MySpace Music launched today in the UK and lets users upload a playlist of songs which others can listen to. Among stars like Beyonce and Katie Price, the Vatican has also uploaded a 12-song playlist under the direction of Father Giulio Neroni, artistic director of St Paul’s Multimedia, a church publisher. Among the songs on the list were a couple of surprises, like Tupac Shakur’s Changes, which was released with an ‘explicit’ warning due to lyrics about gun crime, drugs and violence on a city streets.
According to the Vatican’s MySpace page, “[t]his playlist is a perfect mix of classical, world and contemporary music. “The genres are very different from each other, but all these artists share the aim to reach the heart of good minded people.” Changes certainly fits that bill, explicit lyrics or no:
I got love for my brother but we can never go nowhere
unless we share with each other
We gotta start makin’ changes
learn to see me as a brother instead of 2 distant strangers
and that’s how it’s supposed to be
The rest of the playlist is after the jump.
1. Advocata Nostra – Music From The Vatican. From the album Alma Mater featuring the voice of Pope Benedict XVI.
2. Uprising – Muse. Single from the album, The Resistance.
3. Causa Nostrae Laetitiae – Music From The Vatican. From the album Alma Mater.
4. Il Mare Mi Salva – Rossomalpelo. Song from the band led by contemporary Italian singer songwriter Serge Gaggiotti
5. After The Rain – Dame Shirley Bassey. From the album The Performance.
6. Coexist – Nour Eddine. Song from Moroccan Musician, based in Italy.
7. Don Giovanni – Mozart.
8. Rafaele Merry Del Val – Lorenzo Perosi Inni Mottetti e Canzoni, Pablo Colino & Coro Academica Filarmonica Romana.
9. He Doesn’t Know Why – Fleet Foxes.
10. Changes – Tupac Shakur.
11. Regina Coeli – Music From The Vatican. From the album Alma Mater.
12. Mi sarete Testimoni – Santo Subito! (DVD). Music DVD embodying the voice and image of The Pope.
Tupac Shakur and Muse Feature on Vatican’s Myspace Playlist [The Telegraph]