Coldplay will release a track titled Atlas from "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire" soundtrack on August 26th, it has been revealed today by Lionsgate, Republic Records, and the official Coldplay site. Full discussion on this latest news is at the Coldplay forum now [thanks Tash]
"Atlas" is scheduled to be available via iTunes and all digital retailers later this month. Republic Records is again teaming up with Lionsgate to release the soundtrack in advance of Lionsgate distributing the film on screens worldwide on 22nd November 2013.
Earlier today, Chris Martin tweeted the new song's lyrics, which can be found at the bottom of this article. This marks the first time Coldplay has ever recorded an original song for a motion picture.
Filmmaker Francis Lawrence said: "I have great respect and admiration for Coldplay, and we are thrilled with how well they have connected to the themes and ideas within the film. Their unwavering passion and excitement for the project elevated the collaboration even further, and we can't wait to share this music with audiences around the world."
Tracy McKnight, Lionsgate's Head of Film Music also added: "We are so honored that Coldplay, one of the iconic rock bands of our generation, will perform the first song out on the new soundtrack. Knowing that Chris Martin is a fan of the books makes this even more meaningful. The Coldplay single underscores the stature of recording artists we've assembled for this powerful soundtrack."
Monte Lipman, Chairman & CEO of Republic Records, stated: "The creative alliance between Coldplay and The Hunger Games franchise will create a level of excitement and anticipation of epic proportions."
The first installment of The Hunger Games was the 13th highest-grossing North American release of all time on its way to grossing nearly $700 million at the worldwide box office. This is the first in a series of highly anticipated announcements of the new artists to be revealed in the coming weeks.
So far, details surrounding the "Catching Fire" soundtrack have been scarce. Bolivian singer-songwriter Santiago Laserna likely recorded the first song from the compilation, according to NME. We also know that Travis Clark, the lead singer of rock band We The Kings, composed a song. The Coldplay announcement is certainly the most high-profile "Catching Fire" music revelation to date. We can surely expect more where that comes from, as the first "Hunger Games" soundtrack, "Songs from District 12 and Beyond," boasted a lineup that included Arcade Fire, Taylor Swift, Kid Cudi, Maroon 5 and The Decemberists. With The Hunger Games the runaway success that it is, we suspect many artist – big or small – will be clamoring to be a part of the film’s soundtrack. By including just one song they are exposing themselves to a big new audience.
Some saw the sun
Some saw the smoke
Some heard the gun
Some bent the bow
Sometimes the wire must tense for the note
Caught in the fire say oh
We're about to explode
Carry your world, I'll carry your world
Some far away
Some search for gold
Some dragon to slay
Heaven we hope is just up the road
Show me the way, Lord because I
I'm about to explode
Carry your world
I'll carry your world
Carry your world and all your hurt
The first Hunger Games partnership between Republic Records and Lionsgate yielded the Grammy Award-winning, chart-dominating The Hunger Games: Songs From District 12 And Beyond executive produced by T Bone Burnett. The album hit #1 on the Billboard Top 200 on its release with sales over 175,000, making it the first soundtrack to top the chart since November 2009. It was the best-selling soundtrack of 2012, the fastest selling soundtrack ever at iTunes, and was certified gold by the RIAA shortly after its release. The album earned a Golden Globe Award nomination and three Grammy Award nominations, and its first single, Taylor Swift's "Safe & Sound" featuring The Civil Wars, won the 2013 Grammy Award for "Best Song Written for Visual Media".