Soundtrack Scene: Checking in with The Hunger Games: Catching Fire

It’s been awhile since I last checked in here, but I’m back and hoping to post more regularly.

But to the business at hand: I wrote about the original song race for The Awards Circuit, mentioning that Coldplay contributed lush ballad “Atlas” to The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, marking the band’s first song written specifically for a film. This week saw a huge development in the original song race. If you missed it, Rolling Stone announced the additional artists and songs set for the Hunger Games: Catching Fire soundtrack.

We The Kings, who seemed set with “This is War,” won’t appear. Sad to see Taylor Swift and the Civil Wars out of the lineup, though the latter is on a hiatus. But artists like rock legend Patti Smith, alternative band Of Monsters and Men, and R&B artist The Weeknd offered new songs. Vocal powerhouse Christina Aguilera recorded the pop ballad “We Remain” for the film, a snippet of which can be heard over at Rolling Stone. From what we’ve heard thus far, the vocal performance is great, obviously, but the song feels somewhat lacking. Lorde, whose cross-format hit “Royals” might help her make a huge splash at the next Grammy ceremony, covers “Everybody Wants to Rule the World” by Tears for Fears.

The whole lineup via Rolling Stone:

1. Coldplay – “Atlas”

2. Of Monsters and Men – “Silhouettes”

3. Sia (ft. The Weeknd & Diplo) – “Elastic Heart”

4. The National – “Lean”

5. Christina Aguilera – “We Remain”

6. The Weeknd – “Devil May Cry”

7. Imagine Dragons – “Who We Are”

8. Lorde – “Everybody Wants to Rule the World” 

9. The Lumineers – “Gale Song”

10. Ellie Goulding – “Mirror”

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”

Aside from “Atlas,” “Gale Song” by the Lumineers stands as the only original contribution we’ve heard in full. The band, most famous for crossover folk ballad “Ho Hey,” recently unveiled the song live. Assuming that “Gale Song” is eligible, its simple yet gorgeous melody gives Catching Fire a shot at recognition in the original song race. It feels more like an Oscar song than “Atlas,” and as the previous installment showed us last year, lead singles from soundtracks aren’t always eligible for Oscar consideration.

Of course, Smith’s “Capital Letter” might be the most likely song for a nomination if it’s Oscar-friendly enough. She’s an icon in the rock world and might fit into the mix if the music branch shows some love for Sound City, which boasts several strong contributions from rock legends like Paul McCartney and Stevie Nicks.


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