Diana Ross ft. Tame Impala today have released the joyous, dance-inducing new single “Turn Up The Sunshine”, from Illumination’s Minions: The Rise of Gru, produced by 2022 Grammy Producer of the Year Jack Antonoff. This unique collaboration for “Turn Up The Sunshine” makes for a winning combination, delighting music fans across the globe. It follows the release of Ms. Ross’ brand-new album ‘Thank You,’ out on Decca Records last year.
This is the first single from the recently announced original motion picture soundtrack for Illumination’s Minions: The Rise of Gru, the new action-comedy from the biggest animated franchise in history, set for release on Friday, July 1 to coincide with the film’s global theatrical release. You can check “Turn Up The Sunshine” below.
Set in the 1970s, Minions: The Rise of Gru tells the origin story of how Gru (Oscar nominee Steve Carell), the world’s greatest supervillain, first met his iconic Minions, forged cinema’s most despicable crew and faced off against the most unstoppable criminal force ever assembled.
The funk-fuelled soundtrack features a star-studded line-up, celebrating a range of dazzling funk, disco and soul classics with brand-new versions of some of the biggest hits of the 1970s from some of today’s hottest talent. From St. Vincent’s new take on Lipps Inc’s 1979 hit “Funkytown” and H.E.R.’s rendition of Sly and The Family Stone’s 1967 smash “Dance to the Music”, to Bleachers version of John Lennon’s 1970 track “Instant Karma!” and Phoebe Bridgers’ interpretation of The Carpenters’ 1972 single Goodbye To Love, every track has been reimagined by each artist with ingenious results.
And of course, Illumination’s Minions themselves star on the album, with their distinctive performance of the classic Simon & Garfunkel 1970s favourite, “Cecilia.”
The soundtrack’s executive producer, Jack Antonoff, is a globally celebrated singer, songwriter and record producer as well as the lead vocalist of rock band Bleachers. As a songwriter and producer, Antonoff, who, in 2021, was credited by the BBC for having “redefined pop music,” has collaborated with the likes of Diana Ross, Taylor Swift, Lorde, St. Vincent, Florence + The Machine, Lana Del Rey, Kevin Abstract and many more. This work has seen Antonoff collect numerous accolades, including six Grammy Awards, most recently winning the 2022 Grammy Award for Producer of the Year.
Both in and out of the cinema, this sun-soaked 70’s inspired soundtrack is guaranteed to have you Gru-ving all summer long.