Feb 22, 2011

'Glee' to Feature Original Songs in Mar. 15 Episode

I don't know how I feel about this.   It's like they've changed something fundamental about how the show works by covering original work instead of, well, covers.   I tentatively think it could be a disaster, because the pre-existing nostalgia or sentiment won't exist for an original song.   I'm not sure how I feel yet, a bit wishy washy on this.   I will admit (again) that I still haven't watched an episode of Glee since it came back on after the Super Bowl.   I have three episodes queue waiting for me and tonight's will get added in the morning.   I guess usbconciously I am waiting because they keep making me wait for new episodes so now I am stockpiling.   I sort of did the same thing with the Christmas episode.   I watched it the Saturday night before the Super Bowl.  

Back to the music though- in my head the cynic in me is whispering that they want to switch to original content to reap the most gold- literally.   Why send an established artist's stuff zooming up the charts when it could be a cast member sowing all the glory?   They had to use established music to get their foot in the door and into our hearts, but now that they are in they are determined to stay.   So what are your thoughts- will the origianl stuff take off like all the covers or will it hears a resounding thwack as it hits the screens across America and gets rejected.

Miranda Penn Turin/FOX

Soon the "Glee" cast may not only be breaking chart records with covers of pop hits and oldies, but also original tracks. According a press release from Columbia Records, the label behind "Glee: The Music," the Fox show's Mar. 15 episode will feature two original tracks, titled "Loser Like Me" and "Get It Right."

While "Get It Right" is described as a ballad sung by Lea Michele, "Loser Like Me" sees the whole cast collaborating. The song was co-written by Max Martin, most recently known as the co-producer of Britney Spears' upcoming album, "Femme Fatale." Both songs will be featured on "Glee: The Music, Volume 5," set for release Mar. 8.

As Billboard reported last week, the original songs featured this season could lead to more extensive placement down the road. In fact, the show's music supervisor, PJ Bloom, stated at a Guild of Music Supervisors awards ceremony and brunch held Feb. 13 that there may be a "Glee" episode devoted entirely to original music during the show's third season. If it happened, the episode would most likely be based around a class assignment in which each chorus member would be tasked with composing an original song, Bloom said.

As expected, Gwyneth Paltrow is featured alongside Matthew Morrison on a cover of Prince's "Kiss," in addition to Fleetwood Mac classic "Landslide" and Joan Jett's "Do You Wanna Touch Me (Oh Yeah)." Paltrow's character Holly Holiday returns to the show March 8.

Just last week, the "Glee" cast broke Elvis' record for the most chart entries on Billboard's Hot 100, with 113 songs on the chart. In last week's episode of "Glee," the New Directions put their own twist on the work of Justin Bieber.

The full tracklist for "Glee: The Music, Volume 5" is below.

"Thriller"/"Heads Will Roll"
"Need You Now"
"She's Not There"
"Fat Bottomed Girls"
"P.Y.T. (Pretty Young Thing)"
"Somebody To Love"
"Take Me or Leave Me"
"Don't You Want Me"
"Do You Wanna Touch Me (Oh Yeah)"
"Get It Right"
"Loser Like Me"


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