Bruno Mars isn’t just voicing a character in Rio 2… He’s also performing a single on the animated film’s soundtrack.
The 28-year-old part-Puerto Rican singer performs the track “Welcome Back” on Rio: Music From the Motion Picture, which will be released by Atlantic Records.
In addition to Mars’ single, the soundtrack to the animated musical comedy will include musical numbers from Grammy winner Janelle Monáe; Barbatuques, Andy Garcia and Rita Moreno; and Carlinhos Brown and Nina De Freitas.
It will also include songs from the voice cast, including Anne Hathaway, Jamie Foxx, Kristin Chenoweth and Jesse Eisenberg
Rio: Music From the Motion Picture will be available March 25.
The family-friendly feature returns to Brazil ahead of this summer’s World Cup, with Hathaway, Eisenberg, Foxx and will.i.am reprising their roles as a few of Rio’s colorful feathered inhabitants.
New additions include The X Factor finalist Rachel Crow and NBC Today show news anchor and South American native Natalie Morales.
The story will follow Blu (Eisenberg), a neurotic blue macaw, and Jewel (Hathaway), his free-spirited mate, as well as their three kids. The conflict of the film arises when Jewel expresses her desire to raise the chicks in the Amazon as “real birds” rather than in their current domesticated environment.
Rio 2 hits theaters April 11.
Here’s the complete track listing:
- “What Is Love” by Janelle Monae
- “Rio Rio” by Ester Dean feat. B.O.B.
- “Beautiful Creatures” by Barbatuques, Andy Garcia and Rita Moreno
- “Welcome Back” by Bruno Mars
- “O Vida” by Carlinhos Brown and Nina De Freitas
- “It’s a Jungle Out Here” [Brazilian] by Philip Lawrence feat. Uakti
- “Don’t Go Away” by Anne Hathaway and Falvia Maia feat. Uakti
- “Batucada Familia” by Carlinhos Brown, Siedah Garrett, Jamie Foxx, Rachel Crow, Amy Heidemann, Andy Garcia and Rita Moreno
- “Poisonous Love” by Kristin Chenoweth and Jemaine Clement
- “I Will Survive” by Jemaine Clement and Kristin Chenoweth
- “Bola Viva” by Carlinhos Brown
- “Favo De Mel” by Milton Nascimento
- “It’s a Jungle Out Here” by Philip Lawrence
- “What is Love” by Janelle Monae, Anne Hathaway, Jessie Eisenberg, Jamie Foxx and Carlinhos Brown