Rock to the Rhythm of RIO 2: Amazing Music and Soundtrack #Rio2

I can’t rave enough about the amazing music of Rio 2. Rio 2 swoops into theaters everywhere today and I promise you’ll love this family movie — and you’ll leave the theater wanting to buy the soundtrack. The vibrant music in Rio 2 is part of the fabric of the film as it transports guests to the Amazon along with Blu and Jewel during their adventure in the jungle. My 8 year old Kenzie and I thought the music was FANTASTIC. 

The movie opens with the tune, “What is LOVE,” by Janelle Monae and personally we found this song to be INCREDIBLY catchy. After we saw the premiere we couldn’t stop humming it.

Then, at the after party for the premiere, we were wowed with the giant surprise of having Janelle Monae, upcoming pop star perform the song “What is Love” live for the very first time.

She ROCKED the house and we were all dancing away and I admit to singing along with her as we were swept away by her live performance.

Rio 2 Janelle Monae

“What is Love” Song Lyrics from Rio 2

I suspect you or your kids will be obsessing over the “What is Love” tune after you see Rio 2 – there is just something about the beat and words of this song that is resonating with everyone.

If you’re like us and can’t stop singing “WHAT IS LOVE????”, here’s a handy video with the lyrics to the tune. 8 year old Kenzie plays it again and again!

And the music doesn’t stop with this opening hit number. The entire Rio 2 film includes a handful of rocking tunes as Blu, Jewel, and the gang hit the jungle. I found each and every song irresistibly appealing and entertaining, not to mention this time around, Rio 2 incorporates hot stars like Bruno Mars into the voice talent.

Bruno Mars will make your swoon in Rio 2 as he rocks as the hunky Roberto, a past flame of Jewel from her life in the jungle before meeting Blu.

Rio2-BrunoMars as Roberto

Rio 2 Soundtrack

The Rio 2 song list is fantastic. Bruno Mars, Janelle Monae, Kristin Chenoweth and more!

1. What Is Love Janelle Monáe
2. Rio Rio Ester Dean (Featuring B.o.B)
3. Beautiful Creatures Barbatuques, Andy Garcia, and Rita Moreno
4. Welcome Back Bruno Mars
5. Ô Vida Carlinhos Brown and Nina de Freitas
6. It s A Jungle Out Here (Brazilian) Philip Lawrence (Featuring UAKTI)
7. Don t Go Away Anne Hathaway and Flávia Maia
8. Batucuda Familia Carlinhos Brown, Siedah Garrett, Jamie Foxx, Rachel Crow, Amy Heidemann, Andy Garcia, and Rita Moreno
9. Poisonous Love Kristin Chenoweth and Jemaine Clement
10. I Will Survive Jemaine Clement and Kristin Chenoweth
11. Bola Viva Carlinhos Brown
12. Favo De Mel Milton Nascimento
13. It s A Jungle Out Here Philip Lawrence
14. What Is Love (Cast) Janelle Monáe, Anne Hathaway, Jesse Eisenberg, Jamie Foxx, and Carlinhos Brown

Official Rio 2 Movie Synopsis

Blu and Jewel are back for an all new adventure in Rio 2!

The entire cast of the animated smash RIO returns in RIO 2, and they are joined by a new flock of top actors and musical talents. Rich with grandeur, character, color and music, RIO 2 finds Jewel (Anne Hathaway), Blu (Jesse Eisenberg) and their three kids leaving their domesticated life in that magical city for a journey to the Amazon. They encounter a menagerie of characters who are born to be wild, voiced by Oscar nominee Andy Garcia, Oscar/Emmy/Tony-winner Rita Moreno, Grammy winner Bruno Mars, and Tony winner Kristin Chenoweth.

Starring the voices of Anne Hathaway, Jesse Eisenberg, Will i am, Jemaine Clement, Tracy Morgan, Leslie Mann, George Lopez, Rodrigo Santoro, Andy Garcia, Rita Moreno, Natalie Morales, Kristin Chenoweth, and Jamie Foxx.

Directed by: Carlos Saldanha

Produced by: John C. Donkin, Bruce Anderson

RIO 2 hits  theaters April 11th

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Note: Our travel expenses were paid for by 20th Century Fox. As always, all thoughts and opinions are our own. 

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