What a difference a year makes.
This time last year, Lorde's "Royals" reached the top of the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart. Now, she's a Grammy-winning artist, a global superstar, Taylor Swift's BFF and she's curating the new Hunger Games soundtrack.
Not bad for a 17-year-old.
Lorde released her lead single from the forthcoming Mockingjay – Part 1 soundtrack, "Yellow Flicker Beat," on Monday, and in a post on her Tumblr revealed that the full soundtrack has almost reached completion.
With the album and film out in November, ETonline is taking a look back at the artists who contributed to the franchise before and who could be on-board for the next installment.
Swift teamed up with The Civil Wars for the Hunger Games end credits song (and fan favorite) "Safe & Sound." But that wasn’t all: Swift also contributed a second and decidedly different track titled "Eyes Open" for the T Bone Burnett-curated album, Songs From District 12 and Beyond.
Will she be back?
We say: Yes! Lorde and Taylor are besties and with a new album to promote (1989, out Oct. 27), why wouldn't Taylor want to hop back on the Hunger Games train? Plus, Lorde revealed on Instagram that Taylor was the very first person to hear "Yellow Flicker Beat" ("She was instantly obsessed with it/would make me play it to our other friends in her kitchen like a proud mom"), while Taylor posted an image of Lorde's hand-written lyrics with the caption “Proud.”
Coldplay offered up "Atlas" as Catching Fire's lead single last year. Other artists featured on the soundtrack included Of Monsters and Men, Christina Aguilera and Ellie Goulding, but "Atlas" was the only track to be featured on-screen during the credits.
Will they be back?
We say: Why not? Chris Martin is reportedly dating Katniss – err, Jennifer Lawrence -- after all.
We're putting our money on UK songstress Charli XCX. She's blowing up on both sides of the pond thanks in large part to her "Fancy" chorus and The Fault in Our Stars hit "Boom Clap." She's already got fans in the Hunger Games' audience demo and she hasn't been shy about her affections for Lorde in recent interviews. Then, on September 17, Lorde cryptically tweeted "I vote Charli. For EVERYTHING." Hmm…
While we're at it, we'll throw James Blake's hat in the ring. Lorde has cited him as one of her musical inspirations, and we think his music would fit perfectly with Mockingjay's moody, dramatic tone. In theory, any featured artist would be likely record new material for the soundtrack -- but Blake’s haunting "Retrograde" has been stuck in our head ever since it was featured on HBO's The Leftovers this summer.
Who would you like to see on the Mockingjay – Part 1 soundtrack?
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