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London Olympics opening ceremony soundtrack topping charts

July 29, 2012|By Dan Loumena
  • Paul McCartney cheers during the London Olympics opening ceremony on Friday night.
Paul McCartney cheers during the London Olympics opening ceremony on Friday… (Wally Skalij / Los Angeles…)

While many viewers didn't always care for the quirky opening ceremony produced by Danny Boyle for the London Olympics, many did appreciate the eclectic mix of music that accompanied it.

The soundtrack, a 36-song, two-disc set titled "Isle of Wonder," is currently topping the iTunes album charts in Belgium, Britain, France and Spain while reaching No. 5 in the U.S.

On Aug. 6, you can purchase the album on Universal Music's Decca Records label.

Boyle helped curate the first 14 songs, most of which were a celebration of British music, from David Bowie and The Pet Shop Boys of yesteryear to the more current Chemical Brothers, Arctic Monkeys and Underworld, which was featured heavily in the second wave of songs from the "Welcome" portion of the ceremony.

Among the other artists featured on the album were U2 with "Where the Streets Have No Name," Michael Oldfield with "Tubular Bells" and A.R. Rahman with "Nimma Nimma."

Universal is also going to record the Aug. 12 closing ceremony, which will feature music from The Who.

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