November has been a big month for Nikki Reed, and not just because it marks the end of "The Twilight Saga"—the actress also released her first EP with husband, "American Idol" contestant Paul McDonald, titled The Best Part.
The album is already gaining fans among the Hollywood set, including actress Emma Roberts, who took to Twitter today to tell her friend how much she dug the release.
As you probably know, the couple also have a song on the "Breaking Dawn - Part 2" soundtrack, "All I've Ever Needed." Both are available now on iTunes.
If you've already snagged yourself a copy of the soundtrack to "The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2," you might have noticed that there's a strange similarity between the credits on the album, and the cast of the movie: Nikki Reed, who plays Rosalie Hale, shows up in both! Nikki, along with "American Idol"-atrous husband Paul McDonald, penned and performed the song "All I've Ever Needed" —and if you're wondering why, then guess what? She did it for you.
"I just wanted this for the fans, so much," she explained. "I wanted the fans to know how I connected with these films."
"Reached," the ultimate installment in author Ally Condie's best-selling dystopian series, hits bookstore shelves today, and in celebration of the release, Ally compiled a playlist to accompany the finale!
I love making playlists for the books, and it’s one of my favorite ways to interact with readers—it’s fun to hear their responses to the songs on the list! When I was writing "Reached," these are the songs I listened to most. I tried to arrange them a little in the order of the story—which songs seem to fit the beginning, middle, end, etc., but they all work for the whole story. If you’ve seen the playlists for "Matched" and "Crossed," you’ll notice some constants—I can't seem to do without Bruce Springsteen, Regina Spektor, Brandon Flowers/The Killers!
Check the playlist out after the jump!
Earlier this year, Hollywood Crush had the privilege of debuting the music video for "Twilight" actress Nikki Reed and husband Paul McDonald's debut collaboration, "Now That I've Found You"—a song co-written by the cute couple. And as it turns out, the pair have continued to put pen to paper, evidenced by today's announcement that the duo will release a five-song EP, The Best Part.
Nikki and Paul are producing the album through their own indie label, Enzo and Ira Records. The Best Part will be available for download on iTunes.
Click over to MTV News for more on Nikki and Paul's album!
With Election Day less than 24 hours away, Hollywood's hottest are making one final push to encourage young voters to head to the polls. Among them is actor-singer Bryan Greenberg, who is partnering with MTV News to debut his election-inspired track "Generations," off of his upcoming album Everything Changes.
"I didn't want to wait with this song," Bryan told us bright and early this morning via phone. "I just wanted to get it out there."
The song is a battle cry of sorts for a generation Bryan sees as disenfranchised and discouraged. "After 2000, I just sort of noticed when it came down to 537 votes in Florida, I was like, 'Wow, this generation—we just don't care.' Our generation was a little too apathetic for my taste, so I wanted to have people rise up and care and speak their minds."
What better day than Halloween to treat you to a little vampire ear candy, amiright? Though "The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2" soundtrack doesn't drop until next month, MTV has your sneak peek at the video for Green Day's melancholy ballad "The Forgotten"!
The five-minute clip is a mix of scenes from the long-awaited franchise finale and of the band at work and play. And while you'll likely recognize many of the cinematic scenes from previously released trailers, there are a few fresh moments here, including Edward trying to catch up with speeding Bella in the forest and Renesmee sitting at the piano with her dad (aw!).
We're usually winding down come Friday afternoon, but Lea Michele is tuning up in order to record her solo album. The "Glee" star tweeted from inside the studio as she worked on her new music, even finding inspiration in a certain next-door neighbor.
"Best news is that @ddlovato is the room right next door 2 me recording her album! She's so sweet & just gave me such great motivation!" she added.
Between the recently released track list and an enthusiastic endorsement from featured artist Ellie Goulding, there's no doubt that the nearly here "Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2" soundtrack is going to be a perfect fit for the final chapter of our favorite vampire romance—and that's even more impressive considering the inside scoop on songwriting for soundtracks that we got from the fine fellows of Passion Pit. Check it: When we caught up with Nate Donmoyer and Michael Angelakos to ask about their contribution to the music of "Breaking Dawn." Michael revealed that not only did they have to create a song just for the movie, but they had to do it sight unseen.
"You write the song before seeing the film, they don't allow you to see the film," he explained. Which makes it even more amazing that Passion Pit's track, "Where I Come From," is (apparently) eerily perfect for the movie; as Michael said, "I wrote a song about my own experiences, and it just so happened to correlate."
By now, you've likely scoured the artist list for the highly anticipated "The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2" soundtrack more times than Bella's tripped over her two left feet, so we probably don't need to tell you that among the amazing artists featured is Brit singer-songwriter Ellie Goulding, whose "Bittersweet" earned a top spot on the album.
Ellie stopped by the MTV News studio today to talk about that track, which was produced by her boyfriend Skrillex, and her experience with the saga.
"I'm not a Twi-hard but I take it for what it is; it's a cool thing and I can see why there's a huge fanbase," she said. "[And] they choose the best stuff for the soundtrack, so I'm really lucky to be a part of that!"
In case you missed it, the full track listing for "The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2" soundtrack dropped yesterday, and as any fangirl worth her O-negative could have guessed, the album is a mix of high-profile artists (Green Day), indie acts (A Boy and His Kite) and previous players (Christina Perri). Then there's Nikki Reed.
The "Twilight" actress and husband, former "American Idol" contestant Paul McDonald, will contribute the song "All I've Ever Needed" to the album. The actress took to Twitter yesterday to thank fans for their support: "We worked so hard! It's so exciting!" she wrote.
Of course, Nikki isn't the first saga star to bite into one of the movie's soundtracks. That honor goes to everyone's favorite brooding bloodsucker Robert Pattinson, who had not one but two numbers featured in the first installment.