Thanksgiving Songs: Music About Food, Giving Thanks, and the Holiday

Songs for Thanksgiving fall into three different categories. First, there are songs recorded explicitly for the holiday. However, there are a lot fewer of these for Thanksgiving then there are for Christmas or Valentine’s Day, so you have to get more creative unless you want to listen to a small subset of songs on repeat. The second Thanksgiving-appropriate category is songs that generally address giving thanks — even if they aren’t specifically geared towards the holiday. The third and most eclectic category is songs about Thanksgiving foods: potatoes, turkeys, and pies. Check out our list of Thanksgiving songs below.

“Groovy Gravy” – Quincy Jones
Before Quincy Jones was the producer behind mega-pop albums like Michael Jackson‘s Thriller, he enjoyed a long career in jazz. Here he finds inspiration in gravy.

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Duncan Jones: Why Warcraft film will not disappoint

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Twenty years ago, even though he didn’t know it, Duncan Jones was starting preparation for the biggest movie of his career so far.
In the mid 1990s Jones, an avid gamer, was immersed in the world of Azeroth in the first Warcraft real-time strategy game, Orcs and Humans.

Cut to 2015, and Jones – now an acclaimed film-maker – has spent almost three years working on the fantasy epic Warcraft: The Beginning that will hit cinemas in June 2016.

“They’ve been trying to make this film for a long time,” he tells the BBC down the line from Los Angeles.

“When I came in I pitched what I thought it should be: essentially a war story where the story is told from both sides and both sides can be empathised with – and that is the film that we made.”

The Warcraft movie has been in development since 2006 when it was first announced by the game developer Blizzard Entertainment. Jones came on board in 2013 after the departure of Sam Raimi who had previously been at the helm.

Jones – the son of David Bowie – and his British producer Stuart Fenegan had already been behind two well-received sci-fi films, cult indie hit Moon and time-travel thriller Source Code. But this $100m fantasy movie is by far their biggest project to date.

Watch Adele crush ‘Hello’ at France’s NRJ Awards

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Hello is already a superhuman showing of Adele’s talent. But wait until you see her do it live.

At this weekend’s NRJ Music Awards in France, Adele sent us all to the other side with a blockbuster performance of her new single.

Even better news—we’ll be able to see even more of her new songs get the live treatment next month, courtesy of the Adele Live in New York City concert special on NBC Dec. 14.

Adele’s new album 25 arrives Nov. 20

‘Spectre’ Box Office: 007 Reasons Why The Gossip Failed To Kill James Bond

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After all the handwringing, doom saying, and speculation, the 24th James Bond adventure ended up opening with an estimated $73 million at this weekend’s box office, which is basically where we all presumed it would end up many months ago. While it’s always a little boring when a big film ends up right where the pre-release tracking predicts it will, this is another example of how much of what we discuss in regards to affecting a given film’s performance really doesn’t matter in the end. So for the Monday morning quarterback post, instead of just making a point to clarify that a $73m debut weekend is pretty darn good for the 24th James Bond movie, I’m going to do something a little different. I am going to discuss (00)7 things that we all obsessed about over the last few months that didn’t make one bit of difference in regards to Spectre‘s debut weekend performance. And without further ado…

001: The behind-the-scenes turmoil:

This one came about back in as a one big piece of information gleaned from that Sony hack situation that unfolded back in December 2014. Gawker dropped a massive post last December detailing basically the entire script along with notes and would-be problems with the film as it headed into production. To wit: The film’s third act had to be rewritten, the preliminary budget had ballooned to around $300 million, Chiwetel Ejiofor was considered for a major role but was replaced by Andrew Scott in order to save money, etc., etc.

‘Spectre’ Earns $73 Million in Debut Weekend

The No. 1 movie in the country is Bond, James Bond.

“Spectre,” the fourth movie to star Daniel Craig as 007, opened in first place this weekend by earning an estimated $73 million.

It’s the second-biggest debut ever for a Bond flick, trailing only 2012’s “Skyfall,” which raised $88.4 million dollars in its first weekend.

Charlie Brown, Snoopy and the rest of the Peanuts gang did pretty well, too. “The Peanuts Movie” opened in second place, taking in $45 million.

The previous box office champ, “The Martian,” rounded out the top three.

Does country music need another Taylor Swift?

Maddie Marlow (L) and Tae Dye of the duo Maddie and Tae arrive at the 48th Country Music Association Awards in Nashville, Tennessee November 5, 2014.

Maddie Marlow (L) and Tae Dye of the duo Maddie and Tae arrive at the 48th Country Music Association Awards in Nashville, Tennessee November 5, 2014.

Taylor Swift officially left the country music world behind in Aug 2014 when she announced her first pop album “1989.” But that hasn’t stopped the genre from clinging on to the singer even as recently as Sunday when Swift was awardedher 7th Songwriter/Artist of the Year Award at the 45th Nashville Songwriters Association’s annual gala dinner.

Both Swift and the country music industry remember all that the singer did for the genre. The 25-year-old’s songwriting skills left her with hit after hit and her tunes played on both country and pop radio stations, bringing thousands of new fans to country music.

“Taylor [is an artist] that broke through and crossed over into the mainstream,” host and executive producer of “CMT After MidNite” and “CMT Radio Live” Cody Alan told FOX411 Country. “We have other artists [in country] that have done similar things…it all comes down to good music.”

Katy Perry Sings With Christian Nu-Metal Band P.O.D.

In response to other websites categorizing Katy Perry as a “backup singer” in reference to her collaboration with P.O.D., the band’s Marcos Curiel has shared the following statement with Rolling Stone: “This is revisionist history and disrespectful to our girl Katy who was NEVER a backup singer … We invited her to participate on our record as she was and is still is one of the few pop artists with strong musicianship roots … She paid her dues not as a backup singer but in a van going town to town. This is the problem with music journalism today … Shabby reporting. No research. No history.”

Katy Perry is one of the biggest pop stars of all time — two of her music videos have over a billion views on YouTube and she’s sold millions of albums worldwide. But nearly 10 years ago, she played her biggest stage at the time, on the Tonight Show, not as the solo artist fans know and love, but as a singer with Christian alternative metal band P.O.D. (otherwise known as Payable on Death).

 

Taylor Swift Rocks With Music Legend Mick Jagger in Nashville

NASHVILLE, TN - SEPTEMBER 26:  Singer/songwriters Taylor Swift (L) and Mick Jagger perform onstage during The 1989 World Tour live in Nashville at Bridgestone Arena at Bridgestone Arena on September 26, 2015 in Nashville, Tennessee.  (Photo by John Shearer/LP5/Getty Images for TAS)

NASHVILLE, TN – SEPTEMBER 26: Singer/songwriters Taylor Swift (L) and Mick Jagger perform onstage during The 1989 World Tour live in Nashville at Bridgestone Arena at Bridgestone Arena on September 26, 2015 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by John Shearer/LP5/Getty Images for TAS)

Taylor Swift took the stage at Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena for the second of two concerts there Saturday, and a night after bringing out Steven Tyler and Alison Krauss during the “1989” tour stop, the singer this time welcomed Mick Jagger for a surprise rendition of the Rolling Stones’ “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction.”