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'Brokeback Mountain' Soundtrack Saddles Up for Dance Floor

Main Theme Gets Dance Treatment by Top DJs

By (BI) Susanna Daniel

NEW YORK, March 13 -- Gustavo Santaolalla's Academy Award-winning score for the breakthrough American love story, Brokeback Mountain, is getting the dance floor treatment by some of the world's top DJs.

The haunting, guitar-driven score's centerpiece track, "The Wings," has been reworked into three sweeping dance epics by Gabriel & Dresden, Manny Lehman, Tony Moran and Warren Rigg.

Remixes were shipped to major dance club DJs last week and they debut at #1 on Billboard's "Breakout" Hot Dance Club Play chart this week.

The "Brokeback Mountain" soundtrack continues to gather momentum in conjunction with the heavily-honored, groundbreaking film.

More than 300,000 copies have been shipped worldwide and approximately 100,000 have been scanned in the U.S.

The album was #1 on the iTunes Top 100 following its win for Best Song at this year's Golden Globes for A Love That Will Never Grown Old, performed by Emmylou Harris and written by soundtrack mastermind Gustavo Santaolalla with famed lyricist Bernie Taupin.

That same week, the album was #1 on the Amazon Music Chart and #1 on the iTunes Soundtrack Chart. Over 60,000 digital tracks from the soundtrack sold within its first two weeks of release.

The remixers (who were chosen by Ambach-Caplin and Claudia Cuseta at Maxi Promotions) have taken Santaolalla's main theme and created three vastly different versions, each with something to please the most discerning club music fan.

Classically-trained arrangers, Gabriel & Dresden, give the song a lengthy progressive house reworking that honors the heartbreaking, emotional core of the score.

The "Collaboration Mix" by Manny Lehman, Tony Moran and Warren Rigg, lushly reproduces the song into a Balearic house mix.

Manny Lehman's remix takes a more hard-hitting, tribal approach, and is primed for peak-hour "big room" consumption.

A commercial release for the remixes is expected on April 11.

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