Columbia Pictures’ music-filled drama Burlesque— in which Christina Aguilera stars as a young Hollywood hopeful looking to impress a nightclub impresario played by Cher – won the Best Original Theme Song award at this year’s Golden Globes. The winning song, “You Haven’t Seen the Last of Me,” was performed in the film by Cher and written by acclaimed composer Diane Warren.
Indeed, it was Cher herself that inspired the ballad, reveals Warren. “Cher is, as everybody knows, is a badass,” says Warren, who’s composed for the singer before. “She’s tough, she keeps going. I wanted to write a song that could be her statement not only as her character in the movie but her statement as who she is and all the s–t she’s gone through.”
In her acceptance speech, Warren drew applause when she dedicated her award the late and beloved Hollywood publicist Ronni Chasen. Later when asked by journalists how she plans to celebrate, she replied by doing what she does best: “Going to work tomorrow and writing another great song…and maybe have a drink tonight.”
Another song from “Burlesque” – “Bound to You” written and performed by Christina Aguilera – was nominated for a Golden Globe. Both tunes are in the short list of possible nominees for the upcoming Academy Awards.
“You Haven’t Seen the Last of Me” leads the songs in the film’s soundtrack album, and is joined by another Cher number, “Welcome to Burlesque,” as well as eight new Aguilera cuts, including covers of two Etta James songs the singer says she “grew up singing all alone in my bedroom with the door closed.” Among the writers and producers featured on the album are Tricky Stewart, Ron Fair, Linda Perry and Aguilera herself.
“I wrote synopses of what the songs should be about before anyone else came onboard,” says “Burlesque” director Steve Antin. “That’s how I sold the movie.” Once the film was in production, Antin and music supervisor Buck Damon solicited songwriting submissions from “some really, really impressive people,” Antin says. “Christina said to me, ‘Can I try?’ and I said, ‘Sure, throw your hat in the ring. The best song wins.’ She was down for it.”
Aguilera says that in her selections she wanted to combine the throwback vibe of her 2006 “Back to Basics” set with modern-day sounds: “Big bottom-end bass in the beat, then old-school horn pops — things like that.” She singles out as a favorite “Bound to You,” which she co-wrote with Sia Furler, who also contributed to Aguilera’s “Bionic” from earlier this year.
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