Children of the ’80s have been bracing themselves for Jem and the Holograms since the film adaptation of the animated series was announced last March. Now the film (and its soundtrack) are finally arriving this month. Jem and the Holograms brings the story of Jerrica Benton (AKA Jem) to 2015 and is being directed by Jon M. Chu of Never Say Never (yes, the Bieber movie) fame, with Aubrey Peeples (no, not Plaza) as Jem herself. With a time jump of 27 years, there were bound to be some changes to the story – no “Showtime, Synergy!” or actual holograms, but YouTube era stardom and costumes more reminiscent of early Lady Gaga than Madonna. Catapulted into fame, Jem and the Holograms have to deal with everything that comes with their newfound prominence.
Story changes also mean sound changes – say goodbye to ’80s glam-pop and hello to today’s sleek, made-for-top-40 sound. According to the official press release, the soundtrack is being released the same day as the movie – Oct. 23, via Universal Pictures, School Boy and Republic Records. The album is made up of 13 tracks, with 7 songs coming from Jem and the Holograms themselves. The rest is rounded out by artists like Ida Maria, Hailee Steinfeld, Marian Hill, and Dawin. Even Hilary Duff makes an appearance via a collaboration with Jem and the Holograms on the album’s first single, “Youngblood.” Only time will tell if the film and soundtrack end up being “truly outrageous” or truly terrible. Check out the full tracklist below.
1. Hilary Duff and Jem & The Holograms – Youngblood
2. Jem & The Holograms – Hit Me Up
3. Jem & The Holograms – Alone Together
4. Ida Maria – Cold Blooded
5. Serebro – Mi Mi Mi
6. Jem & The Holograms and Rio Pacheco – We Got Heart
7. Jem & The Holograms – Youngblood
8. Hailee Steinfeld – Love Myself
9. Hayley Kiyoko – Movie Star
10. Jem & The Holograms – The Way I Was
11. Dawin – Life Of The Party
12. Jem & The Holograms – I’m Still Here
13. Marian Hill – Got It