lordeLionsgate announced today that singer/songwriter Lorde has been chosen to curate the soundtrack album for The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1. She will be hand-picking the artists for the soundtrack and will also provide the first single for the film and album. The album will be released by Republic Records this fall. The 17-year-old New Zealand native who is best known for her hit song Royals and the album Pure Heroine received two Grammy Awards earlier this year for Song of the Year and Best Pop Solo Performance. The third installment in The Hunger Games series is directed by Francis Lawrence and stars Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Woody Harrelson, Stanley Tucci and Elizabeth Banks. James Newton Howard returns as the film’s composer. Mockingjay – Part 1 will be released in theaters worldwide on November 21, 2014. For updates on the film, visit the official movie website.

  1. tiago says:

    Never heard a single note of this girl. But the important thing is that James Newton Howard will be returning as the composer of the score.

    • Jeff says:

      That’s what I hate about these teen movies- they focus more on the pop music and not the written score.

    • David says:

      True. I think it’s sad that he finally ot a franchise for himself but people don’t give him credit. It’s not fair.

      • Bernhard H. Heidkamp says:

        It really is. I am honest: I really like Lorde, I listened to her song for Ctaching Fire and bought her album a week later, but I hate the fact, that almost nobody else can tell me something about the score, besides from “Rue’s Farewell”. Although I think it’s for a great part because Howard’s music is not as memorable.

        The commom moviegoers (I don’t mean that in an insulting way) connect two musical things with this franchise. Ask them what the main theme is and they will either whistle the mockingjay call or hum the capitol anthem, both not written by Howard. And I Can’t blame them…if Howard wasn’t my favourite composer I don’t think I would have recognized the music as I do. I really like the scores, but they fall a bit short in terms of memorability. There are a few themes but all used only a few times here and there and besides some crucial moments (like Rue’s Farewell and the finale of Catching Fire) the music really is just background music. With portions like “Fireworks” or “We Have Visitors” where absolutely nothing happens for 3 minutes straight, it’s easy to not get it and being encapsulated more by the songs.

        Also the fact that he abandoned a few themes (I really liked his original Katniss Theme, although the new one is hauntingly beautiful) or didn’t really utilized his old themes, but often just copied them into the second film. I mean…”The Tour”….this is not a developement of Rue’S Farewell but just the same thing all over again, just with a new beginning

        The last Airbender should have been his franchise