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The Week In Pop: Fifty Shades Of Grey And The Movie Soundtrack Resurgence

From Saturday Night Fever to Purple Rain to The Godfather, movie soundtracks used to be a major factor on the albums chart. Then, all of the sudden, they weren’t. This user-made Amazon list of the top 20 bestselling soundtracks of all time includes only two albums released this century, and those — O Brother, WhereMore »

By: Chris DeVille / February 19, 2015 - 4:17 pm

Jennifer Lawrence’s Hunger Games Song Has Gone Platinum

If you don’t know anything about “The Hanging Tree,” here’s what you need to know: It’s a song composed for The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 by James Newton Howard and it features Jennifer Lawrence on vocals. It’s a creepy-as-hell take on classic Americana murder ballads whose lyrics originally appeared in the book, but were… More »

By: Gabriela Tully Claymore / February 2, 2015 - 2:13 pm

Lana Del Rey, Lorde, Trent Reznor, Patti Smith Nominated For Golden Globes

The Hollywood Foreign Press Association announced the nominations for next year’s Golden Globe awards this morning, and the nominees, especially in the musical categories, include a few people who are very familiar in this particular corner of the internet. In the Best Original Song category, three of our best, weirdest female pop stars are u… More »

By: Tom Breihan / December 11, 2014 - 9:11 am

Jennifer Lawrence Officially Has A Hot 100 Single

Jennifer Lawrence now has a Billboard Hot 100 song thanks to her contribution to The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 score, which features “The Hanging Tree,” a song that the Academy Award-winning actress sings in the movie. (The score is separate from the Lorde-curated Mockingjay soundtrack.) The song is technically credited to the film’… More »

By: James Rettig / December 3, 2014 - 7:13 pm

Lorde – “Ladder Song” (Bright Eyes Cover)

Following lead single “Yellow Flicker Beat,” here’s Lorde’s second solo contribution to The Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 1 soundtrack that she also curated. It’s a cover of the Bright Eyes’ track “Ladder Song,” which was on his 2011 album The People’s Key. Listen below. More »

By: James Rettig / November 13, 2014 - 9:15 pm

Charli XCX – “Kingdom” (Feat. Simon Le Bon)

Charli XCX’s contribution to the Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 1 soundtrack has also surfaced. “Kingdom” is a collaboration with Duran Duran’s Simon Le Bon and Vampire Weekend’s Rostam Batmanglij. Here’s what she had to say about it in an interview with Pitchfork from earlier this week: “It was definitely exciting to be working with… More »

By: James Rettig / November 13, 2014 - 8:29 pm

Bat for Lashes – “Plan The Escape” (Son Lux Cover)

The Lorde-curated Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 1 soundtrack comes out next week, and tracks are starting to come out left and right. In the past two weeks alone, we’ve heard the Stromae posse cut “Meltdown” featuring Lorde, Pusha T, Q-Tip, and Haim; Major Lazer’s Ariana Grande collaboration “All My Love,” Kanye’s rework of “Yellow… More »

By: James Rettig / November 13, 2014 - 8:16 pm

Stromae – “Meltdown” (Feat. Lorde, Pusha T, Q-Tip, & HAIM)

It appears to be Lorde Day on Stereogum, and that can only be a good thing. The Lorde-curated soundtrack for The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 comes out in a few days, and its tracks are hitting the internet quickly enough that it’s been hard to process them. Lorde’s solo track “Yellow Flicker Beat“… More »

By: Tom Breihan / November 13, 2014 - 12:32 pm

Major Lazer – “All My Love” (Feat. Ariana Grande)

As previously reported, the one unannounced song from the upcoming Lorde-curated The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 soundtrack is a collaboration between R&B-pop wunderkind Ariana Grande and Diplo. As it turns out, that song, “All My Love,” is credited to Major Lazer featuring Grande. It was also co-written by emerging Danish pop star and… More »

By: Tom Breihan / November 13, 2014 - 10:59 am

Lorde – “Flicker (Kanye West Rework)”

Lorde has shared the Kanye West rework of her The Hunger Games – Mockingjay: Part 1 single “Yellow Flicker Beat.” The title of the song is shortened to “Flicker” and it’s a subtle adjustment of the track that makes it a bit more grandiose and ominous. Certainly a rework more than a remix, but it’… More »

By: James Rettig / November 11, 2014 - 12:11 am

Lorde – “Yellow Flicker Beat” Video

Last year, Lorde came out of middle-of-nowhere New Zealand and scored a #1 American hit. This year, she’s sold more albums than almost anyone else. She’s become a bona fide pop star without sacrificing any of her art-kid weirdness, and she’s curated the indie-heavy soundtrack to The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1, which seems certai… More »

By: Tom Breihan / November 6, 2014 - 9:03 am

Chvrches – “Dead Air”

Chvrches have unveiled their contribution to The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 soundtrack, which was curated by Lorde. If it sounds familiar, that’s because they’ve been playing it live for the past few weeks under working titles like “Richard Pryor,” “Gene Wilder,” and “Eddie Murphy.” The official title of the song is “Dead Air”… More »

By: James Rettig / November 4, 2014 - 12:20 am

Secret Mockingjay Soundtrack Song Revealed: Ariana Grande x Lorde x Diplo

Last week when the tracklist for the Lorde-curated Hunger Games: Mockingjay soundtrack was announced, one song was left off: the mysteriously unlabeled “Track 5.” (Lorde tweeted that it wasn’t meant to be a mystery and that it just hadn’t been finished yet.) As MTV points out, in a livestream with her fans today, Ariana Grande… More »

By: James Rettig / October 29, 2014 - 6:54 pm

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 Soundtrack Has Chvrches, Haim, Pusha T, Charli XCX, Bat For Lashes, & Kanye’s Lorde Remix

In between stops on her summer tour, Lorde curated the soundtrack to the upcoming blockbuster The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1. We’ve already heard some of her handiwork in her solo cut “Yellow Flicker Beat” as well as “This Is Not A Game,” her collaboration with the Chemical Brothers and Miguel that premiered earlier… More »

By: Scott Lapatine / October 20, 2014 - 10:36 pm

The Chemical Brothers (Feat. Miguel & Lorde) – “This Is Not A Game”

Lorde curated the soundtrack for the upcoming The Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 1, which has already produced one new song from the artist, “Yellow Flicker Beat.” Now we get another! Sort of. “This Is Not A Game” is actually a Chemical Brothers track (their first new song in two years) that features Miguel (prominently)… More »

By: Michael Nelson / October 20, 2014 - 3:01 pm

Lorde – “Yellow Flicker Beat”

As promised, Lorde’s contribution to the soundtrack she curated for The Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 1 is here. It’s a song of vengeance and foreboding, with young Ms. Yelich-O’Connor breathing threats against her enemies and unfurling intrigue along the lines of “I’m a princess cut from marble, smoother than a storm/ And the scar… More »

By: Chris DeVille / September 29, 2014 - 10:50 am

Lorde’s Hunger Games Song “Yellow Flicker Beat” Out Next Week

Over the summer we learned that Lorde would curate the soundtrack for The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 as well as contribute an original single of her own. Now we know that single is called “Yellow Flicker Beat,” and it’s coming out next week. The woman herself revealed the album art and a 9/29 release… More »

By: Chris DeVille / September 22, 2014 - 3:00 pm

Lorde To Curate The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Soundtrack

Last year’s The Hunger Games: Catching Fire had a pretty strong soundtrack, by blockbuster standards; the makers of the new Transformers are not, after all, calling the National and asking them for new songs. But the new Hunger Games movie, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1, might be better, thanks to a match made… More »

By: Tom Breihan / July 31, 2014 - 10:40 am

The Gummy Awards: Your Top 10 Movies Of 2013

We continue our unveiling of the year’s Gummy Award winners today with your choices for the year’s best movies. If any movies are reading this, make sure your phones are nearby for when your publicist calls! And please remember that it’s an honor just to be a movie. Someone spent a lot of money o… More »

By: Kelly Conaboy / December 20, 2013 - 2:07 pm

U2, Coldplay, Justin Timberlake Nominated For Best Song Golden Globes

This morning, the nominations for this year’s Golden Globe Awards were announced, and they had a few surprises. For instance, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association apparently takes the Ron Howard racing movie Rush more seriously than anyone could’ve guessed. There weren’t any real left turns in the Best Original Song nominations, but the category did… More »

By: Tom Breihan / December 12, 2013 - 10:05 am
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