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Various Artists - Pitch Perfect 2: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack Album Review

After the success of the first 'Pitch Perfect' and, more specifically, the 'Cup' song, the soundtrack for the sequel has a lot to live up to. However, there is a thing as trying to be too clever and here is a perfect example. 

Various Artists - Pitch Perfect 2 Soundtrack Album Review

By trying to cram even more songs into each a cappella mash-up, some tracks just don't work without the visual aid of the movie and it becomes a race to recognize just what has been used. Two/three lines and it is on to the next song. 'Riff Off' starts off enjoyable, with a cover of 'Thong Song', but then goes through a circle of booty-complimenting tracks at a dizzying speed where it confuses and loses itself. A better example of a mash-up would be The Barden Bella's 'World Championship Finale' as you can clearly hear each tune used throughout.

The song that leads the entire soundtrack - also the lead single - is Jessie J's 'Flashlight' written by Sam Smith and Sia. By far the most memorable, it is a highlight to the album and is what will keep people coming back to listen to it. An inspirational ballad, it is by far one of Jessie J's best singles, but as the success of Anna Kendrick and 'Cups' showed, a big star isn't always needed to get radio play time. There is also a surprise performance from Snoop Dogg and Anna Kendrick, which is a nice way to break up the a cappella sound of the album. The other original track is 'Crazy Youngsters' performed by Ester Dean, which adds a modern and more 'pop' sound to the soundtrack. These 3 tracks are undeniably stand-out numbers in an otherwise very predictable album. 

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12th Annual Inspiration Awards Red Carpet Luncheon At The Beverly Hilton Hotel

Ester Dean - 12th Annual Inspiration Awards red carpet luncheon at The Beverly Hilton Hotel, to benefit Step Up Women's Network at The Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, Beverly Hilton Hotel - Los Angeles, California, United States - Friday 5th June 2015

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Ester Dean - Crazy Youngsters (from Pitch Perfect 2)

Ester Dean, who stars as Cynthia in 'Pitch Perfect 2', unveils her song 'Crazy Youngsters' recorded for the movie's soundtrack. The singer released her debut album 'Miss Ester Dean' in March 2015 through Eye Know A Secret records.

Pitch Perfect 2 - Film Premiere

Rebel Wilson and Ester Dean - A host of stars were photographed as they arrived for the Los Angeles Premiere of the comedy movie 'Pitch Perfect 2' which was held at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles, California, United States - Friday 8th May 2015

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Pitch Perfect 2 - International Trailer

Suspended after an unfortunate incident of accidental nudity during a performance of Miley Cyrus' 'Wrecking Ball', the spunky all-girls a cappella singing group the Barden Bellas are subsequently replaced by European champions Das Sound Machine. They've got a lot of work to do if they want to win the World Championships and beat their rivals, and while they've certainly got both the attitude and more than enough talent having previously succeeded at winning the National stakes, whether or not their ideas can bring them further fortune is another matter. Nonetheless, they have each other, and that's the most important thing for them to hold on to right now as now they face more than just embarrassment and Europeans, but prejudice and heavy doubt from the organisers.

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Pitch Perfect 2 - Super Bowl TV Spot

The Barden Bellas are back after their impressive victory in a national a cappella chorus competition, where they proved the strength of girl power over some of the biggest choirs in the country. Beca, Emily, Chloe, Aubrey, Cynthia-Rose, Stacie, Lilly, Jessica and Fat Amy have got bigger fish to fry these days, as they eye up global competition ahead of the daunting international contest. They may have bags of confidence, but as no American chorus has ever managed to land the coveted prize before, it may not be enough to get them through this time. Nonetheless, it's time these girls tested their odds against the greatest collective voices on the planet, even if their new rivals are showing some seemingly matchless talent.

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Nicki Minaj New Song: ‘Pills N Potions’ Is Beautiful And Balladic

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Nicki Minaj has dropped a brand new track via her Soundcloud page called 'Pills N Potions.' The Dr Luke-produced song sees the 'Starships' singer ditch her usual synth pop/aggressive rap blend for something much more melodic and sincere. The heartfelt slow-burner of a track is set to be the lead single from her upcoming album, The Pink Print, which is due out later this year.

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Nicki Minaj Has Dropped A New Song, 'Pills N Potions.'

Rather than being a diss track, 'Pills N Potions' is a very personal tribute to still being in love with someone despite going through hard times, as well as learning to take the good with the bad. "Pills 'n potions, we're overdosin'/I'm angry but I still love you," she sings before rising into a chorus of echoey "I still love" repetitions.

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'Rio 2' Premiere

Ester Dean - 'Rio 2' premiere at Fontainebleau Miami Beach - Miami Beach, Florida, United States - Friday 21st March 2014

'The Avengers' And 'Pitch Perfect' Became 2013 MTV Movie Awards Biggest Winners (Photos)

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Samuel L. Jackson, Tom Hiddleston, Joss Whedon and Chris Evans at MTV Movie Awards
Samuel L. Jackson, Tom Hiddleston, Joss Whedon and Chris Evans at Mtv Movie Awards

The 2013 MTV Movie Awards relived some of our favourite movie moments from the past year as the most entertaining actors were presented their well-deserved awards.

With flicks such as 'The Avengers', 'Django Unchained' and 'Pitch Perfect' keeping us firmly in our seats at the movie theatre over the past 12 months, we couldn't have expected anything less to come of this year's MTV Awards. Movie of the Year understandably went to Joss Whedon's Marvel blockbuster 'The Avengers' and Whedon was there to collect the accolade alongside the film's stars Samuel L. Jackson, Tom Hiddleston and Chris Evans. The Best Musical Moment award was collected by the cast of comedy musical 'Pitch Perfect' - Anna Kendrick, Rebel Wilson, Anna Camp, Brittany Snow, Alexis Knapp, Ester Dean and Hana Mae Lee - while Rebel also picked up the award for Breakthrough Performance. 

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2013 MTV Movie Awards Press Room

Ester Dean - 2013 MTV Movie Awards held at Sony Pictures Studios - Press Room - Los Angeles, CA, United States - Sunday 14th April 2013

Winners of Best Musical Moment Award the cast of
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Los Angeles Premiere Of 'Pitch Perfect' At ArcLight Hollywood - Arrivals

Ester Dean and Jason Moore - Ester Dean, Jason Moore Tuesday 25th September 2012 Los Angeles premiere of 'Pitch Perfect' at ArcLight Hollywood - Arrivals

Pitch Perfect Trailer

Beca is a fairly aloof music lover who arrives at Barden University as a freshman apathetically unable to fit into any sort of clique on campus. She is approached by the leaders of an a capella girls singing group, The Bellas, who ask her if she would like to join. Beca declines insisting that she doesn't sing, however she is soon discovered by one of the leaders whilst she belts out some tunes in the shower and is almost forcibly dragged onto the team. The singing group turns out to be an odd mix of weird kids, mean ones and dumb but nice girls who all create the most amazing sound when bundled together for a song session; Beca fits into the diversity pretty easily. The group set out to compete against their counterparts, a formidable male singing group, in a college contest.

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