Disney, EMI double up on ‘Wardrobe’ music

Walt Disney Studios has joined forces with EMI Music to produce two soundtracks inspired by “The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe” – one headlining mainstream Christian music artists, the other, pop and rock. The unique deal reflects Disney’s belief that “Chronicles” will appeal to the religious set in addition to the secular. The tentpole movie, based on C.S. Lewis’ acclaimed children’s book series, will be released Dec. 9. Walt Disney Records will produce the official “Chronicles” soundtrack featuring a score and one song composed by Harry Gregson-Williams. It also is planning to produce a soundtrack for young tots. EMI will work with Disney and Walden Media, co-producer of “Chronicles,” in developing the Christian and pop-rock soundtracks. Companies said talks are underway with numerous bestselling artists, but declined to comment on particular names. The Nashville, Tenn.-based EMI CMG will release the record featuring Christian music artists worldwide on Sept. 27. The pop-rock soundtrack will debut on Oct. 25.

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