Remember that sultry dance number of Richard Gere and Jennifer Lopez? Oh, man! Of course, I’m talking about the movie “Shall We Dance?” a romantic comedy where a bored, overworked Estate Lawyer, upon first sight of a beautiful instructor, signs up for ballroom dancing lessons. I love how Lopez describes to Gere about dancing the rumba:

Paulin (Lopez): “The rumba is the vertical expression of a horizontal wish. You have to hold her, like the skin on her thigh is your reason for living. Let her go, like your heart’s being ripped from your chest. Throw her back, like you’re going to have your way with her right here on the dance floor. And then finish, like she’s ruined you for life.”

This song “Santa Maria (del Buen Ayre)” was performed by the Paris-based music group Gotan Project composed of a French, an Argentine and a Swiss. The song comes from the La Revancha del Tango album was featured as the music for the main dance sequence in the 2004 movie. The name of the trio is a play on the name of a famous tango compilation album, the Tango Project, that featured several American classical musicians who came together to record a tango album. Hence, the word “Tango” became “Gotan.”

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The iconic motion picture of the millennium, Notting Hill, got Ronan Keating to record its version for the romantic comedy film starring Julia Roberts and Hugh Grant. The soundtrack was recorded while Keating was still a member of Boyzone. When the single peaked at number one in the UK charts, this led to Keating going solo and releasing his debut solo album Ronan in 2000 which sold 750,000 copies and became one of the top selling albums of the year in the United Kingdom. Several additional songs written by other artists include Elvis Costello’s cover of the Charles Aznavour song “She”, and Shania Twain’s remixed version of “You’ve Got A Way.”

Notting Hill was nominated several times and also won a few awards, including:

  • Audience Award for Most Popular Film at the BAFTAs in 2000
  • Nominated for Outstanding British Film of the year in The Alexander Korda Award
  • Best Performance by an Actor in a supporting role for Rhys Ifans
  • Best Comedy Film at the British Comedy Awards
  • Best Soundtrack at the Brit Awards
  • Best British Film at the Empire Awards
  • Best British Director for Roger Michell at the Empire Awards
  • Best British Actor for Hugh Grant at the Empire Awards
  • Three nominations at the Golden Globes, in the categories
  • Nominated Best Motion Picture – Comedy/Musical at the Golden Globes
  • Nominated Best Motion Picture Actor – Comedy/Musical for Hugh Grant at the Golden Globes
  • Nominated Best Motion Picture Actress – Comedy/Musical for Julia Roberts  at the Golden Globes

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Rachael Lampa was born in Ann Arbor, Michigan; Her father is Filipino and her mother is of Hungarian and Irish descent. “If You Believe” was part of the soundtrack to A Walk to Remember, which was released in early 2002, starring Shane West and Mandy Moore.

Rachael skyrocketed onto the pop scene in 2000 as a mere teenager amassing four number one singles, five more top ten tunes, plus appearances on “The Tonight Show,” “The View,” “Entertainment Tonight,” “E!,” “Extra” and Teen People. Aside from her soundtrack slot on A Walk To Remember, she also got an acting role in Hidden Secrets, a duet with Aaron Neville, plus tour time with Destiny’s Child, Boyz II Men, Nickel Creek, Amy Grant, Vince Gill and even Jordin Sparks (as a supporting singer on her stints alongside The Jonas Brothers and Britney Spears), and the powerhouse vocalist/songwriter became an internationally recognized face in less than a half decade.

But Lampa practically disappeared from public eye at the peak of her career after a greatest hits album in 2006. According to her web site, the time away was just to recharge her understandably overworked batteries and plot her next creative step, which manifests itself in a yet-to-be-titled fall 2011 release. This led to a partnership between management company Black Fuel Music (which also includes Warner Music’s Group 1 Crew, Shonlock and EMI’s Hyland and Ryan Stevenson), while her forthcoming CD will hit physical and digital stores via Universal Music.

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