'The Hunger Games: Catching Fire' – Is this the year’s best soundtrack?
What does $700 million in box office revenue, over 4.8 million fans on Facebook and over 5.3 million DVD sales get you?
Well, in the case of The Hunger Games, it gets you a number of things, a much bigger budget for the sequel mainly, but also a list of stellar names for your soundtrack.
For Catching Fire, the second film in the planned series of the four, producers have assembled a list of artists that range from Coldplay to Patti Smith and from The Weeknd to The National. In short, big names, big mainstream names with appeal that stretches far beyond the usual confines of a teen franchise. Here’s everything you need to know about the soundtrack:
So who’s on the soundtrack then?
Firstly (and probably most importantly), we have Coldplay, who have contributed a new track named ‘Atlas’, a classic soaring ballad in the vein of 'The Scientist' and 'Paradise'. Next there’s the almighty aligning of Sia, Diplo and The Weeknd, who have collaborated on a disparate, icy, dubstep flecked track named ‘Elastic Heart’. The Weeknd himself also appears solo with a new acoustic ditty titled ‘Devil May Cry’.
Blimey! Anyone else?
Sure! As well as that there’s a new track from new singer-songwriter sensation Lorde, who delivers a stripped back, decidedly Lana Del Rey influenced version of Tears For Fears’ ‘Everybody Wants To Rule The World’, while Ellie Goulding also contributes a new track named ‘Mirror’, which is built around a shimmering electro hook.
Also onboard are indie elder statesmen The National, who contribute a new track named ‘Lean’ which sits perfectly in their classic wistful back catalogue. Joining them are Icelandic indie troupe Of Monsters and Men, who offer up a new cut titled ‘Silhouettes’ and The Lumineers, who contribute a brand new track named ‘Gale Song’.
We’re not finished. Also featured is Christina Aguilera who brings a huge ballad called ‘We Remain’, which has been co-written by Ryan Tedder (the same man behind Leona Lewis’ ‘Bleeding Love’ and Adele’s ‘Rumour Has It’) and superstar songwriter Mikky Ekko. It’s enormous…
Blimey…are you done?
No, no we’re not. We’ve not even mentioned that there are also new tracks from Imagine Dragons, Santigold, Patti Smith and three more cuts on the deluxe edition courtesy of Phantogram, Antony And The Johnsons and a collaboration between Mikky Ekko and Ammar Malik.
So when’s it out?
Next Monday (November 18), with the film itself out on Friday (November 21). It premiered on Monday in London and critics seem to be loving it. That Jennifer Lawrence can do no wrong…