Janelle Monae, Bruno Mars, Ester Dean and B.o.B. are all featured on the soundtrack to Rio 2. The entire OST is now streaming freely via SoundCloud.
Monae kicks things off with the funky "What Is Love," while Bruno Mars adds "Welcome Back." Dean and B.o.B. team up for the titular "Rio Rio."
"We wanted to show the diversity of Brazilian music," executive producer Sergio Mendes tells Billboard.
"This is almost a traditional musical," added Kevin Weaver, president of film and television music at Atlantic Records Group. "Many of the characters perform on camera. I think there is definitely more of an appetite for animated films that are music-heavy and are very good. Everyone should keep an eye on them."
The Rio 2 soundtrack hits stores March 25. The film hits theaters April 11.
by RTT Staff Writer
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