Musicians sign on for ‘Hunger’

Swift, Burnett, others include work on tentpole's companion album

Taylor Swift, Win Butler, T Bone Burnett, the Civil Wars, the Decemberists and Regine Chassagne of Arcade Fire have contributed songs to the companion album for Lionsgate’s upcoming franchise tentpole “The Hunger Games.”

Lionsgate and Universal Republic Records made the announcement Saturday. The album’s produced by Burnett and will be released next year in advance of the film’s opening on March 23.

Swift collaborated with the Civil Wars and Burnett to write and perform the lead single “Safe and Sound,” which launched on iTunes on Friday and became the top iTunes song.

Butler and Chassagne have written a song with Burnett entitled “Horn of Plenty,” and the Decemberists have contributed an original song, “One Engine.”

Artist deals were negotiated for Lionsgate by Lenny Wohl, exec VP music business affairs, and by Universal Republic’s senior VP of business affairs Michael Seltzer.

Variety reported on Dec. 5 that composer Danny Elfman had departed from working on “The Hunger Games” score because of scheduling conflicts and was replaced by James Newton Howard. Lionsgate had announced in July that Elfman and T Bone Burnett would collarorate on the score with Burnett also serving as the film’s executive music producer.

Elfman has been completing work on Sony’s “Men in Black III” and Tim Burton’s “Dark Shadows” for Warner Bros. Howard’s credits include “The Dark Knight,” “Defiance,” “Blood Diamond” and “Michael Clayton.”

Pic is directed by Gary Ross and stars Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Elizabeth Banks, Liam Hemsworth and Woody Harrelson.

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