Coldplay Hunger Games
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First original song for movie soundtrack by band

Marking the first time Coldplay has recorded an original song for a movie, the group will release “Atlas” as the first track from the soundtrack album for Lionsgate’s “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire” on Aug. 26.

The song, titled “Atlas,” will be available through iTunes and other digital retailers through Republic Records. Lionsgate is releasing the film amid sky-high expecations on Nov. 22.

“The creative alliance between Coldplay and ‘The Hunger Games’ franchise will create a level of excitement and anticipation of epic proportions,” said Monte Lipman, chairman and CEO of Republic Records.

The studio and Republic teamed on “The Hunger Games: Songs From District 12 And Beyond,” executive produced by T Bone Burnett and was first on the Billboard Top 200 on its release with sales over 175,000. The album was also last year’s best selling soundtrack.

CEO Jon Feltheimer touted the announcement Friday morning during a call with analysts following the release of better-than-expected earnings for the studio’s first quarter ended June 30. He noted it’s the first of announcements promoting the sequel with a “100-day countdown” to the release starting next week.

The original “The Hunger Games,” starring Jennifer Lawrence, grossed over $690 million worldwide last year.

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