Lorde Is Getting Back On Board With 'Hunger Games'
By Sophie Schillaci
Lorde is lending her talents to The Hunger Games franchise... again!
The Grammy winner first appeared on the soundtrack for Catching Fire last year singing "Everybody Wants to Rule the World,” but fans can expect her to be even more involved on the Mockingjay - Part 1 companion album. It was announced on Thursday that Lorde will not only write and perform the first single, but she'll curate the whole soundtrack.
That's right, the 17-year-old is on board to hand-pick each and every artist that will appear on the Mockingjay - Part 1 soundtrack after meeting with the filmmakers earlier this year.
"I sat down with Lorde on the set of Mockingjay this spring and I was immediately struck by how she so innately understood what we, as both fans and filmmakers, were trying to accomplish with the film," said director Francis Lawrence. "Her immense talent and keen understanding of Mockingjay's characters and themes not only have enabled her to create a song of her own that completely captures the film's essence, but her insight and passion for our project make her the perfect creative force to assemble the other songs on our soundtrack. I can't wait to share what she's done with the fans -- it is truly remarkable."
Lorde, whose real name is Ella Yelich O'Connor, admits that this new gig comes as a bit of a challenge.
"Curating the soundtrack for such a hotly-anticipated film was a challenge, but I jumped at the chance,” she said. "The cast and story are an inspiration for all musicians participating and, as someone with cinematic leanings, being privy to a different creative process has been a unique experience. I think the soundtrack is definitely going to surprise people."
No word yet on which artists she'll choose for the coveted gig, but we can only hope that Lorde's pal Taylor Swift will make an appearance. The country-pop star performed two tracks on the soundtrack for the first film, singing solo on "Eyes Open" and joining forces with The Civil Wars for "Safe & Sound." And with Ed Sheeran's star brighter than ever (plus multiple soundtracks already under his belt), we wouldn’t be at all surprised to see his name pop up on a track list, as well.
Other artists to have previously lent their talents to the franchise include Coldplay, Maroon 5, Kid Cudy, Birdy, Arcade Fire, The Pistol Annies, Of Monsters and Men, Imagine Dragons and Christina Aguilera, among others.
The soundtrack for Mockingjay - Part 1 will be released via Republic Records this fall, while the film hits theaters on November 21. Are you excited to see what Lorde has in store for fans?