Lorde, who is 17, was announced this summer as the “sole curator” of the third in what has become a lucrative series of soundtrack albums. Like the previous records, the music for The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 brings together all-new songs from various pop, hip-hop and indie rock talents; unlike its predecessors, Lorde herself was pestering the artists to make sure they would contribute.
“It was really important to me with the soundtrack that people know how involved I was,” Lorde told Billboard. “A lot of that was me reaching out to people directly, having a conversation on the phone, sending an email, sending a text.” Lorde didn’t want acts to feel like their music was “going to be flung into some pot and chosen later … I really cared about what was happening.”
With this in mind, at least 15 of Lorde’s “true heroes” recorded songs in tribute to Katniss, Peeta and the suffering citizens of Districts 1 through 13. Several of the tracks are collaborations: Charli XCX with Duran Duran’s Simon Le Bon, the Chemical Brothers with Miguel, and Stromae’s Meltdown features Lorde, Pusha T, Q-Tim and Haim. Other contributors include Bat For Lashes, Tove Lo and Chvrches, while Kanye “reworks” Flicker.
One cut still remains mysterious: track five is “To Be Announced”, according to the official press release. But as Lorde tweeted on Wednesday, the vague details aren’t there “[for] secrecy’s sake”: the teen star, who only just completed a world tour, hasn’t “quite finished” the song.
Even without a celebrity curator, the previous Hunger Games soundtracks secured songs by top-flight artists such as Coldplay, Taylor Swift and Arcade Fire. Both reached the US billboard’s top 10.
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 1, the second-last instalment in the series, arrives in UK theatres on 20 November.
1. Meltdown – Stromae ft Lorde, Pusha T, Q-Tip & Haim
2. Dead Air – Chvrches
3. Scream My Name – Tove Lo
4. Kingdom – Charli XCX ft Simon Le Bon
5. TO BE ANNOUNCED
6. Lost Souls – Raury
7. Yellow Flicker Beat – Lorde
8. The Leap – Tinashe
9. Plan The Escape (Son Lux Cover) – Bat For Lashes
10. Original Beast – Grace Jones
11. Flicker (Kanye West Rework) – Lorde
12. Animal – XOV
13. This Is Not a Game – The Chemical Brothers ft Miguel
14. Ladder Song – Lorde
This article was written by Sean Michaels, for theguardian.com on Wednesday 22nd October 2014 08.26 Europe/Londonguardian.co.uk © Guardian News and Media Limited 2010