The title song for the 22nd James Bond film "Quantum
of Solace" has been confirmed as "Another Way
To Die" by Jack White and Alicia Keys
"Another Way To Die"
29th July 2008
The title song for the 22nd James Bond film "Quantum
has been officially confirmed as "Another Way To Die" written
and performed by Jack
White of the rock band The White Stripes
and singer Alicia
Keys. The duo were rumoured, individually,
in previous news coverage on MI6.
Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli, producers of the highly
anticipated 22nd James Bond adventure "Quantum of Solace," announced
today that multi-Grammy Award-winning and platinum selling recording
artists Jack White of the rock band The White Stripes, and Alicia
Keys, have recorded the theme song for the film, which will be
released worldwide this November. Their song, written and produced
by Jack White, and titled "Another Way to Die," will
be the first duet in Bond soundtrack history. In addition to
writing the song,
Jack White is also featured as the drummer on this track. The
soundtrack to "Quantum of Solace" will be released
by J Records on October 28, 2008.
Daniel Craig reprises his role as Ian Fleming's
James Bond 007 in "Quantum of Solace," the Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Pictures/Columbia Pictures release of EON Productions'
22nd adventure in the longest-running film franchise in
motion picture history. The film is directed by Marc Forster.
The screenplay is by Neal Purvis & Robert Wade as well
as Paul Haggis and the film's score will be composed by
David Arnold. Wilson and Broccoli said: "We are delighted
and pleased to have two such exciting artists as Jack and
Alicia, who were inspired by our film to join together
their extraordinary talents in creating a unique sound
for Quantum of Solace."
One of the most enigmatic figures in music, Jack White
has built a reputation as something of a modern American
man. When Jack White formed The White Stripes with his big
sister Meg in 1997, no one could have predicted the journey
they would take. A love of early delta blues inspired him to
take a minimalist approach to the music, one which included
a simple drumming style
by Meg as well as a red, white and black color scheme for everything
from their stage clothing to their record sleeves.
Above: Jack White
As lead singer, guitarist and songwriter, Jack has steered the
duo to worldwide success. The White Stripes have released 6 critically
acclaimed albums and picked up 5 Grammy Awards, including 3 for "Best
Alternative Album": "Elephant" (2004), "Get
Behind Me Satan" (2006) & "Icky Thump" (2008).
They are also the recipients of 4 MTV Video Music Awards and
2 Brit Awards, including the 2004 award for "Best International
Group". Their hit singles include "Fell In Love with
A Girl" (2001), "Seven Nation Army" (2003), and "Icky
Thump" (2007). The band is hugely popular all over the world
and 2007 saw them perform at arenas across the U.S. and Europe,
including a sold out stop at New York City's famed Madison Square
Garden. In 2005, White formed a second band, The Raconteurs, with
Brendan Benson, Jack Lawrence and Patrick Keeler. Described as "a
new band of old friends," The Raconteurs first single, "Steady,
As She Goes" was an immediate success and their debut album, "Broken
Boy Soldiers," went on to debut at #7 in the Billboard Album
Charts and was nominated for 2 Grammy Awards.
Above: Alicia Keys
The band toured the world and wound up
their 2006 touring schedule playing dates across the U.S.
with Bob Dylan.
White and Dylan's mutual appreciation has resulted in several
guest performances together. The Raconteurs' sophomore
album, "Consolers Of The Lonely" (2008), also
debuted at #7 and spawned the hit single "Salute Your
Solution." White has managed to work with both of
his bands simultaneously since 2005, currently working
with each on an annual rotation.
While renowned around the globe as a rock performer and
songwriter, White is also an award winning record producer
and mixer. He
has produced all of The White Stripes and Raconteurs recordings
to date (the latter with Brendan Benson) and, in 2004, helmed
Loretta Lynn's Van Lear Rose album. In addition to producing
the album, White put together Lynn's band for the recording sessions
(which included the rhythm section of The Raconteurs) and appeared
himself on guitar and vocals, including the duet "Portland,
Oregon" which won the 2005 Grammy for "Best Country
Collaboration With Vocals." Van Lear Rose was awarded the
Grammy for "Best Country Album."
White has appeared in a handful of movie roles, including the
Academy Award winning 2003 film Cold Mountain. Director Anthony
Minghella cast White as Georgia Thewes on the advice of musical
director T Bone Burnett. White's role was a musical one and he
performed several of the movie's Appalachian songs. In the same
year, both members of The White Stripes appeared in director
Jim Jarmusch's Coffee & Cigarettes.
Jack and Meg White played themselves in the vignette titled "Jack
Shows Meg His Testla Coil." In 2006, the duo appeared again
in an episode of The Simpsons titled "Jazzy And The Pussycats." In
2007, White made a cameo as Elvis Presley in the Judd Apatow
produced comedy, Walk Hard, and in 2008, he performed on stage
in New York City with The Rolling Stones for a scene in Martin
Scorceses' documentary, Shine A Light. White, along with Jimmy
Page and The Edge, are featured in Davis Guggenheim's forthcoming
electric guitar documentary, It Might Get Loud, to be theatrically
released later this year. White is the head of his own record
label, Third Man Records, which releases both The White Stripes
and The Raconteurs around
Grammy Award-winning, multi-platinum recording artist Alicia
Keys has changed the face of popular music since she burst onto
the scene in 2001. Keys third studio album, "As I Am," marked
another milestone recording in the young entertainer's career
with over 742,000 units sold during its first week of release.
In addition, "As I Am" marks Alicia's fourth #1 debut
on the Billboard Top 200 chart and her biggest sales week to
date. Upon the November 2007 release of "As I Am",
Alicia held the prestigious title as the biggest debut for a
female R&B artist in SoundScan history, and the highest selling
debut for a female artist since 2004. "As I Am" spawned
the hit single "No One" which won two Grammy Awards
in 2008 for Best R&B Song and Best Female R&B Vocal Performance.
Additionally, Keys received four awards at the 2008 NAACP Image
Awards, was honored at the first annual BET Honors ceremony,
and recently received the 2008 BET Award for Best R&B Female
Artist. Enjoying one of the most successful periods in her career
with over 5 million copies of "As I Am" sold worldwide,
Keys kicked off the "As I Am" Tour presented by Lexus
in February 2008 with sold out shows for both the European and
US portions of the tour.
Keys will soon be seen opposite Dakota Fanning, Jennifer Hudson
and Queen Latifah in Fox Searchlight's adaptation of Sue Monk
Kidd's best selling novel "The Secret Life of Bees" which
will release on October 17th. Keys made her motion-picture debut
in Joe Carnahan's "Smokin' Aces" as Georgia Sykes,
a stunning street assassin. She also appeared in the big screen
adaptation of the best selling book "The Nanny Diaries," opposite
Scarlet Johansson, Laura Linney and Paul Giamatti. Keys recently
signed a multiyear first-look film production deal at Disney.
Keys first appeared on the music scene in June 2001 with her
debut album, "Songs In A Minor", on Clive Davis' J
Records. The album debuted at the top of the Billboard 200 Chart,
selling over 235,000 copies in its first week, and went on to
sell more than 10 million units worldwide. Keys' critically acclaimed
sophomore effort, "The Diary of Alicia Keys," was released
in December 2003 and sold over 618,000 copies during its first
week of release in the United States. The album is currently
seven times platinum.
Throughout her career, Alicia has won eleven Grammy Awards,
eleven Billboard Music Awards, three American Music Awards, three
World Music Awards, three MTV Video Music Awards, three MTV Europe
Awards, three BET Awards, fourteen NAACP Image Awards, two Nickelodeon
Teen Choice Awards, seven Soul Train Music Awards, two Soul Train
Lady of Soul Awards, one People's Choice Award, one My VH1 Award
In 2005, Keys also became a New York Times Bestselling author
when she released her first published work, "Tears for Water:
Songbook of Poems & Lyrics by Alicia Keys."
She generously gives her time and energy as an Ambassador and
spokesperson for "Keep A Child Alive," which provides
anti-viral drugs to the millions suffering from AIDS in Africa.
She also works closely with "Frum Tha Ground Up," devoted
to equipping America's youth with the tools essential for achieving
success on all levels, as well as "Teens in Motion," a
non-profit organization created to offer teens the opportunity
to develop their minds and bodies in a safe and secure environment.
Born and raised in New York, Alicia graduated from the Professional
Performance Arts School in Manhattan at age 16.