International superstar Lorde is set to curate the entire soundtrack of the upcoming installment of the Hunger Games series. The New Zealand born singer confirmed details on the matter during a recent press release.
17 year-old Lorde, whose real name is Ella Yelich-O’Connor, expressed her overwhelming excitement about working on the soundtrack. She admitted that the idea of curating the entire soundtrack was daunting, but it was an opportunity she was not going to pass up. She attributes her eagerness to participate in creating the soundtrack to what she calls her cinematic leanings, stating that the idea of playing that big a role in a movie’s process was incredibly appealing. It has been confirmed that the Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part One soundtrack will open with a single from Lorde herself.
This is not the Royals hit-maker’s first association with the Hunger Games films. She recorded a cover of the Tears For Fear’s hit Everybody Wants To Rule The World for Catching Fire, the most recent installment of the series.
This news comes as just another notch in Lorde’s belt in what can be seen as one of the most successful years a new artist has ever had. In 2014 alone, she has received two Grammys and two Billboard Music Awards, as well as multiple World Music Awards and a Brit Award. She was also award an MTV Europe Music Award for Best New Zealand act. In total, she has been the recipient of 19 awards and nominated for an additional 58. Her success marks one of the fastest rises to fame in music history, given that her first breakthrough hit Royals was only released last summer. The success of said single made Lorde the first song with a female lead to top the U.S. Alternative Songs chart in 17 years. Her debut album, Pure Heroine, attained the number three spot in the Billboard 200 and was certified platinum. She is also the youngest artist in 25 years to top the U.S. Top 100. She has achieved international success, with Royals also hitting the top of the charts in U.K. and Canada.
The Hunger Games movie franchise began in 2012 with the release of the first film adaptation to the best-selling trilogy, written by Suzanne Collins. The final book in the trilogy, Mockingjay, is being divided into a two-part movie series, much like the last novel in both the Harry Potter and Twilight book series. Production of part one of Mockingjay was put into question earlier this year, following the death of cast member Philip Seymour Hoffman. Questions arose surrounding the fate of Hoffman’s character and whether or not his role would be digitally created, similar to Paul Walker’s character in the upcoming Fast and Furious film. The director of Mockingjay gave a statement shortly after Hoffman’s death stating that the majority of the actor’s scenes were completed, and that any issue concerning a further appearance of his character would be achieved by using old footage rather than digital enhancement.
Lorde has yet to give further details surrounding the creative decisions she will make surrounding her work with the movie’s soundtrack. The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part One is set to be released on November 21, 2014.
by Rebecca Grace