Soundtrack mixes teen pop with cutting-edge acts
As a hungry demon in horror comedy pic “Jennifer’s Body,” Megan Fox craves a yummy human snack, but she’s not the only one in the movie with bite.
The Fox film’s soundtrack, out today on Fueled by Ramen, is a tasty mix from cutting-edge and teen-oriented pop acts designed to appeal to the same youthful audience that helped the “Juno” soundtrack soar to No. 1.
Although studios are releasing fewer soundtracks these days, there was little doubt this film would have a CD companion. “‘Jennifer’s Body’ always had a musical sensibility from the start,” says Fox Music prexy Robert Kraft. “As we began to temp music into the movie, it became clear Fueled by Ramen had an array of bands that were perfect for its rhythm and attitude.”
The movie, directed by Karyn Kusama from a script by Diablo Cody (“Juno”), opens theatrically Sept. 18. Randall Poster is the music supervisor.
“We went after it hard,” says label head John Janick, of FBR’s first soundtrack venture. “It was very competitive. I thought it was the right vibe. ”
The soundtrack features previously unreleased songs from FBR acts Panic! at the Disco, Cobra Starship and Paramore’s Hayley Williams as well as Vagrant Records’ Dashboard Confessional and Hopeless Records’ All Time Low.
FBR paid nothing to secure the rights to the soundtrack, but “we agreed to spend money to get the right music,” Janick says. While he declines to name the budget, he says: “As far as the money that was outlaid, we’re not sweating it. I want to sell a lot of soundtracks, but I’m not like we have to sell 100,000 soundtracks or we’re screwed.”
The single from the soundtrack is Panic! at the Disco’s “New Perspective,” a song penned by lead singer Brendon Urie. “There’s a lot of sexual innuendo in the lyrics,” he says. “Luckily for us, the movie has a lot of sexual innuendo.”
The soundtrack will receive a marketing push via teen-oriented retailer Hot Topic and a kickoff concert featuring Panic! at the Disco at L.A.’s Hollywood & Highland.