Teen idol Sam Concepcion has recorded his version of "Kung Fu Fighting," which is included in the soundtrack album of the animated film Kung Fu Panda. To be distributed by MCA Music, this makes Concepcion the first local artist to have sung for the Hollywood film company DreamWorks.
Apart being part of the Kung Fu Panda album, Sam's version of the movie's theme song will be played during the end credits of the Philippine run. United International Pictures also produced a music video for the young singer. Mostly shot in a Chinese temple, it features snippets from Kung Fu Panda and computer-generated animation made just for the music video.
"It is a rare occasion for a Hollywood movie to have a local artist sing in the soundtrack album. This is Sam's first international recording break, and he truly deserves it," said Selina de Venecia, United International Pictures' general manager.
Pop superstar Rain also recorded "Kung Fu Fighting" for DreamWorks in Korea. Meanwhile, R&B artist and song producer Cee-lo Green recorded the same song for the U.S. release.
The animated film Kung Fu Panda is about Po the Panda, the laziest animal in all of the Valley of Peace, but accidentally turns out to be the chosen one when enemies threaten their way of life. DreamWorks Animation SKG presents Kung Fu Panda, a Paramount Pictures release featuring the voices of Jack Black, Dustin Hoffman, Angelina Jolie, Ian McShane, Jackie Chan, Seth Rogan, Lucy Liu, David Cross, Randall Duk Kim, James Hong, Michael Clarke Duncan, and Dan Fogler.
Kung Fu Panda opens June 6 in the Philippines. The official soundtrack is available in record stores nationwide only from MCA Music.