×

Coldplay Song On ‘Hunger Games: Catching Fire’ Soundtrack

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.

More Music

  • BTS

    BTS Opens Up About the Past, Creativity and Inspiration for 'Map of the Soul: 7' (Watch)

    With a reported four million copies in worldwide pre-orders and their stars shining brighter than ever thanks to chart-topping albums and playing the world’s biggest stages, BTS’ just-released “Map of the Soul: 7” was sure to be a success no matter what it sounded like. But instead of resting on starpower, the record-breaking group decided [...]

  • Naim McNair Named Def Jam Senior

    Naim McNair Named Def Jam Senior VP of A&R

    In what may be the first signal of the next era of Def Jam Recordings, Naim McNair has been named senior VP of A&R at the company. The move comes just hours after it was confirmed that Paul Rosenberg, chairman and CEO of the label since January of 2018, is leaving his post at the [...]

  • Paul Rosenberg

    Paul Rosenberg Stepping Down as Head of Def Jam

    UPDATED: Paul Rosenberg, chairman and CEO of Def Jam Recordings since January of 2018, is leaving his post at the company, a source close to the situation confirms to Variety. Jeff Harleston, general counsel for Def Jam parent company Universal Music Group, will serve as interim chief until a new CEO is appointed; he will [...]

  • Yola

    Yola to Play Sister Rosetta Tharpe in Baz Luhrmann's 'Elvis' (EXCLUSIVE)

    British musician Yola will play singer Sister Rosetta Tharpe — dubbed the Godmother of rock and roll — in Baz Luhrmann’s musical drama “Elvis,” sources tell Variety. The Warner Bros. film stars Austin Butler in the title role, Tom Hanks as Elvis Presley’s manager Colonel Tom Parker, Maggie Gyllenhaal as Presley’s mother and Rufus Sewell [...]

  • Tim McGraw Announces Return to Big

    Tim McGraw Announces Return to Big Machine in Country Radio Seminar Surprise

    Tim McGraw announced his return to the Big Machine in a surprise appearance at a Country Radio Seminar luncheon being hosted by the label group Friday in Nashville. “Uh, Tim, I missed you!” deadpanned a beaming Scott Borchetta, Big Machine’s founder, president and CEO, as McGraw emerged from behind a curtain. “I missed you too!” [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content