than that and it's common-man tripe!

  • beautifulm

    Okay what's the big deal it's just a song? If you don't like it skip out before the credits are shown. How old are we again???

  • Steve Mott

    Hey Brad, I'm pretty sure that this:

    "Simon Brew at Den of Geek was quite articulate in his understanding of the situation saying, "The team behind 'My Heart Will Gone On'? Leona Lewis? My shit." Not sure what that means."

    ...is a good thing. Usually when somebody says "that's my shit," they mean that they like it.
    Just a heads up.

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/ Brad Brevet

    @Steve Mott: Nope, not if you read his article.

  • Dan

    Whether you like Leona or not, she is pretty damn popular especially here in the uk so getting her to do the song will raise more awareness of the film and therefore bring in the big bucks for Cameron. Good move I think and if it sucks, who cares? It's just a song and will have no impact on the film whatsoever.

  • http://DenOfGeek Simon Brew

    @Steve Mott @Brad Brevet : Just to clarify: no, I'm not keen on the thought of another My Heart Will Go On (which I didn't like at all, and can say that having listened to it lots of times) :-) I quite like Leona Lewis and I *love* James Horner music.

    The song itself may well be a masterpiece, which is why I've made no comment on the quality of it in the article you quote. Immediately after the quoted segment, I said:

    "I’ve nothing against Leona Lewis, but surely it can’t just be our Celine Dion alarm bells that are clanging with some ferocity? Granted, this is likely to be the tune that’s warbled over the end credits, and granted, it might be great. But we don’t remember Aliens or Terminator 2 having a song attached to them, and they’re the style of films that we hope that Cameron is coming closer to with Avatar."

    I stand by that, too. I was hoping that Avatar (a film I've written generally positive things about) would go into more old-school James Cameron territory, and this is arguably a clue that that's not where he's heading. But that's not hating everything, surely?

    Love Ropes Of Silicon, by the way :-)

    Simon, Den of Geek

  • http://DenOfGeek Simon Brew

    Rope Of Silicon I meant, obviously. D'oh. Sorry!

    Simon

  • Seiko

    Considering how ridicoulously ovverrated Celine Dion's music is and yet popped out an excellent song like "My Heart Will Go On", I think Leona Lewis can make a really good song for a James Cameron movie.

    I call it "Celine Dion's music" because she has a lot of talent but chooses to sing average. Same with Leona Lewis. For these movies though, you must try harder than normal for people to truly remember how good the music was for a movie.
    People can make fun of Transformers 2 and/or Linkin Park all they want but "New Divide" made an excellent soundtrack song for use in the entire movie. Perhaps the best music since Titanic.

    It must sound wierd to use Celine Dion, Leona Lewis, and Linkin Park and compare them..