'Hunger Games' Album Features Arcade Fire and Taylor Swift
TORONTO – Taylor Swift, The Decembrists and Arcade Fire have collaborated with music producer T. Bone Burnett on a companion album for The Hunger Games from Lionsgate and Universal Republic Records. The album will feature new songs based on themes in the upcoming Lionsgate movie release, to come out in advance of the film debuting on wide release on March 23, 2012. Swift worked with the Civil Wars and Burnett to write and perform the lead single Safe and Sound, which was launched on iTunes on December 23rd. And Arcade Fire’s Win Butler and Regine Chassagne, who won the 2011 Grammy for album of the year, also wrote a song with Burnett entitled Horn Of Plenty. And The Decemberists did their own song, One Engine, also to appear on The Hunger Games companion album. All artist deals were negotiated for Lionsgate by Lenny Wohl, executive vp of music business affairs, and by Universal Republic’s senior vp of business affairs Michael Seltzer.