Although it’s not officially out until Tuesday, the Hunger Games: Catching Fire soundtrack is now streaming in full on iTunes. The record features 15 tracks by Coldplay, Christina Aguilera, Lorde, Patti Smith, Santigold, the National and more. The movie hits theaters on Friday, November 22nd.
The first song to be released from the soundtrack was Coldplay’s “Atlas,” which came out in September. The track found Chris Martin singing, “I’ll carry your world.” It was not only the first song the group had ever written specifically for a movie, but the first new song they’ve released since their 2011 album, Mylo Xyloto. When the track came out, Catching Fire director Francis Lawrence commented, “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.”
The same month Coldplay’s song came out, Christina Aguilera released a 90-second preview of her Catching Fire ballad, “We Remain.” Two months later, the National put out the full version of their song “Lean,” which carries the melodramatic line, “Dying is easy.” Just yesterday, Lorde unveiled a snippet of the soundtrack’s only cover song, her rendition of Tears for Fears’ 1985 Number One single “Everybody Wants to Rule the World.” About her moody, highly stylized take on the song, Tears for Fears’ Curt Smith told MTV, “I think it’s absolutely amazing. But then, I love her. I think she’s brilliant.”
All this just adds to the drama surrounding the sequel to the popular 2012 Hunger Games movie. As depicted in trailers and clips from the film, Jennifer Lawrence’s Katniss Everdeen character is celebrating her victory from the first movie as President Snow (Donald Sutherland) seeks to discredit her. His actions prompt her to take part in a competition that could yield deadly consequences.
This chapter in the four-part movie series, which draws from three books by Suzanne Collins, will see Philip Seymour Hoffman and Sam Claflin join the cast. The final two Hunger Games films are scheduled to come out in November 2014 and November 2015.