The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) announced that the Hunger Games companion album, Songs From District 12 and Beyond, has been certified Gold for selling more than 500 000 copies in the United States. The album sold this amount in just one month.
Syco Records band One Direction’s “Up All Night,” Mercury Nashville legend Lionel Richie’s first record in five years “Tuskegee” and the Universal Republic soundtrack to popular post-apocalyptic film “The Hunger Games” each sold more than 500,000 copies to earn timely golden awards in April.
The man behind The Hunger Games Soundtrack, Greg Wells, takes us into the development process used to create the music behind the blockbuster. Greg talks with PopMatters about collaborating with T. Bone Burnett, his favorite song on the album and more! Take a look!
As for the The Hunger Games: Songs From District 12 and Beyond, “It was T-Bone’s idea to bring in another producer that was more in line with Top 40 radio, which sometimes I am, sometimes I’m not,” Wells says. “But I made it to the top of his list of who he should talk to.” The first task Burnett gave Wells was creating a version of the Taylor Swift/Civil Wars song, “Safe and Sound”, that would be different than the version on the soundtrack, and more appropriate for Top 40 radio.
Wells explains, “[Burnett] said, ‘I’m not going to come watch you work, I’m not going to sit over your shoulder. I think you should just take these vocals and take this main acoustic guitar track, and just do what feels right to you. When you feel like the cake is baked, or baked enough, I’ll come by your studio and give it a listen.’
“So that’s exactly what I did, I just followed my nose. And that’s pretty much what I do with whoever I’m working with. I try not to overthink things, I just sort of lead with my gut feeling. Continue reading →
The Hunger Games Companion Album: Songs from District 12 and Beyond has already been released. But now you can buy all of The Hunger Games albums!
The Hunger Games Original Score is now on sale at the Official Online Store for $13.98 for the CD, $11.98 for the digital album.
The Hunger Games Limited Collector’s Edition Sountrack is for sale, a physical CD for $17.98
New music from Taylor Swift, Arcade Fire, The Civil Wars and more! INCLUDES MOVIE POSTER & SET of 9 EXCLUSIVE HUNGER GAMES TRADING CARDS. CD unlocks EXCLUSIVE bonus song – “Deep In The Meadow (Lullaby)”.