GRAMMY® AWARD WINNING ARTIST LORDE TO WRITE FIRST SINGLE AND CURATE SOUNDTRACK ALBUM FOR LIONSGATE'S "THE HUNGER GAMES: MOCKINGJAY - PART 1" AVAILABLE ON REPUBLIC RECORDS
SANTA MONICA, Calif., July 31, 2014 /CNW/ -- Lionsgate (NYSE: LGF), a premier next generation global content leader, announced today that multiplatinum GRAMMY® Award-winning recording star Lorde will curate the soundtrack album for the upcoming third installment of the global blockbuster The Hunger Games franchise, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1. In addition to hand-picking the artists for The Mockingjay – Part 1 soundtrack, Lorde will provide the first single for the highly anticipated film and album. The soundtrack will be available via Republic Records this fall.
The 17-year-old New Zealand native –who will embark on her third national North American tour this fall– exploded onto the scene with her Number One global hit 'Royals,' and has taken the music world by storm since the release of her critically acclaimed platinum debut album "PURE HEROINE" [LAVA/Republic Records].
Her quadruple platinum selling single 'Royals' helped earn two Billboard Music Awards for 'Best New Artist' and 'Best Rock Song,' and two GRAMMY® Awards for 'Song of the Year' and 'Best Pop Solo Performance.' She currently holds the record for 'Longest #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 by a Female Artist in 2013' and longest standing #1 for any female artist in the Billboard Alternative Chart history.
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1, directed by Francis Lawrence and starring Academy Award winner Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth and Woody Harrelson, is the latest installment in Lionsgate's global box office phenomenon based on Suzanne Collins' bestselling "Hunger Games" trilogy and will be released in theaters worldwide on November 21, 2014.
"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. 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," said Francis Lawrence.
Lorde's unique position as both a songwriter/performer and the curator of the Mockingjay – Part 1 soundtrack album came about via her unique relationship with her music publisher, SONGS Music Publishing who was a key architect of the deal.
"Curating the soundtrack for such a hotly-anticipated film was a challenge, but I jumped at the chance," said Lorde. "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."
Lionsgate is a leading global entertainment company with a strong and diversified presence in motion picture production and distribution, television programming and syndication, home entertainment, digital distribution, new channel platforms and international distribution and sales. Lionsgate currently has over 30 television shows on more than 20 networks spanning its primetime production, distribution and syndication businesses, including such critically-acclaimed hits as the multiple Emmy Award-winning Mad Men and Nurse Jackie, the comedy Anger Management, the network series Nashville, the syndication success The Wendy Williams Show and the critically-acclaimed hit series Orange is the New Black.
Its feature film business has been fueled by such recent successes as the blockbuster first two installments of The Hunger Games franchise, the first installment of the recently-launched Divergent franchise, Now You See Me, Kevin Hart: Let Me Explain, Warm Bodies, The Expendables 2, The Possession, Sinister, Roadside Attractions' Mud and Pantelion Films' breakout hit Instructions Not Included, the highest-grossing Spanish-language film ever released in the U.S.
Lionsgate's home entertainment business is an industry leader in box office-to-DVD and box office-to-VOD revenue conversion rate. Lionsgate handles a prestigious and prolific library of approximately 15,000 motion picture and television titles that is an important source of recurring revenue and serves as the foundation for the growth of the Company's core businesses. The Lionsgate and Summit brands remain synonymous with original, daring, quality entertainment in markets around the world. (www.lionsgate.com)
ABOUT SONGS MUSIC PUBLISHING
SONGS Music Publishing is the world's leading contemporary independent music publishing company. Its roster of 350 contemporary songwriters includes such acclaimed artists as Lorde, DJ Mustard, The Weeknd, Diplo and Nelly. Regarded as the songwriter's publisher, SONGS creates unique opportunities for its writers via innovative deals with content buyers and a deep commitment to both A&R and Creative Licensing. With its headquarters in New York City, SONGS also has offices in Los Angeles, London and Nashville.
ABOUT REPUBLIC RECORDS
A division of Universal Music Group, the world's leading music company, Republic is home to an all-star roster of multi-platinum, award-winning legends and superstar artists such as Amy Winehouse, Ariana Grande, Black Sabbath, Colbie Caillat, Enrique Iglesias, Florence + the Machine, Godsmack, Gotye, James Blake, John Mellencamp, Of Monsters and Men, Owl City, Weezer, among many others.
It is comprised of innovative imprints and digital business ventures including American Recordings (The Avett Brothers), Brushfire (Jack Johnson, G. Love), Cash Money (Lil Wayne, Drake, Nicki Minaj), John Varvatos Records, Lava Records (Jessie J, Lorde), Monkeywrench (Pearl Jam), Casablanca Records (Tïesto, Martin Garrix), NBC's The Voice (Cassadee Pope, Danielle Bradbery), XO (The Weeknd), among others. In addition, Republic maintains a long-standing strategic alliance with country powerhouse Big Machine Label Group which is comprised of Big Machine Records (Rascal Flatts, Taylor Swift, Tim McGraw), Dot Records, and Republic Nashville (The Band Perry, Florida Georgia Line, The Eli Young Band).
ABOUT LAVA RECORDS
LAVA Records was formed in 1995 where the roster boasted seminal multi-platinum, award-winning luminaries such as Kid Rock, Matchbox Twenty, Uncle Kracker, Sugar Ray, Trans-Siberian Orchestra, and more. Cumulatively, these artists sold in excess of 100 million records around the world during the eight years of the label's initial existence. From 2003 until 2008, current CEO and President Jason Flom departed the label to serve as Chairman & CEO of Capitol Music Group, where he oversaw releases for legends such as Lenny Kravitz and the Rolling Stones and also signed and ignited the launch of breakthrough superstar Katy Perry. In 2009 LAVA was revived via a strategic alliance with Republic Records for the label's distribution. The current phase of LAVA has led to breaking international Grammy Award winning artists Lorde and Jessie J as record-breaking musical icons. Other acts on the current roster include Black Veil Brides, Trans-Siberian Orchestra and more.