Jay-Z Recommended Beyonce To Baz Luhrman For The Great Gatsby Soundtrack

30 April 2013, 11:57

The '99 Problems' rapper and film director decided her cover of 'Back To Black' was perfect for the film.

The Great Gatsby director Baz Luhrman has revealed that it was Jay-Z who suggested he put his wife Beyonce on the film's soundtrack.

The 'Love On Top' singer appears on the film's soundtrack performing a cover of the Amy Winehouse classic 'Back To Black', and Baz says it was the perfect song to create a "darker moment" in the context of the scene it was used in.

"We were looking for, 'How do we have a darker moment?' and he said have a listen to this, and he played it," Baz revealed to MTV NEws this week.

The director also revealed how it came about for Emeli Sande to cover Beyonce's own ubiquitous hit 'Crazy In Love' as part of the soundtrack, due out on 7th May.

"I mean 'Crazy In Love', does it make you think of any character in the book? " I won't know and then a great epiphany was that I wanted it to blend between the modern music and the traditional," he explained. "Bryan Ferry for years has been obsessing with this really traditional jazz band, and then Emeli Sande does the vocal, that's where we go!"

Check out a picture of Beyonce and Jay-Z together in Cuba earlier this month below (Credit: Splash):

Baz went on to praise Jay-Z as "one of the most professional people" he has ever worked with, as well as being a very funny man.

Earlier this week Beyonce was seen in a brand new TV advert as part of her latest H&M campaign.

The Great Gatsby is due out in cinemas on 10th May.

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