Grammy Winner Lorde to Write First Single for HUNGER GAMES: MOCKINGJAY - PART 1 Soundtrack
Lionsgate (NYSE: LGF), a premier next generation global content leader, announced today that multiplatinum GRAMMY Award-winning recording star Lorde will curate the soundtrack album for the upcoming third installment of the global blockbuster The Hunger Games franchise, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1. In addition to hand-picking the artists for The Mockingjay Part 1 soundtrack, Lorde will provide the first single for the highly anticipated film and album. The soundtrack will be available via Republic Records this fall.
The 17-year-old New Zealand native who will embark on her third national North American tour this fall exploded onto the scene with her Number One global hit 'Royals,' and has taken the music world by storm since the release of her critically acclaimed platinum debut album "PURE HEROINE" [LAVA/Republic Records].
Her quadruple platinum selling single 'Royals' helpedearn two Billboard Music Awards for 'Best New Artist' and 'Best Rock Song,' and two GRAMMY Awards for 'Song of the Year' and 'Best Pop Solo Performance.' She currently holds the record for 'Longest #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 by a Female Artist in 2013' and longest standing #1 for any female artist in the Billboard Alternative Chart history.
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1, directed by Francis Lawrence and starring Academy Award winner Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth and Woody Harrelson, is the latest installment in Lionsgate's global box office phenomenon based on Suzanne Collins' bestselling "Hunger Games" trilogy and will be released in theaters worldwide onNovember 21, 2014.
"I sat down with Lorde on the set of 'Mockingjay' this spring and I was immediately struck by how she so innately understood what we, as both fans and filmmakers, were trying to accomplish with the film. Her immense talent and keen understanding ofMockingjay's characters and themes not only have enabled her to create a song of her own that completely captures the film's essence, but her insight and passion for our project make her the perfect creative force to assemble the other songs on our soundtrack. I can't wait to share what she's done with the fans it is truly remarkable," said Francis Lawrence.
Lorde's unique position as both a songwriter/performer and the curator of the Mockingjay Part 1 soundtrack album came about via her unique relationship with her music publisher, SONGS Music Publishing who was a key architect of the deal.
"Curating the soundtrack for such a hotly-anticipated film was a challenge, but I jumped at the chance," said Lorde. "The cast and story are an inspiration for all musicians participating and, as someone with cinematic leanings, being privy to a different creative process has been a unique experience. I think the soundtrack is definitely going to surprise people."
Lionsgate is a leading global entertainment company with a strong and diversified presence in motion picture production and distribution, television programming and syndication, home entertainment, digital distribution, new channel platforms and international distribution and sales. Lionsgate currently has over 30 television shows on more than 20 networks spanning its primetime production, distribution and syndication businesses, including such critically-acclaimed hits as the multiple Emmy Award-winning Mad Men and Nurse Jackie, the comedy Anger Management, the network series Nashville, the syndication success The Wendy Williams Show and the critically-acclaimed hit series Orange is the New Black.
Its feature film business has been fueled by such recent successes as the blockbuster first two installments of The Hunger Games franchise, the first installment of the recently-launched Divergent franchise, Now You See Me, Kevin Hart: Let Me Explain, Warm Bodies, The Expendables 2, The Possession, Sinister, Roadside Attractions' Mud and Pantelion Films' breakout hit Instructions Not Included, the highest-grossing Spanish-language film ever released in the U.S.