One detail I didn't have room to include in last weekend's Arts & Books feature on the soundtrack to
In an interview Luhrmann said he hadn't met the rapper before "Gatsby" star
"Leo said, 'Hey, Jay's up at the Mercer [Hotel] -- let's go see him,'" Luhrmann remembered. "So we get there, and he's in a small suite with a producer, a recording deck about the size of a coffee table and a microphone with one of those vocal guards on it. He says, 'Gimme a second,' and then he does the line about 'lies on the lips of a priest' from 'No Church in the Wild.'"
Lurhmann said he and DiCaprio spent the rest of the evening at the Mercer, with Jay-Z playing them other songs from "Watch the Throne." "And eventually we start talking about the movie," the director continued. "I told him I wanted the audience to experience 'Gatsby' not nostalgically but more in the moment. And just as I was about to say, 'I wonder if you'd be interested...,' he said, 'We've got to do it.' It's been a true partnership ever since."
Now that partnership is set to pay impressive dividends: Billboard reported early Saturday that the "Gatsby" soundtrack -- with new music by Jay-Z, Beyoncé,
"Golden," the latest from the country trio Lady Antebellum, is expected to take the top spot, though "Gatsby" was at No. 1 on