Your Heart Won't Go On

Tunes like Dion's Titanic ballad not having time of their life as directors opt for old hits
By Neal Colgrass,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 11, 2007 4:12 PM CST
Burt Bacharach at the Mentor Foundation's Global Celebration Gala in this undated photo.   (Getty Images)
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(Newser) – Anyone heard Hollywood's radio silence lately? Movie tunes like "My Heart Will Go On," "Up Where We Belong," and "(I've Had) The Time of My Life" aren't ruling the airwaves like before. And star directors like Cameron Crowe and Wes Anderson are opting for known tunes to carry their flicks. Why? It starts with radio's splintering over the past decade, AP reports.

The radio biz has broken into so many genres that stations are hard put to find "the right song," says a Sirius DJ. Plus tastes have changed, says one singer-songwriter. "It's impossible today to imagine a songwriter like Burt Bacharach" penning a hit theme song anymore, she says. "Maybe if 50 Cent did the theme for some big romantic comedy." And there's the money: Beatles tunes can cost hundreds of thousands.