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Coldplay's 'Atlas' is first single from 'Hunger Games' soundtrack

August 09, 2013
  • Chris Martin of Coldplay, performing here during the 2012 KROQ Weenie Roast in Irvine, has first single from "Hunger Games: Catching Fire" soundtrack.
Chris Martin of Coldplay, performing here during the 2012 KROQ Weenie Roast… (Arkasha Stevenson / Los…)

The first track from the soundtrack for “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire” will be Coldplay's "Atlas" and will be released Aug. 26. This will be the first original song the group has recorded for a movie.

"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," director Francis Lawrence said in a statement. "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."

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The soundtrack from the first film entered the Billboard 200 albums chart at No. 1 and the first single, “Safe & Sound” by Taylor Swift and the Civil Wars won a Grammy Award earlier this year as best song written for visual media.

“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," Lionsgate's Head of Film Music Tracy McKnight said in the same statement. "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."


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