By Robyn Collins
Blake Shelton will be the voice for a country-boy pig in the upcoming The Angry Birds Movie; he also wrote a song for the film. The track, “Friends,” is catchy, uptempo and country-fied, featuring banjo, mouth harp and fiddle.
“Just some roughed-up desperadoes / Hanging tough through thick and thin / Kicking up dust wherever we go,” Shelton sings in the song’s chorus. “I can see that you and me are gonna be friends / To the end, you and me are gonna be friends.”
The Angry Birds Movie is based on the video game, developed by Rovio Entertainment, in which players sling birds at pigs. “I can write things about myself and my life,” Shelton told TheBoot.com. “But I don’t have a whole lot of experience being shot out of a slingshot at pigs.”
The singer and The Voice coach does, however, have plenty of experience playing Angry Birds. “I wish I had a dollar for every minute I lost playing that freaking game, you know?” he adds. “Well, I guess I do now.”
When asked about developing his character, Earl, Shelton says, “They kept saying, ‘More country!’ I felt like I was doing a voice-over for Dukes of Hazzard.”
The Angry Birds Movie soundtrack is scheduled for release May 6. The film will hit theaters on May 20 and also feature the voices of Jason Sudeikis, Maya Rudolph, Peter Dinklage, Josh Gad, Danny McBride.
See the full track listing for the Angry Birds soundtrack and check out Blake’s new tune below.
1. Blake Shelton – Friends
2. Demi Lovato – I Will Survive
3. Matoma – Wonderful Life (Mi Oh My)
4. Imagine Dragons – On Top of the World
5. Charli XCX – Explode
6. Rick Astley – Never Gonna Give You Up
7. Scorpions – Rock You Like a Hurricane
8. Steve Aoki – Fight
9. Tone-Loc – Wild Thing
10. KRS-One – Sound of da Police
11. Limp Bizkit – Behind Blue Eyes
12. Peter Dinklage – The Mighty Eagle Song
13. The Hatchlings – The Mighty Red Song
14. Heitor Pereira – Angry Birds Movie Score Medley