November 12, 2013


Everything We Know About 'The Hunger Games: Catching Fire' Soundtrack

UPDATE (11/12): You can now stream The Hunger Games: Catching Fire soundtrack in full on iTunes. Click here to listen.

Only 16 soundtracks in the history of film have ever graced the top spot on the Billboard Top 200—2012's The Hunger Games: Songs From District 12 and Beyond was one of those albums. Featuring heavy-hitters Arcade Fire, Kid Cudi and The Civil Wars (to name a few), the album sold 175,00 copies its first week. One song, Taylor Swift's "Safe & Sound," even nabbed itself a Grammy nod.

So, you know, no pressure for the sequel's soundtrack. 

The second installment of the four-part sci-fi adventure series, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, hits theaters November 22, but the star-studded soundtrack already has fans talking. Here's everything you need to know about the much anticipated album, hitting stores November 19.

The first listen: Colplay's "Atlas" (above) is the lead single from the soundtrack and the first release from the British band since 2011's Mylo Xyloto. "I have great respect and admiration for Coldplay, and we are thrilled with how well they have connected to the themes and ideas within the film," Catching Fire director Francis Lawrence told Rolling Stone

For anyone who hasn't read the books or seen the first Hunger Games, it's about a post-apocalyptic society that selects young people at random to fight to the death in a nationally televised tournament. So, needless to say, "Atlas" is a little dark.

New music supervisor: Alexandra Patsavas replaced legendary producer T-Bone Burnett as the music supervisor on the second installment of the Hunger Games films, and she brought out the big guns. Patsavas previously worked as the music supervisor on such films as Twilight and The Twilight Saga: Eclipse, and on the small screen with The O.C. and Grey's Anatomy, all of which are known for their impressive roster of artists.

Noteworthy artists: Patsavas must have friends in high places. How else could she get the likes of Christina Aguilera, The Weeknd and Patti f-cking Smith all on one album?! All of the artists are supplying new songs for the film, except for New Zealand's indie darling du jour Lorde, who's covering Tears for Fears' 1985 hit "Everybody Wants to Rule the World." 

Check out Xtina's contribution, "We Remain," below. About the song the singer tweeted, "Love the underlying message of @TheHungerGames. 'We Remain' is special new song, its message to my fans & how I connect w/ the movie, alike."

Full track list: We never thought we'd see Diplo and Patti Smith on the same track list, but stranger things have happened.

1. Coldplay, "Atlas" (Watch the lyric video above)
2. Of Monsters And Men, "Silhouettes"
3. Sia, "Elastic Heart (Feat. The Weeknd & Diplo)" (Listen below) (Watch the lyric video here)
4. The National, "Lean" (Listen here)
5. Christina Aguilera, "We Remain" (Listen above)
6. The Weeknd, "Devil May Cry" (Listen here)
7. Imagine Dragons, "Who We Are"
8. Lorde, "Everybody Wants To Rule the World" (Listen here)
9. The Lumineers, "Gale Song"

10. Ellie Goulding, "Mirror" (Listen here)
11. Patti Smith, "Capital Letter"

12. Santigold, "Shooting Arrows At The Sky"

13. Mikky Ekko, "Place For Us"
14. Phantogram, "Lights"
15. Antony & The Johnsons, "Angel On Fire"

Jennifer Lawrence: She gets her own bullet point. Not only because she plays Katniss Everdeen, the heroine of the Hunger Games series, but because she's Jennifer Lawrence and she rules.