New information for the upcoming The Hunger Games: Catching Fire Official Soundtrack has recently been revealed by Lionsgate and Republic Records. It has been confirmed that British rock band Coldplay will be providing the first track for the highly anticipated movie, titled ‘Atlas’, which fans will be able to listen on August 26. This will also be the first time the Multi-Grammy winning band records an original song for a motion picture.
Last year, Taylor Swift and The Civil Wars provided the single ‘Safe & Sound’ including a music video release. The Soundtrack also included music by artists like Arcade Fire, Maroon 5, Miranda Lambert and more. The Hunger Games album was the best-selling soundtrack of 2012 and fastest selling soundtrack ever at iTunes. On its release date, the album hit #1 on the Billboard Top 200 with sales over 175,000, making it the first soundtrack to top the chart since November 2009. With the news of Coldplay being one of the bands on the upcoming soundtrack, expectations will be even higher.
Fans will be also happy to know that Coldplay’s Chris Martin is a fan of the books himself and most likely will deliver a song fit for the movie’s thrilling atmosphere, as the main characters take upon another dangerously try at the ‘Special Edition’ of the 75th Annual Hunger Games (The Quarter Quell). “We are so honored that Coldplay, one of the iconic rock bands of our generation, will perform the first song out on the new soundtrack,” said Tracy McKnight, Lionsgate’s Head of Film Music. “Knowing that Chris Martin is a fan of the books makes this even more meaningful. The Coldplay single underscores the stature of recording artists we’ve assembled for this powerful soundtrack.”
There are still many details to be revealed about what other bands might provide more music for the movie’s soundtrack, but while fans wait for November’s premiere, Lionsgate won’t forget about you and will be revealing several announcements throughout the coming weeks, keeping fans informed.
You can read part of the press release below.
NEW YORK, NY and SANTA MONICA, CA August 9, 2013 – Multiplatinum recording artist Coldplay will release the first track from the official soundtrack album for The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, it was announced today by Lionsgate (NYSE: LGF) and Republic Records, marking the first time Coldplay has ever recorded an original song for a motion picture. The song, titled “Atlas,” is scheduled to be available via iTunes and all digital retailers on August 26, 2013. Republic Records is again teaming up with Lionsgate to release the soundtrack in advance of Lionsgate distributing the film on screens worldwide on November 22, 2013.
“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,” said filmmaker Francis Lawrence. “Their unwavering passion and excitement for the project elevated the collaboration even further, and we can’t wait to share this music with audiences around the world.”
“We are so honored that Coldplay, one of the iconic rock bands of our generation, will perform the first song out on the new soundtrack,” said Tracy McKnight, Lionsgate’s Head of Film Music. “Knowing that Chris Martin is a fan of the books makes this even more meaningful. The Coldplay single underscores the stature of recording artists we’ve assembled for this powerful soundtrack.”
Monte Lipman, Chairman & CEO of Republic Records, stated, “The creative alliance between Coldplay and The Hunger Games franchise will create a level of excitement and anticipation of epic proportions.”
I am, personally, really excited to hear Coldplay’s ‘Altas’ not just because I’m a fan of them but also because I want to hear how much the song will reflects essence of the book and what the characters will face this time around. I remember when Paramore’s ‘Decode’ was released and how much it seemed as if it were Bella’s feeling being sing! As a fan of the book, I really liked that Paramore being fans, too, had written a song especially for the movie. Now, something similar has happened and I hope fans can have that same feeling of their favorite book haveing a song specially made for it knowing that Chris Martin is a fan, too.
What do you expect from Coldpaly’s ‘Atlas’?