Jay-Z Doing Songs for ‘Annie’ Musical
When Jay-Z sampled a song from Annie for his single “Hard Knock Life (Ghetto Anthem)” in 1998, it became the largest hit of his career to date. Now comes news that he’s returning to the musical—in a different capacity.
Emma Thompson is writing and Will Smith is producing a new film version of Annie, set in modern day-day New York, Spin reports—with Jay-Z in charge of music. He’ll write a selection of new tracks for the musical, Thompson told the BBC: “Some songs no one liked, so I ditched them.”
The iconic “Tomorrow” wasn’t among the songs axed, Thompson confirmed: “That’s in, weirdly.” The musical is at the moment set to film in 2013 and star Smith’s 11-year-old daughter Willow.