James Horner's Southpaw
Sony Music announces the release of Southpaw, the Original Motion Picture Soundtrack, featuring the music of Oscar-winning composer James Horner, available July 24, 2015.
James Horner tragically died in a plane crash on June 22nd 2015. SOUTHPAW was the last film that he worked on before his death.
Having composed the music for more than 130 film and television productions, including dozens of the most memorable and successful films of the past three decades, James Horner was one of the world’s most prolific and celebrated film composers. Horner earned two Academy Awards and two Golden Globe Awards for his music from James Cameron’s Titanic (Best Original Score and Best Original Song “My Heart Will Go On”), eight Academy Award nominations, five Golden Globe nominations, and has won six Grammy awards.
In April of 1998, Horner’s Titanic soundtrack album on Sony Classical completed an unprecedented run of 16 weeks at number 1 on the Billboard Top 200 Album Chart, setting a new record for the most consecutive weeks at number 1 for a score album. It remains the largest selling instrumental score album in history, having sold more than 27 million copies worldwide. Known for his stylistic diversity, his other film credits include Avatar, A Beautiful Mind, Apollo 13, Braveheart, Legends of the Fall, Glory, Field of Dreams and Star Treks II and III.
About the work on SOUTHPAW, Horner said: "It's just a movie I've never done before. I thought it would be really challenging. It'll be really edgy, but it will be very simple. No big orchestras. The big stuff takes care of itself. The director did a brilliant job, and it's stunning to look at, and well photographed. And there have been a lot of boxing movies obviously, fighting movies, but they're looking for something deeper than just the surface."
“It's a little bit unusual I would say. There are atmospheric moments with a simple piano motif and at the other end of the scale it's full out aggression. And then there's everything in between. Lots of colors”, says Simon Rhodes (sound engineer) about the soundtrack.
From acclaimed director Antoine Fuqua and screenwriter Kurt Sutter, SOUTHPAW tells the riveting story of Billy "The Great" Hope, reigning Light Heavyweight Boxing Champion of the World (Academy Award® nominee Jake Gyllenhaal). Billy Hope seemingly has it all with an impressive career, a beautiful and loving wife (Rachel McAdams), an adorable daughter (Oona Laurence) and a lavish lifestyle. When tragedy strikes and his lifelong manager and friend (Curtis "50 Cent" Jackson) leaves him behind, Hope hits rock bottom and turns to an unlikely savior at a run-down local gym: Tick Willis (Academy Award® winner Forest Whitaker), a retired fighter and trainer to the city's toughest amateur boxers. With his future riding on Tick's guidance and tenacity, Billy enters the hardest battle of his life as he struggles with redemption and to win back the trust of those he loves.