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Ghostbusters (song)

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  • 2 Official Recordings
  • 3 Official Releases
  • 5 Musicians
  • 8.1 Pop Culture
  • 8.2 Huey Lewis Controversy
  • 9 External links
  • 10 References
  • 11.1 Videos
  • 11.2 Overall
  • 11.3 Music Video
  • 11.4 "Girls Are More Fun" Music Video Screens
  • 11.5 Unreleased Updated Music Video
  • 11.6 IDW Comics

History [ ]

After test screenings in early 1984, Ivan Reitman wanted a song about 20 seconds in length at the beginning of the movie when Peter and Ray enter the New York City Public Library . [1] Reitman simply wanted a song that said "Ghostbusters" in it. Columbia Pictures spent a lot of money to have different musicians, including Lindsey Buckingham of Fleetwood Mac and Kenny Loggins, write songs to be considered as the main song for the Ghostbusters movie, but could not find one that they liked. Reitman didn't like any songs he got back either. [2] [3] Peter Aykroyd, Dan Aykroyd 's younger brother, connected Ivan Reitman with Glenn Hughes and Pat Thrall. Bill Murray didn't like their attempt. Murray wanted NRBQ. Hughes and Thrall tried again. [4] [5] None the demos submitted in 1983 from Pat Thrall and Glen Hughes were used for the movie. [6] They did use the Pat Thrall and Glenn Hughes song for the film's ShoWest exhibitor reel. [7] [8] R&B artist Ray Parker, Jr. happened to be dating a woman who was working for Gary LeMel, an old music industry friend. Parker knew LeMel because he used to play guitar on Barry White's records. Gary LeMel, had suggested that he try his hand at writing a song for the film. It was described as a Ghostbusters theme song opening number for a 20 second segment at the end of the first library scene. [9] [10] In place of a music supervisor on the movie, the head of the music department at Columbia Pictures introduced Ray Parker Jr. to Reitman and co-producer Joe Medjuck . Producer Clive Davis who ran Arista at the time didn't want Parker singing a song about ghosts. Parker's forte was songs about romancing women. Davis took a lot of convincing.

The catch was that the song was needed in two to three days since the film due to be released soon. [11] [12] The movie producers wanted a song people could sing along with - without "too much meaning". The hardest task for Parker was coming up with a rhyme for "Ghostbusters". [13] He was half-asleep one night and saw an exterminator commercial on TV. He realized he could frame the song as a commercial and have the chorus scream "Ghostbusters" instead of having to do something conventional like rhyming it. [14] [15] The next day, he finished recording and submitted a cassette tape with just under one and half minutes of the song to Reitman. A short time later, Reitman called Parker at 3:30 or 4:30 in the morning praising the song. Reitman pushed for the 20 second intro song to be made into a single backed by a music video.

Official Recordings [ ]

These are official recordings of the song by Ray Parker Jr. that have been released to the public by Arista and Sony. Runtimes listed are the official runtimes as listed on the record singles, images of most can be found in the Gallery section below. Some sources list a runtime that is a second or two different, so runtimes are listed as a guide and not meant to be 100% exact.

It should also be noted that a few of the 7"/45-rpm records list a 3:45 "regular" version and a 4:07 "Instrumental" version, but that may be an error. No other versions of the "regular" and "instrumental" versions are so short. Maybe the two songs were sped-up for jukebox play. Until it can be proved if that's the case, or not, they are not being listed below but will be noted in this paragraph.

  • Album Version/7" Version/Short Version (4:04) - available on the Soundtrack album and just about every released single.
  • Instrumental Version (4:48) - available on the Soundtrack album and the 30th anniversary record single.
  • Extended Version/12" Single Remix (6:08) - available on several record singles, Ray Parker Jr.'s "Chartbusters" album, and the 2006 reissue of the soundtrack album.
  • Searchin' For The Spirit Remix (5:19) - available on the Searchin' For The Spirit/Dub Instrumental Version record single. [16]
  • Dub Version (5:35) - available on the 30th Anniversary record single.
  • Dub Instrumental Version (5:30) - available on the Searchin' For The Spirit/Dub Instrumental Version record single. [17]
  • 2009 Re-Recording (3:42) - available on the Atari Ghostbusters: Sanctum of Slime website for a limited time in 2011. [18] Do note that the original Atari MP3 has ID3 data that gives a "2007" date, which either means that this version was recorded two years before it debuted to the public, or the 2007 date could simply be a mistake. [19] )

Official Releases [ ]

Music video [ ].

The Times Square scene for the music video was shot in the last week of May 1984. [20] Like many movie soundtrack videos, it uses both a recreation of the concept of the movie and actual clips from the movie. However, its an interesting music video as many actors (many of which didn't appear in the Ghostbusters film) show up singing the song in little bit cameos. The lead is singer Ray Parker Jr. and lead actress is Cindy Harrell .

The music video was recorded at A&M Studios in Hollywood without a proper director. Ivan Reitman sort of just took over directing it. The set of the haunted house was still being constructed up to when filming started. An old shooting technique of painting on glass then shooting through the house created the drawn look. After the painter started, Reitman set up the camera and the video was shot. Parker was a little concerned about looking silly as a singing ghost but Reitman ran with the concept and recruited celebrity cameos. Some cameos were favors that were called in. Teri Garr just filmed "Tootsie" with Bill Murray . Reitman, Medjuck and a small crew went to where "Brewster's Millions" was shooting, made their way past security, and had John Candy shoot his cameo between takes. While filming "No Small Affair" at Burbank Studios, George Wendt filmed his cameo for free during a lunch break. He later got in trouble with the Screen Actors Guild for that arrangement but was merely told not to do so again.

For the ending of the music video, the crew blocked off Times Square at the same time the press junket for the movie took place in New York. The scene was not planned and essentially shot for a day with no permit. On a Friday afternoon at 1 pm, Parker filmed with Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd , Harold Ramis , and Ernie Hudson in character as his backup singers. Murray did an impromptu breakdancing routine. Parker improvised and helped spin Murray around. Since the actors in the music video weren't paid for their appearance, the video could not appear in home video releases for the film.

Cast from Film This doesn't include actors that appear in clips from the film.

  • Bill Murray
  • Dan Aykroyd
  • Harold Ramis
  • Ernie Hudson

Cameo non-film

  • Chevy Chase
  • Melissa Gilbert
  • Ollie E. Brown [21]
  • Carly Simon
  • Danny DeVito
  • George Wendt
  • Jeffrey Tambor

Musicians [ ]

  • Ray Parker, Jr. - vocals, guitar
  • Louis Johnson – bass
  • Greg Phillinganes – keyboards, synthesizer
  • Carlos Vega – drums
  • Everyone who appeared on the movie soundtrack previously tried to submit the theme song. [22]
  • A snippet of the song plays in Ghostbusters in Chapter 01: Start when the logo and title appear, in the montage in Chapter 14: Welcome Aboard , and after Winston Zeddemore declared, "I love this town!" in Chapter 28: Crossing Streams .
  • According to Ivan Reitman, there was plans to do a second commercial as an elaborate MTV music video with the Ghostbusters singing the "Ghostbusters" song (that could actually be played on MTV) but the song wasn't just right until too late in post-production. [23]
  • The famous "shuffle" performed by the guys at the end of the music video was referenced in the end credits of " The Real Ghostbusters ", and again in " Ghostbusters II " for the party Ray and Winston performed at.
  • Danny DeVito, who had a cameo in the music video, was later directed by Ghostbusters director Ivan Reitman in Twins and Junior.
  • The music video is seen and heard on a television at the beginning of Ray Parker, Jr.'s "Girls Are More Fun" music video. Ray tries to convince a woman, played by Irene Cara, that he's really Ray Parker Jr. She sarcastically rebuffs him by saying, "Yeah, and I'm Irene Cara,", and then walks away. At this point, Ray sees the "Ghostbusters" music video on a television and comments, "Hey! That's me!". Irene Cara also made a cameo appearance in the "Ghostbusters" music video. [24]
  • A snippet of the song plays in Ghostbusters II in Chapter 01: Start after Dana Barrett retrieves Oscar from the baby carriage then in the next scene, Ray and Winston dance to and sing the "Ghostbusters" song as a cassette recording plays. They only sing the lyrics "If there's something strange in your neighborhood, who ya gonna call?!" and "And it don't look good."
  • A snippet of "Ghostbusters!" from the song plays in Ghostbusters II in Chapter 28: World is Safe Again when the new painting is revealed.
  • A snippet of "Ghostbusters" plays at the end of Ghostbusters: Afterlife in Chapter 16 prior to the end credits at the 1:52:38 mark.
  • At one point in Ghostbusters: Afterlife, there was going to be a 1960s cover of the Ghostbusters song that was done for the movie by the Menahan Street Band. The children find a 45 single that turns out to be a 1960s song that Ray Parker, Jr. does a cover of that became known as the "Ghostbusters" song. [25]
  • There was a delay in getting Ray Parker, Jr.'s approval to use the "Ghostbusters" song on Extreme Ghostbusters . The crew finally got the okay 30 hours before the first mix was due. [26]
  • It took three years to get the rights to use the song on Ghostbusters: The Video Game . Parker was specific about how much he wanted based on how the song would be used. [27] [28]
  • It cost $80,000 for the song to be used on Ghostbusters: The Video Game. [29]
  • On page 26 of Ghostbusters Volume 2 Issue #20 , the group shot is a nod to a scene in Ray Parker, Jr.'s "Ghostbusters" music video
  • The song appears as a playable song in Just Dance 2014 .
  • The front and back cover of the Ghostbusters: Get Real trade paperback references the Ghostbusters' dance move.
  • Starting with Ghostbusters International #1 , on page 27, the homage to the music video from Volume 2 Issue #20 is reused on the page with the crew's social media links.
  • In panel 2 is Danny DeVito as seen in the "Ghostbusters" music video
  • In panel 8 is Peter Falk as seen in the "Ghostbusters" music video
  • Ghost Jumpers theme song in Chapter 4 of the Ghostbusters (2016 Movie) is a play on the "Ghostbusters" song.
  • On page 7 of Ghostbusters 101 #1 , in panel 4, on the right, is the green disc of the "Ghostbusters" song 30th anniversary edition.
  • Cover B of Transformers/Ghostbusters Issue #5 is a nod to the Times Square song's music video.
  • On page 19 of Ghostbusters Year One Issue #3 , in panel 5, the Ghostbusters dance like how they do in the music video for Ray Parker Jr.'s "Ghostbusters" song.
  • In Ghostbusters: Spirits Unleashed , "Ghostbusters" plays in the opening title sequence.
  • As of October 19, 2023, the famous Ghostbusters dance from the "Ghostbusters" music video was added to the emotives wheel in Ghostbusters: Spirits Unleashed.

Pop Culture [ ]

The song was number one on Billboard's Hot 100.

Parker's "Ghostbusters" and Michael Jackson's "Thriller" were one of the first music videos starring a black music artist to appear on MTV.

The song is responsible for adding the catchphrases "Who you gonna call?" and "I ain't afraid of no ghost" into the pop culture lexicon.

The song has been repeatedly referenced in assorted forms of media.

  • The Huey Lewis Controversy (see below) was directly referenced in a portion of the Webcomic The Adventures of Dr. McNinja , where the titular character is humming the song when suddenly a nearby person screams "I WANT A NEEEW DRUG", and then says that he thought Dr. McNinja "was humming Huey Luis".

Huey Lewis Controversy [ ]

Huey Lewis filed a lawsuit claiming the song sounded too much like Huey Lewis and the News' "I Want a New Drug." Others found the score's synthesizer notes (that were held for several seconds) akin to the chord struck in Gary Numan's "Cars". The lawsuit was settled out of court and the outcome was kept private.

External links [ ]

  • Music video on YouTube

References [ ]

  • ↑ "Who Ya Gonna Call? The Inside Story Of The 'Ghostbusters' Music Video" Screen Crush 6/6/2014
  • ↑ Slash Film "Ray Parker Jr. on the Legacy of 'Ghostbusters', Passing on 'Spaceballs' and His Wild Oscars Performance (Interview)" 9/18/2020 Ray Parker, Jr. says: "The only one I've talked to would be Lindsey Buckingham [of Fleetwood Mac]. I think they had called him to do something. I spoke to him on one of these Zoom calls not too long ago. And I think there was Kenny Loggins and a whole bunch of people they tried. For some reason, no one could come up with a song for that film. What’s interesting is Gary LeMel, who was the vice president of Columbia Pictures at the time, he was 100% sure that I could do it. He knew something that I didn't know."
  • ↑ Greene, James, Jr., (2022). A Convenient Parallel Dimension: How Ghostbusters Slimed Us Forever , p. 51. Lyons Press, Essex, CT USA, ISBN 9781493048243 . Line reads: "Established names were also turning them down. Fleetwood Mac veteran Lindsey Buckingham, author of the bouncy anthem "Holiday Road" for National Lampoon's Vacation, passed on Ghostbusters, citing the desire to avoid soundtrack work as "a repetitive part of my identity." Filming for Ghostbusters wrapped in January 1984, and the months rolled along. As April turned to May, they were still without a suitable piece of music."
  • ↑ Greene, James, Jr., (2022). A Convenient Parallel Dimension: How Ghostbusters Slimed Us Forever , p. 50. Lyons Press, Essex, CT USA, ISBN 9781493048243 . Line reads: "Dan Aykroyd's younger brother Peter was recording an album in Los Angeles around this time and connected Reitman with two of the musicians he was working with, Glenn Hughes and Pat Thrall (who comprised the hard rock duo Hughes/Thrall)."
  • ↑ Greene, James, Jr., (2022). A Convenient Parallel Dimension: How Ghostbusters Slimed Us Forever , p. 50. Lyons Press, Essex, CT USA, ISBN 9781493048243 . Pat Thrall says: "Anyway, Bill Murray didn't like our song. You just think of Bill Murray as a jokester all the time. He was totally the opposite of that at this lunch. He was all business. His whole thing about the theme was he wanted it to be credible, not gimmicky. I think his favorite band was NRBQ. I think he wanted them to do the theme. So we were like, 'Man, we submitted ours, whatever.' Also, the only thing Bill Murray ate through this whole lunch was uni and sake. He was downing sake like crazy, and he had more filming to do. And he was just emphatic about the NRBQ thing."
  • ↑ Soundcloud Pat Thrall "Thrall Ghostbusters Demo 1983" 6/13/2021
  • ↑ LexTheRobot YouTube "My Ghostbusters Pet Peeves #116: Cool Heads Under Fire" 1/29/2020
  • ↑ LexTheRobot YouTube "My Ghostbusters Pet Peeves #116.5: Hughes/Thrall Confirmed!" 2/4/2020
  • ↑ Ray Parker, Jr. (2019). Cleanin' Up The Town: Remembering Ghostbusters (2019) (Blu-Ray ts. 1:01:52-1:02:02). Bueno Productions. Ray Parker, Jr. says: "Part of it came about because I was dating this girl who worked for Gary LeMel. And I knew Gary LeMel from the Barry White days because I did all the Barry White records. I played the guitar."
  • ↑ Ray Parker, Jr. (2019). Cleanin' Up The Town: Remembering Ghostbusters (2019) (Blu-Ray ts. 1:02:03-1:02:14). Bueno Productions. Ray Parker, Jr. says: "Then I got a call from Gary because there was just going to be one segment at the library scene. I think it was 20--20 seconds. Long and they just needed a theme song opening number with the words "Ghostbusters" in it."
  • ↑ MixOnline: Ray Parker Jr. Interview, Sept. 2006
  • ↑ Ray Parker, Jr. (2019). Cleanin' Up The Town: Remembering Ghostbusters (2019) (Blu-Ray ts. 1:02:26-1:02:34). Bueno Productions. Ray Parker, Jr. says: "I think I recorded a minute, 15--20 seconds in 2 and a half days, three days which is all I had."
  • ↑ From Spook Central (Fan Site) : Pop-Up Video version of the music video
  • ↑ Ray Parker, Jr. (2019). Cleanin' Up The Town: Remembering Ghostbusters (2019) (Blu-Ray ts. 1:02:54-1:03:24). Bueno Productions. Ray Parker, Jr. says: "I remember the hardest part was putting the words in song. I remember the part of the Ghostbusters movie where they had this solicitation with a phone number. And the night before I turned in the song, I was half asleep and on the TV comes this in-set commercial of the exterminator guys who are gonna get rid of the insects for you. And if you just close your eyes like this and you're real sleepy, the insect guys look to me like Ghostbusters guys."
  • ↑ Ray Parker, Jr. (2019). Cleanin' Up The Town: Remembering Ghostbusters (2019) (Blu-Ray ts. 1:03:29-1:03:33). Bueno Productions. Ray Parker, Jr. says: "It's a commercial. Who ya gonna call? And the people scream Ghostbusters."
  • ↑ Bay Area Ghostbusters
  • ↑ Ghostbusters News
  • ↑ Spook Central
  • ↑ Greene, James, Jr., (2022). A Convenient Parallel Dimension: How Ghostbusters Slimed Us Forever , p. 53. Lyons Press, Essex, CT USA, ISBN 9781493048243 . Line reads: "The Times Square dance was filmed in the last week of May, three weeks before the movie's release."
  • ↑ From Proton Charging (Fan Site) : Ollie & Jerry: Breakin'... There's No Stopping Us (Back)
  • ↑ Greene, James, Jr., (2022). A Convenient Parallel Dimension: How Ghostbusters Slimed Us Forever , p. 50. Lyons Press, Essex, CT USA, ISBN 9781493048243 . Billy Alessi says: "Everybody who wound up on that soundtrack was fighting for that theme song."
  • ↑ Shay, Don (November 1985). Making Ghostbusters , p. 47 annotation. New York Zoetrope, New York NY USA, ISBN 0918432685 . Ivan Reitman says: "At one point, we planned to do a second commercial for the film -- one that we could work into the montage after they've become famous. I was going to do it as an elaborate MTV music video, with the guys singing the 'Ghostbusters' song -- which we later could have actually played on MTV. Unfortunately, we didn't get the song we liked until late in postproduction, and by that time it was too late to go back and do it."
  • ↑ Ray Parker, Jr.'s "Girls Are More Fun" music video on YouTube
  • ↑ The Oakland Press 2/24/2021 Line reads: "Menahan's members remain busy playing for and producing other artists, but Brenneck -- who's also scored the upcoming documentary "Blood Brothers" -- says the group did some work together during early 2020 in New York, before the pandemic hit, and is also recording a new version of the "Ghostbusters" theme song for "Ghostbusters: Afterlife," due out in June...They have a scene where the kids of the original Ghostbusters find their dads' old (stuff) and a 45 (single) that's, like a 60s version of the 80s 'Ghostbusters' -- as if Ray Parker Jr.'s was a cover of a 60s song. It's a really cool idea, so we cut a 60s-sounding version of 'Ghostbusters' while we were in New York, and it's pretty cool."
  • ↑ Greene, James, Jr., (2022). A Convenient Parallel Dimension: How Ghostbusters Slimed Us Forever , p. 157. Lyons Press, Essex, CT USA, ISBN 9781493048243 . Audu Paden says: "It got down to the wire. We had maybe thirty hours before the first mix was due before we finally got his okay."
  • ↑ Spook Central "Ghostbusters Fan Fest - Ghostbusters: The Video Game Panel" 38:02-38:05 10/4/19 Panelist says: "Getting the rights to that song took all three years."
  • ↑ Spook Central "Ghostbusters Fan Fest - Ghostbusters: The Video Game Panel" 38:20-38:32 10/4/19 Panelist says: "But like he -- he was like really, "What's it going to be used for? If it's in a commercial, I want this much." He wouldn't just grant us the license. We -- everybody had to work hard to get that to work."
  • ↑ Playboy "The Untold Story of the Ghostbusters Video Game that was Almost a Masterpiece" 7/13/16

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Ray Parker Jr Girls Are More Fun01

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(Credit: Ray Parker, Jr.)

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15 things you might not know about the Ghostbusters theme song

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For 32 years, almost everyone has learned the answer to the age-old question: "Who you gonna call?" The iconic theme song for the 1984 film Ghostbusters was written and performed by Detroit artist Ray Parker Jr., and has undoubtedly become his biggest hit. The menacing, upbeat number took on a life of its own after the release of the movie, and lines from the track, including "I ain't afraid of no ghosts," have found a permanent place in pop culture history — including references in American Dad and Anchorman 2 .

A new Ghostbusters film, starring Kristen Wiig, Melissa McCarthy, Leslie Jones and Kate McKinnon, will hit theatres tomorrow and while that film boasts its own new version of the theme song , we wanted to take a look back at the original. Here are 15 facts about Ray Parker Jr.'s original Ghostbusters theme.

1. The song was a number 1 hit

Two months after the release of the film, "Ghostbusters" reached number 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 on Aug. 11, 1984. It stayed at the top of the chart for three weeks.

2. Lindsey Buckingham almost wrote the theme

Rumour has it that the Fleetwood Mac singer and guitarist was approached to write the theme, but he passed on it. Buckingham didn't want to be pegged as a soundtrack artist as he had already written a song for National Lampoon's Vacation the year before.

3. Parker Jr. was 'sort of retired' when he was approached to write this song

Before Ghostbusters , Parker Jr. made a name for himself with a number of hits including " The Other Woman " and " I Still Can't Get Over Loving You " but he had, according to his interview with HLN (below), "sort of retired because my parents had gotten sick." But, he later went to Los Angeles to work with New Edition on the band's song "Mr. Telephone Man" and it was there that Parker Jr. was approached by a friend at Columbia Pictures to write for the Ghostbusters soundtrack.

4. Clive Davis didn't want Parker Jr. to write the theme song

Davis, the founder of Arista Records, was not crazy about the idea of having his artist write the theme song for a film about ghosts. In an interview with Screen Crush , Parker Jr. revealed: "All of my songs are romance songs, so in Clive's defense, we had built an entire career …of me singing to girls. So, all of a sudden, out of nowhere, Clive gets a phone call and I'm singing about a ghost. So, he just thought that was a little strange."

5. There were a lot of theme songs submitted

Before Parker Jr. signed on to write the theme song, Columbia Pictures went through roughly 60 songs that were submitted, and they didn't like any of them.

6. It was supposed to be a short clip, not a full song

When Parker Jr. originally signed on to write music for the film, he was told the theme would only be "20 to 25 seconds long," to soundtrack a scene in the library. When he was told to turn the snippet into a full song, he used a tape machine to splice together a four-minute track.

7. Parker Jr. had a very short deadline

He only had approximately two-and-a-half days to write this song but luckily for him, " Everything just went perfectly. "

8. A TV commercial inspired Parker Jr. to write the theme

According to reports, Parker Jr. had trouble writing the Ghostbusters theme until he saw a commercial on TV that inspired him to write an advertisement jingle, which explains the slogan-like refrain, "Who you gonna call? Ghostbusters!"

9. The music video included 12 famous cameos

In addition to the Ghostbusters stars Dan Aykroyd, Bill Murray, Ernie Hudson and Harold Ramis, the music video for "Ghostbusters" featured cameos of actors shouting "Ghostbusters!" inside a neon frame. These guests were Carly Simon, John Candy, George Wendt, Jeffrey Tambor, Melissa Gilbert, Al Franken, Peter Falk, Teri Garr, Danny DeVito, Chevy Chase, Irene Cara and Ollie E. Brown. None of the actors were paid to appear in the video, instead they were all favours asked by director Ivan Reitman. In fact, the crew made an impromptu visit to the set of John Candy's film Brewster's Millions to get his shot.

10. Parker Jr. almost became an Oscar winner

"Ghostbusters" was nominated for best original song at the 1985 Academy Awards, but lost to Stevie Wonder's "I Just Called to Say I Love You," a song from the 1984 romantic comedy The Woman in Red .

11. Huey Lewis sued Parker Jr. over this song

Lewis was another artist who turned down the opportunity to work on the Ghostbusters theme, but when Parker Jr.'s song came out, Lewis sued for the track's similarities to his song "I Want a New Drug," which was released earlier that same year. The lawsuit was settled out of court but in 2001, Lewis revealed in an interview with VH1's Behind the Music that Columbia Pictures paid Lewis a settlement. Parker Jr. quickly sued Lewis for breaking his confidentiality agreement from that case.

12. It's been covered by a number of artists

Along with thousands of renditions that can be found on YouTube today, artists such as Conor Oberst , Kasabian and Hoobastank (remember Hoobastank?) have covered the Ghostbusters theme.

13. Melissa McCarthy and Kristen Wiig have also put their own spin on the theme

As a joke, McCarthy and Wiig, two stars of the new Ghostbusters , came up with a folk version of the theme song as a way to enrage sexist online trolls who criticized the film's casting of female leads. McCarthy and Wiig were called on by director Paul Feig to perform it on The Graham Norton Show .

14. No, Parker Jr. is not sick of this song

When asked if he was tired of getting approached by people shouting, "Who you gonna call?" Parker Jr. responded , "It's like, am I tired of holding the best lotto ticket of the best thing to ever happen? No." He added, in an interview with HLN , "In my kids' schools, it makes me famous to the young kids."

15. Parker Jr. thinks the new Ghostbusters theme is 'interesting'

In an interview with Inside Edition, Parker Jr. finally revealed his thoughts on the new Ghostbusters theme song performed by Fall Out Boy and Missy Elliott: "Interesting. I'm not going to say it's good or bad," he said, diplomatically. "I'm just going to say well maybe I'm an old guy now and I like it the old way." He added that the film didn't call him to work on the soundtrack, but that he wished he had been contacted to work with the newer artists.

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The Meaning Behind The Song: Ghostbusters by Orlando Pops Orchestra

Ghostbusters, performed by the Orlando Pops Orchestra, is a timeless and iconic song that has captivated audiences for decades. Originally released in 1984 as the theme song for the blockbuster comedy film “Ghostbusters,” it quickly became a pop culture sensation. Written and performed by Ray Parker Jr., the song perfectly captures the fun and excitement of the movie while providing a catchy tune that remains unforgettable.

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The lyrics of Ghostbusters tell the story of a group of supernatural fighters known as the Ghostbusters. The song begins with the chorus, “Who ya gonna call? Ghostbusters!” This line immediately establishes the main theme of the song, emphasizing the Ghostbusters as the go-to solution for all things paranormal. As the song unfolds, it describes the encounter between the Ghostbusters and a malevolent ghost or entity. The lyrics are filled with references to the movie, showcasing the team’s skills and determination to rid the world of these supernatural threats.

As the Orlando Pops Orchestra performs the song, the power and vibrancy of the music complement the lyrics perfectly. The symphony brings the song to life and adds depth and emotion to the overall experience. Each instrument plays a vital role in creating an intricate and memorable melody, truly showcasing the talent and skill of the Orlando Pops Orchestra. The combination of the orchestra’s performance and the catchy lyrics make Ghostbusters an unforgettable theme song that continues to resonate with audiences of all ages.

Frequently Asked Questions about Ghostbusters

1. who wrote the song ghostbusters.

Ray Parker Jr. is the talented musician and songwriter behind the iconic theme song Ghostbusters. His catchy tune and catchy lyrics perfectly capture the essence of the supernatural comedy film.

2. When was Ghostbusters released?

Ghostbusters, both the movie and the theme song, were released in 1984. The film became an instant hit, and the song became an integral part of its success.

3. What inspired Ray Parker Jr. to write Ghostbusters?

Ray Parker Jr. was approached by the film’s producers to create a theme song that would reflect the fun and excitement of the movie. Inspired by the film’s concept and characters, he crafted the catchy Ghostbusters theme song.

4. What instruments are used in the Orlando Pops Orchestra’s performance of Ghostbusters?

The Orlando Pops Orchestra is known for its powerful and dynamic performances. In the Ghostbusters rendition, various instruments such as brass, strings, woodwinds, and percussion come together to create a symphonic sound that adds depth and richness to the song.

5. Is Ghostbusters only associated with the Orlando Pops Orchestra?

No, Ghostbusters is not exclusive to the Orlando Pops Orchestra. The song has been performed and covered by various artists and orchestras over the years. However, the Orlando Pops Orchestra’s rendition is particularly renowned for its captivating and energetic performance.

6. How has Ghostbusters impacted popular culture?

Ghostbusters, as both a movie and a theme song, has had a significant impact on popular culture. It has become one of the most recognizable and beloved songs associated with a film, often being played at parties, events, and even during Halloween celebrations. The catchy tune and memorable lyrics have made it a timeless classic.

7. Are there any remixes or alternate versions of Ghostbusters?

Yes, over the years, various artists and DJs have created remixes and alternate versions of Ghostbusters. These adaptations often add a modern twist to the song while preserving its original charm and essence.

8. What are some memorable lines from the Ghostbusters song?

Aside from the iconic chorus, “Who ya gonna call? Ghostbusters!” some other memorable lines from the song include, “Bustin’ makes me feel good,” and “I ain’t afraid of no ghost.” These lines have become catchphrases associated with the Ghostbusters franchise.

9. How did the song contribute to the success of the Ghostbusters movie?

The Ghostbusters theme song played a significant role in promoting the film and building excitement among potential viewers. Its catchy nature and thematic lyrics perfectly encapsulated the spirit of the movie, becoming an integral part of its marketing and cultural impact.

10. Where can I listen to the Orlando Pops Orchestra’s rendition of Ghostbusters?

The Orlando Pops Orchestra’s performance of Ghostbusters can be enjoyed on various music streaming platforms such as Spotify, Apple Music, and YouTube. It is a must-listen for fans of the movie and symphonic music enthusiasts alike.

These frequently asked questions offer insights into the iconic Ghostbusters theme song and Orlando Pops Orchestra’s performance. Whether you are curious about the song’s origins, instruments used, or its impact on popular culture, this article provides you with a comprehensive understanding of the meaning and significance behind this timeless piece of music. Prepare to be transported into a world of supernatural adventure and catchy melodies as you dive into the captivating world of Ghostbusters.

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Ranking All The Songs from the Ghostbusters Soundtrack


Ghostbusters is a 1984 American supernatural comedy film directed and produced by Ivan Reitman and written by Dan Aykroyd and Harold Ramis. The film stars Bill Murray, Aykroyd, Ramis, Rick Moranis, Sigourney Weaver, Annie Potts, and Ernie Hudson. It follows the Ghostbusters, a team of parapsychologists who start a ghost-catching business in New York City. The soundtrack album for the film was released on June 8, 1984, by Arista Records. The album featured songs performed by Ray Parker Jr., Air Supply, and even The BusBoys.

10. Ghostbusters (instrumental version) by Ray Parker Jr. (1984)

This is the original instrumental version of the iconic Ghostbusters theme song. It was released as a single and peaked at number one on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart for three weeks in 1984. Over the years, the song has been used in numerous films and television shows and has been covered by many artists, including Fall Out Boy, Missy Elliott, and Weird Al Yankovic.

9. Dana’s Theme by Elmer Bernstein (1984)

“Dana’s Theme” is a track from the Ghostbusters soundtrack composed by Elmer Bernstein. The song plays during the scenes where Dana Barrett (Sigourney Weaver) is introduced in the film. The song is a haunting and beautiful piece that perfectly sets the tone for Dana’s character. It’s one of the most underrated tracks on the soundtrack and is worth listening to.

8. Main Title Theme (Ghostbusters) by Elmer Bernstein (1984)

The main title theme for Ghostbusters is one of the most iconic and well-known pieces of music from the 1980s . It was composed by Elmer Bernstein and also performed by her. The song was a huge hit, reaching number one on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in 1984, and It has since been used in numerous films, television shows, and video games.

7. Magic by Mick Smiley (1984)

Mick Smiley’s “Magic” was released as a single in 1984, but it was not included on the Ghostbusters soundtrack album. The song peaked at #5 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and became a top 40 hit in several other countries. Smiley is best known for his work with Prince, and “Magic” was produced by Prince and engineer David Z. The song is a synth-pop track with a catchy hook and danceable beat. The lyrics are about a man trying to woo a woman with magic. Smiley’s vocals are soulful and smooth, and the song features a memorable guitar solo from Prince.

6. Hot Night by Laura Branigan (1984)

If you’re a fan of the Ghostbusters soundtrack, you’ve probably heard Laura Branigan’s “Hot Night” before. The song was released as a single in 1984 and peaked at number five on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. “Hot Night” is a fun, upbeat track that perfectly captures the spirit of the Ghostbusters movie. It is about a group of friends who are out on the town and looking for a good time. The song is sung from the perspective of a woman who is interested in one of the Ghostbusters. She sings about how she hopes to have a hot night with him. Branigan’s vocals are sultry and seductive, and the song features a catchy synth melody. “Hot Night” is one of the most fun and catchy tracks on the Ghostbusters soundtrack. It’s the perfect song to listen to when you’re in the mood for a night out.

5. I Can Wait Forever by Air Supply (1984)

Air Supply is an Australian soft rock duo consisting of singer-songwriter and guitarist Graham Russell and lead vocalist Russell Hitchcock. They had a succession of hits worldwide, including eight Top Ten hits in the United States, in the early 1980s. I Can Wait Forever was released as a single from the Ghostbusters soundtrack in 1984. The song peaked at #5 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in the US, making it Air Supply’s highest-charting single. Lyrically, the song is a power ballad about waiting for love. The narrator tells their loved ones that they don’t mind waiting forever for them, as long as they eventually come back to them.

4. In the Name of Love by Thompson Twins (1982)

This song was released as a single in 1982 and is about a relationship on the verge of collapse. The lyrics talk about how love can make people do crazy things and how it’s worth fighting for. The Thompson Twins were a British new wave band popular in the 1980s. The song is used in the soundtrack during the scene where the Ghostbusters are driving in the Ecto-1.

3. Savin’ the Day by Alessi Brothers (1984)

The Alessi Brothers’ “Savin’ the Day” is the third track on the Ghostbusters soundtrack. The song was written and produced by brothers Bobby and Richie Alessi, and it reached the Top 40 of the Billboard Hot 100 chart in the United States. The song is an uptempo synth-pop track with a catchy hook and positive lyrics about overcoming adversity. The song’s music video featured footage from the Ghostbusters film, and it received heavy rotation on MTV.

2. Cleanin’ Up The Town by The BusBoys (1984)

The title track from the Ghostbusters soundtrack, “Cleanin’ Up The Town,” was performed by The BusBoys and released as a single in 1984. The song peaked at #48 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and has since become one of the most iconic songs associated with the Ghostbusters franchise.

1. Ghostbusters by Ray Parker Jr. (1984)

This song is so iconic and catchy, and it’s hard to believe that it was only released as a single in 1984. Ray Parker Jr. wrote and recorded the song specifically for the film, and it went on to become one of the most successful singles of all time. It peaked at number one on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and won Parker a Grammy Award for Best Male Pop Vocal Performance.

There’s no doubt that Ghostbusters is one of the most iconic and beloved films. And part of what makes it so unique is the fantastic songs on its soundtrack. From Ray Parker Jr.’s catchy title track to Bill Murray’s hilarious rendition of “I Ain’t Afraid of No Ghost,” the Ghostbusters soundtrack is filled with great tunes. So, if you’re a fan of the film, be sure to check out all the songs on the soundtrack. You won’t be disappointed.

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No, do not confuse this Thomas Newman with the composer. But I'm still a music lover nonetheless. You'll catch me mostly writing articles about the artists and bands I love. Maybe some theory. Maybe some analysis. Whatever lands in the world of music is something I'm likely interested in. In particular I'm a huge fan of classic rock and the oldies. Zeppelin are among my favorites and Foghat's "Slowride" is one of my favorite tracks.

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Device orchestra uses just the sounds of common household gadgets to make music.

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An inspired musician can use pretty much anything as an instrument, but this just-in-time for Halloween cover of the Ghostbusters theme song goes in an unexpected direction. Device Orchestra is dedicated to posting music videos recorded solely with the sounds of common household devices. It’s the work of a Finnish YouTuber who’s been creating gadget-powered covers since 2014 (via Wikitubia ). This time, Device Orchestra busted out 14 gadgets for its composition — including electric toothbrushes adorned with googly eyes.

One electric toothbrush with pipe cleaners for arms stands front and center, belting out the familiar chorus in a tone comparable to a musically-inclined bumblebee. It might be the star of the show, but it has plenty of backup.

A line of receipt machines mimics the sound of synths, while another electric toothbrush undulates beneath a white sheet. A typewriter clicks away in the background, accompanied by the buzzing of a body trimmer, a nail polishing device, and an epilator (which is a hair removal tool, in case you didn’t know). And even though the iron doesn’t contribute much to the overall composition, it provides the visual effects, pumping out puffs of steam to achieve a spooky vibe.

This cover is probably more satisfying to listen to than the actual Ghostbusters theme. Hearing how the sounds of each device come together is interesting, yet oddly soothing. The wobbling googly eyes are just an added plus.

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Viral cover band First to Eleven is celebrating the spooky season with their take on the Ray Parker Jr. classic, “Ghostbusters,” releasing a music video that sees the band adorn classic khaki uniforms and asking the age-old question, “Who you gonna call?”

While keeping with the spirit of Parker’s Billboard chart-topper, First to Eleven introduces its own flair, with the most notable distinction arising from lead vocalist Audra Miller. Her unique delivery not only distinguishes it from the 1984 original but also pays tribute to it, ensuring that bustin’ still feels ( and sounds ) good.

A must-add to any fans’ Halloween playlist, the cover is now available through Spotify and Apple Music .

Founded in 2009, First to Eleven has amassed a devoted following by taking your favorite songs and putting a fun extra twist on them with heavy guitar riffs, hard-hitting drums, fun melodies, and mashing up different styles. Popular covers include their take on Guns n’ Roses’ “Sweet Child O’Mine” and Katy Perry’s “E.T.,” while recent uploads have consisted of the Spice Girls and Paramore .

Special thanks to Ghostbusters News reader @GreenspudTrades for being the first to provide the heads-up on today’s headline.

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20 essential songs with one-word titles

What makes a great song title? For artists, they typically want to keep titles as concise as possible to not only capture the song's context, but also make it memorable. There is no better way to do that than to keep a title short and sweet with the least amount of words possible.

One-word song titles highlight how artists can show impact and power with a simple statement. Here is a list of memorable songs throughout the years with one-word titles. 

“Believe” by Cher

In 1998, Cher had nightclubs in a frenzy with her hit song “Believe.” At the time, Cher used auto-tune and became an early rendering of other artists using the vocal effect in their music. On the track, Cher highlights trying to move on after dealing with a heartbreak. As she sings on the hook, "Do you believe in life after love? / I can feel something inside me say / I really don't think you're strong enough, no."

“Fallin’” by Alicia Keys

On Alicia Keys’ debut single “Fallin,’” the singer highlights how people fall in and out love, and how it can take the toll on a person’s emotions. She stresses that people can be either head over heels with someone one day, and then can’t stand the sight of their face the next day. Her stance is evident throughout the track as she sings, "I keep on fallin' in and out of love with you / Sometimes I love ya, sometimes you make me blue." 

“Grenade” by Bruno Mars

Bruno Mars is willing to put his life on the line for the person he loves on his 2010 single “Grenade.” Mars knows he gives his all in the relationship, however he knows his partner wouldn’t do the same for him. So although he loves his partner, the song is a bit heartbreaking that he doesn’t feel the same love in return. 

“Umbrella” by Rihanna

Rihanna’s third album Good Girl Gone Bad brought a new look and sound for the singer. The album was helmed by lead single “Umbrella,” a track written by Tricky Stewart and The-Dream. “Umbrella” finds Rihanna showing her relentless support for someone she deeply cares about. It’s evident on the hook as she sings, “Now it’s raining more than ever / Know that we’ll still have each other / You can stand under my umbrella.” 

“Despacito” by Luis Fonsi feat. Daddy Yankee

In 2017, there was no escaping the Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee hit “Despacito.” When they added Justin Bieber to the remix, it took the song to even more massive success. “Despacito” is all about having a sexual relationship with someone, in a slow and sensual way.

“If” by Janet Jackson

On Janet Jackson’s 1993 single “If,” the singer expresses seeing a guy at a club and is having erotic fantasies about him. As she sings on the hook, “If I was your girl, oh, the things I’d do to you / I’d make you call out my name, I’d ask who it belongs to.” The song and music video helped showcase Jackson’s more edgier and sensual side. 

“Circles” by Post Malone

Post Malone brings a smooth pop-rock ambiance to his 2019 hit single “Circles.” On the track, Malone expresses how he and his partner are constantly going through a repeated cycle of ups and downs, when in reality, they should probably end the relationship completely. 

“Irreplaceable” by Beyonce

Beyonce is telling her ex-partner that she can find another man in no time on her 2006 single “Irreplaceable.” Sometimes people can be so full of themselves that they think they’re greatest catch, but Beyonce is ready to bring her ex-partner back down to earth. Basically, one shouldn’t always toot their own horn when there’s always going to be someone better. 

“Ghostbusters” by Ray Parker Jr.

Sometimes the music from a soundtrack is just as iconic as the film it derives from, which is the case for Ray Parker Jr.’s song “Ghostbusters,” the theme song to the film of the same name. While the film’s plot highlights three individuals starting a ghost-catching business, Parker makes sure to add the theme into his song as well. It’s evident from the beginning of the track as he sings, “If there’s something strange in your neighborhood / Who you gonna call? / Ghostbusters.” 

“Dynamite” by BTS

There's no doubt that K-pop continues to grow across markets worldwide, and pop group BTS is just one element of the genre's ascension. The band's hit single "Dynamite" took over the charts in 2020 and it's the type of song that easily sparks joy and positive vibes for any listener. 

"Yeah!” by Usher feat. Lil Jon and Ludacris

Usher teamed up with Lil Jon and Ludacris on his hit 2004 track “Yeah!,” the lead single to his fourth album Confessions. Using the distinct crunk production from Lil Jon, “Yeah!” became not only a radio hit, but an essential party record at clubs everywhere. Not only did “Yeah!” peak at the No. 1 spot on the Billboard Hot 100 for three months, it’s still a fan favorite whenever Usher performs the track.

"Foolish” by Ashanti

On Ashanti's debut single "Foolish," she reflects on being silly in love. A topic like that is one that plenty of listeners can relate to, especially since everyone deals with different dynamics in a relationship. On the track, Ashanti is well aware that she should be treated better, but it's hard for her heart to let go of the person she believed would be around forever. 

“Happy” by Pharrell Williams

In 2013, Pharrell Williams gave the world a joyful anthem with his hit song “Happy.” The feel-good song soared to the top of the charts, became the most successful song of 2014, and was deemed the world’s first 24-hour music video. It's safe to say it was the type of song that was hard to escape.

“Waterfalls” by TLC

TLC teamed up with production team Organized Noize on their 1995 hit song “Waterfalls.” On the track, the group addresses different themes of violence and HIV/AIDS. “Waterfalls” is more about telling people to slow down and be as safe as possible. 

“Roar” by Katy Perry

In 2013, pop singer Katy Perry released her fourth album Prism, led by the hit single “Roar.” On the self-empowerment track, Perry asserts herself as a strong person who continues to fight for what she wants and what she believes. As she sings on the hook, “I got the eye of the tiger, a fighter / Dancing through the fire / ‘Cause I am a champion and you’re gonna hear me roar.”

“Superstition” by Stevie Wonder

On Stevie Wonder’s 1972 hit song “Superstition,” he expresses how there are many things that people are superstitious of, but he believes people shouldn’t have those beliefs. He mentions everything from ladders falling, to glass breaking, and things of the sort that people think could bring them years of bad luck. The song became a No. 1 hit on the Billboard Hot 100. 

“Fantasy” by Mariah Carey

Mariah Carey’s 1995 hit single “Fantasy” tells the story of woman who’s crushing on a potential partner, and every time she sees him, she fantasizes about being with him. The smooth sample of Tom Tom Club’s 1981 hit song “Genius of Love,” helps give the song a vibrant and feel-good vibe on the production, which helps give listeners hope that Carey’s fantasy will become reality. 

“Thriller” by Michael Jackson

Whenever people are trying to curate the perfect Halloween playlist, Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” is an absolute must. Maybe it’s the spooky voice (famed horror film star Vincent Price) heard on the track or the scary music video in which Jackson turns into a zombie, whatever the case is, a Halloween party isn’t truly ready until “Thriller” is heard. 

“Roses” by Outkast

In 2003, hip-hop duo Outkast released its hit song "Roses." On the track, they reflect on a beautiful woman whose personality and terrible attitude are a high turnoff. 

“Wannabe” by Spice Girls

In 1996, the Spice Girls took what world by storm with their debut single “Wannabe.” On the track, the group values their friendships pretty highly, and if anyone wants to be their lover, they also have to be really cool with their friends. Basically, if a future lover can’t appreciate their partner's friends, the relationship simply won’t last. 

Mya Singleton is a freelance writer and photographer based in Los Angeles. Her work has also been featured on The Sports Fan Journal and AXS. Feel free to follow her talking all things music on Twitter @MyaMelody7 . 

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After the huge success of Ghostbusters: Afterlife, Ghostbusters 5 is on the way, but which characters are returning and where is the sequel set?

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  • The Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire release date has been moved to March 22nd, 2024, after initially being delayed by the Hollywood strikes.
  • The talented cast of Ghostbusters: Afterlife will return for the sequel, along with original cast members like Bill Murray and Dan Aykroyd.
  • The sequel will continue the Spengler family's story and bring the series back to familiar locations while maintaining the beloved Ghostbusters tone.

Following the success of the soft reboot Ghostbusters: Afterlife , the sequel was fast-tracked by Sony — and the Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire news is coming in quickly. The Ghostbusters series started in 1984, and the classic fantasy comedy movie became a huge success thanks to its unique high concept, a hit theme song, and stellar chemistry between its comedic leads. However, following the beloved original film, the Ghostbusters series fell from grace, as Ghostbusters II was generally considered a disappointment when it was released and Ghostbusters III received a mixed-to-negative reception in 2016.

2021's Ghostbusters: Afterlife saved the franchise and was considered a significant return to form for the Ghostbusters series. The movie was full of energy, excitement, and fantasy, and it was surprisingly emotional too, as it brought back original characters including Bill Murray and Dan Aykroyd. The refreshing take was mostly thanks to writer-director Jason Reitman, who was previously known for emotionally resonant indie films, and he injected some of that energy into the blockbuster Ghostbusters franchise. The 2021 movie's success ensured a sequel of its own, and the Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire news is hugely revealing.

Ghostbusters: Afterlife Ending & All Hidden Meanings Explained

After a year full of delays due to the Hollywood strikes, the latest news regarding the much-anticipated legacy sequel is that Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire has bumped its release date up and will arrive sooner than originally announced. Initially slated to arrive on March 29th, 2024, the movie will now premiere a week earlier on March 22nd . Though the film is a sure-fire hit, the move is likely to take advantage of the spring break box office surge. Sony joins Warner Bros. in shifting several of its big releases around, and Godzilla X Kong is also arriving sooner than expected.

Due to the fact that Sony has pushed back releases on seven movies because of Hollywood strikes, Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire was set to release on March 29th, 2024. However, it has now been moved forward to March 22nd, 2024 , a week earlier. Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire isn't the only film affected by the SAG-AFTRA and WGA strikes, as Sony has also pushed back Gran Turismo , Madame Web , Spider-Man: Beyond the Spider-Verse, and more.

The WGA strike was resolved on September 27th, 2023, and the SAG/AFTRA strike was resolved on November 9th, 2023.

Continuing the success of Ghostbusters: Afterlife , a large portion of the cast of the film will be back in Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire . The new de-facto star of the franchise, Paul Rudd, is returning as Gary Grooberson along with Finn Wolfhard as Trevor. They'll be joined by Carrie Coon as Callie and McKenna Grace as Phoebe Spengler. Comedian Patton Oswalt also joins the cast in an as-yet-unnamed role. Along with the mass return of Afterlife's new cast, Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire isn't skimping on the nostalgia either, as many of the recognizable cast members from the classic Ghostbusters films will also be back, including:

Ghostbusters 5 Cast Guide: Which Characters Are Returning For The Afterlife Sequel

Along with the trailer and official title, the plot for Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire has finally been released, and it sees the team facing their biggest challenge yet. New York City is suddenly plunged into a new ice age as a supernatural artifact unleashes the " death chill " which has the power to literally frighten people to a frigid death. It is going to take Ghostbusters from every generation to stop the new supernatural threat, as the Big Apple is besieged by a spooky mid-summer freeze.

With the release of the official Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire trailer in November 2023, audiences have gotten their first real glimpse at the newest entry in the classic franchise. Besides revealing the plot and teasing some of the more exciting action moments, the trailer also confirms that the classic Ghostbusters characters aren't merely making cameo appearances . Dan Aykroyd's Ray Stantz is seen giving sage advice to his young ghost-hunting counterparts, and from Aykroyd's enthusiasm about the future of the franchise, it is clear he wants to play a big part.

The trailer includes Bananarama's "Cruel Summer" which is yet another nostalgic nod to the decade that spawned the original movie. Additionally, the trailer also introduces new characters such as the one played by Patton Oswalt, and even drops a few hints about a potential new villain. Most importantly, the trailer will help generate interest in the movie as its March 2024 release date nears, which could help Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire stay competitive in the crowded early summer movie season.

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January 9, 2024

Sony Exhibits at CES® 2024

Showcasing its diverse initiatives and technologies that empower creators to turn their creative sparks into stories

Sony Group ("Sony") will exhibit at CES® 2024, taking place in Las Vegas, Nevada from Tuesday, Jan. 9 (PST), under the theme "Powering Creativity with Technology."

Kenichiro Yoshida, Chairman and CEO of Sony Group Corporation took the stage at Sony's press conference held on Monday, Jan. 8 ahead of the exhibition's public opening. He opened by stating that as a creative entertainment company, Sony has always placed people at the heart of creativity and has been committed to being a force for good by empowering creators. He was joined by a diverse array of presenters, and together they introduced initiatives to support creators across Sony's music, movies and television production businesses; new solutions for visual production and spatial content creation; fan engagement in communities such as anime, sports and games; and initiatives in entertainment and safety to advance the mobility space. The presentation also showcased the various technologies underpinning these initiatives. He closed the press conference by emphasizing that Sony embraces people's ideas and elevates their stories as it continues to power creativity with technology.

  • Sony's press conference at CES 2024 can be viewed on its official YouTube channel

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Press Conference speakers (In order of appearance)

  • Kenichiro Yoshida (Chairman and CEO, Sony Group Corporation)
  • Jon Platt (Chairman and CEO, Sony Music Publishing)
  • Neal Manowitz (President and COO, Sony Electronics Inc.)
  • Katherine Pope (President, Sony Pictures Television Studios)
  • Toshihiro Mibe (President and Representative Executive Officer, Honda Motor Co., Ltd.)
  • Izumi Kawanishi (Representative Director, President and COO, Sony Honda Mobility Inc
  • Jessica Hawk (Corporate Vice President, Microsoft)

Sony Booth Overview

  • Dates: Jan. 9 (Tuesday) to Jan. 12 (Friday), 2024
  • Venue: Las Vegas Convention Center, Booth # 21800

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Main Exhibits

From creation technology to fan engagement to expanding spaces for Kando, the exhibition will focus on how Sony is empowering creators to do more, explore more, and create more by providing innovative technologies for storytelling, entertainment, and beyond, and enabling new ways to fill the world with emotion. Sony is also working to reduce the environmental impact of its exhibition, by reusing materials from last year and adopting a layout design that reduces the use of large-scale structures. Furthermore, the information panels within the booth are made of "Original Blended Material * ," a paper material developed by Sony.

  • * An environmentally conscious paper material made from bamboo, sugar cane, and post-consumer recycled paper, whose origins are specified.

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Expanding Creativity: Helping Deliver New Opportunities in Production through Innovative Technologies

Sony pictures entertainment (spe)'s new advanced visualization facility: torchlight.

Sony introduces Torchlight, a new groundbreaking advanced visualization space featuring the latest in proprietary technology from Sony Group companies in collaboration with Epic Games' Unreal Engine, the world's most open and advanced real-time 3D tool. Torchlight allows filmmakers to create digital scenes prior to principal photography, in a hands-on virtual environment using Unreal Engine and virtual cameras, including the Virtual Production Tool Set, which seamlessly links virtual environments with on-set production using Sony's digital cinema VENICE camera. In addition, creators will have access to various Sony proprietary technologies including the mobile motion capture system, "mocopi™". These technologies, and more, are incorporated into the workflow at Torchlight and support creators to unleash their creativity in real-time.

  • * For further details, please refer to the press release .

The Future of Content Production - Virtual Production

To further empower creators, Sony is supporting the growth of Virtual Production, a new form of content production, right from its technological development through to providing production solutions. In this field, Sony is combining advancements in its imaging, sensing, and display technologies, and leveraging real-time rendering using game engines. Pixomondo, Sony PCL and SPE are providing end-to-end creative services and stage infrastructure globally to cover the entire production process, from pre-production and on-set filming using Virtual Production, to post-production.

Fan Engagement: Enabling Cutting-Edge Experiences for Fans through Real and Virtual Integration

Playstation®5 products and games.

Sony Interactive Entertainment showcases the latest PlayStation 5 hardware lineup, featuring innovative products like the new PlayStation 5 console in a smaller form factor, PlayStation Portal™ remote player, Pulse Explore™ wireless earbuds, Access™ controller, and the upcoming Pulse Elite™ wireless headset. The Deep Earth Collection of stylish metallic PS5® console covers and DualSense® wireless controllers will also be on display. Attendees can also experience Gran Turismo 7® on both PS5 and PlayStation®VR2 (PS VR2) in immersive racing pods at the booth, as well as preview the brand-new No Return mode in Naughty Dog's The Last of Us™ Part II Remastered, which launches on Jan. 19.

New Fan Engagement Leveraging Technology and Entertainment

Sony is advancing fan engagement initiatives in sports. Together with Manchester City Football Club, Sony is currently conducting a PoC (proof of concept) with the aim of providing new services that create a global online fan community. A beta service will be launched for fans later this year. Closed testing has already started, and fans were intrigued and excited about the project. At the booth, visitors can view new content from the Virtual Etihad Stadium, and engage in experiences to share their passion for the team and players. Sony's sports businesses are exhibiting initiatives with multiple major sports properties across the globe, that bring together Hawk-Eye Innovations' optical tracking, Beyond Sports' data visualization technology and Pulselive's expertise in fan engagement to create never-before-seen fan experiences aimed at diverse audiences, including younger generations.

Next Generation Immersive Music Experiences

Sony Music is developing new opportunities for artists to expand their engagement with fans on gaming platforms and in other entertainment environments using game engine creation and virtual production technologies. Visitors to the booth can sample three applications of its next generation immersive music experiences. The exhibit will showcase how Sony's virtual production capabilities and Unreal Editor for Fortnite (UEFN) from Epic Games were used to create the music video for the song "Jericho" from Columbia Records artist Iniko, as well as Journey Through Jericho, a companion Fortnite island based on the video. Visitors to the booth will also be able to experience Nitewave, a new music-focused island for Fortnite built with UEFN. Additionally, they will be able to play AVNU: Where Music Meets, a music destination for Roblox centered around music-related gameplay, challenges and virtual goods collecting featuring music from Sony Music talent including Arista Records artist Paul Russell.

Sony Pictures Virtual Reality

Sony Pictures Virtual Reality (SPVR) showcases their latest cross-platform, multi-player VR game, Ghostbusters: Rise of the Ghost Lord, a world-building expansion of the beloved Ghostbusters universe. The exhibit will include eye-tracking and headset feedback of the PS VR2, the latest generation virtual reality headset for PS5, along with PS VR2 Sense controller adaptive triggers. SPVR expands SPE's use of IP by providing immersive entertainment through the production and distribution of VR games and experiences globally across all consumer channels, including in-home and location-based entertainment.

Immersive Storytelling: Creating Tangible, Visceral Experiences that expand IP in the Real World through Location-based Entertainment

Sensing & interactive technology showcase for location-based entertainment.

In order to provide creators with new avenues for expression and expand the value of content IP, Sony is promoting PoCs for immersive experiences that utilize its sensing and interactive technologies through Group-wide collaboration. In this demonstration, visitors can experience the immersive world of Ghostbusters using Sony's unique haptics technology, marker-less motion capture, and the "mocopi™" mobile motion capture system. In addition, SPE is focusing on location-based entertainment worldwide, including Thailand's Columbia Pictures Aquaverse which was chosen as one of CNN World's Best New Theme Parks. This exhibit introduces a video of these initiatives including the studio's first in-house operated immersive entertainment destination, Wonderverse, opening in the Chicago area this January.

New Creative Spaces: The Future is defined by More Spaces for Kando Moments - Mobility Transformed

Sensing technology for enhancing mobility safety.

"Safety Cocoon" is a concept to advance vehicle safety by detecting 360 degrees around the vehicle in various daily driving situations, allowing drivers to take early action to evade risk. At the booth, visitors can experience Sony's diverse sensing technologies that support the realization of this concept. By pursuing resolution and sensitivity that transcend the human eye, Sony's sensing technology aims to enhance safety by serving as the eyes of mobility, and contributing to delivering new mobility experiences.

  • * The exhibition is also being presented on the online platform " Sony Square ."
  • * Images from Sony at CES® 2024 can be downloaded here .

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