'Hunger Games' Album to Feature Taylor Swift, Arcade Fire and The Decemberists
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 Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson and Liam Hemsworth-starring movie, and will come out in advance of the film's wide release from March 23, 2012.
Swift worked with the Civil Wars and Burnett to write and perform the lead single "Safe and Sound," which shot to the top of the charts on iTunes when released on December 23.
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." 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.