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The Decemberists To Be A Part Of The Hunger Games Soundtrack

Recently, the news came out that Taylor Swift and The Civil Wars’ single from the upcoming “The Hunger Games” soundtrack, “Safe and Sound” had been released. Now, according to Collider and Entertainment Weekly, news is coming out about the other musical acts that will appear on the soundtrack.

According to the sites, other songs on the soundtrack will be contributed by The Decemberists, Arcade Fire members Win Butler and Regine Chassagne. The soundtrack is also being produced by T-Bone Burnett, who won an Oscar for his work on “Crazy Heart.” James Newton Howard has also been tapped to co-create the score for the film; Howard is replacing Danny Elfman, who had to bow out due to scheduling conflicts. I think Newton is a better fit, anyway, since I don’t know how well Elfman’s tone would fit with the film. It might have been jarring, and I think Howard’s score aesthetic would fit better with the tone of the movie.

If you take a look at all of the people coming together for the soundtrack, you’ll get the sense that the film might have a very earthy, gritty-sounding yet romantic feel. With the inclusion of Swift, you can see that the studio is very much trying to market this film toward the teen/tween crowd, further cementing the fact that this is supposed to be Lionsgate’s answer to “Twilight.” Should it be marketed as such is another question, but the soundtrack is doing its best to get their core audience while attracting music fans who might be a little older with the additions of The Civil Wars and The Decemberists.

What do you think of the soundtrack thus far? Give your opinions below.

Jennifer Lawrence

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Monique Jones blogs about race and culture in entertainment, particularly movies and television. You can read her articles at Racialicious, and her new site, COLOR . You can also listen to her new podcast, What would Monique Say.

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