For the first time since “Thriller,” “Entertainment Tonight” debuted a music video in its entirety Thursday night,with the exclusive world premiere of Oklahoma country music star Blake Shelton’s remake of “Footloose.” The music video is now online and embedded after the break for your convenience.
In the video, Shelton, the reigning Country Music Association Male Vocalist of the Year whose current single “God Gave Me You” is his fastest-rising to date, sings the iconic title song from the upcoming film at a drive-in theater. Clips from the remake are interspersed with the performance.
Of course, “Footloose” was performed for the original 1984 film by music legend Kenny Loggins. For fun, compare Loggins’ original music video to Shelton’s new countrified version after the break.
The Atlantic Records / Warner Music Nashville soundtrack for the remake of “Footloose” is a 12-track album that features eight new songs along with remakes of four of the classic hits from the original soundtrack. Victoria Justice and Hunter Hayes join the album with the movie’s love theme, “Almost Paradise.” The star-studded line-up for the soundtrack also includes new music from Big & Rich, Cee Lo Green, David Banner, Whitney Duncan, Lissie and Zac Brown of Zac Brown Band. Other classic songs featured on the album are “Holding Out For A Hero” by Ella Mae Bowen and “Let’s Hear It For The Boy” by Jana Kramer.
Writer-director Craig Brewer (“Hustle & Flow”) helms a new take of the well-loved 1984 film, which was loosely based on real-life events that happened in 1980 in Elmore City, where students convinced the school board to let them organize the school’s first prom, despite an 80-year-old city ordinance banning public dancing. The Oklahoma farming community marked the 30th anniversary of the first prom last year.
Ren MacCormack (played by newcomer Kenny Wormald, taking on the role that made Kevin Bacon a star) is transplanted from Boston to the small southern town of Bomont, where he experiences a heavy dose of culture shock. A few years prior, the community was rocked by a tragic accident that killed five teenagers after a night out, and Bomont’s local councilmen and the beloved Rev. Shaw Moore (Dennis Quaid) responded by implementing ordinances that prohibit loud music and dancing. Not one to bow to the status quo, Ren challenges the ban, revitalizing the town and falling in love with the minister’s troubled daughter Ariel (Julianne Hough) in the process.
“Footloose” opens in theaters next Friday, Oct. 14.