New York, NY (Top40 Charts/ Universal Republic Records)
"THE HUNGER GAMES": SONGS FROM DISTRICT 12 AND BEYOND breaks first-week sales record of a soundtrack on the iTunes Store in the US. The soundtrack also debuted at #1 on the iTunes album charts and Billboard Top 200 with sales in excess of 175,000 units. It is the first soundtrack to debut at #1 on the Billboard Chart since November 2009.
The companion album to the Lionsgate (NYSE: LGF) film is dominating the charts with impressive digital and physical sales, stirring up excitement fitting of the film, which broke multiple box office records when it opened on March 23rd, 2012.
The album is firmly entrenched at the top of multiple charts. Within hours of its midnight release "THE HUNGER GAMES": SONGS FROM DISTRICT 12 AND BEYOND reached #1 on the iTunes Top Albums chart, where it's remained ever since.
Further number ones abound from the release: #1 Soundtrack
Album on iTunes, and tracks from the soundtrack to land on The iTunes Top 100 include Maroon 5's "Come Away to the Water," and the #1 iTunes track from Taylor Swift
Featuring The Civil Wars' "Safe & Sound." The collection's second track from Grammy Award winning Big Machine recording artist Taylor Swift, "Eyes Open
", also reached #1 on the iTunes Top 100 Songs Chart. Simultaneously, "Eyes Open
" has exploded onto Top 40 and Hot AC stations from coast to coast and is quickly becoming a breakout hit.
As an added bonus fans receive a free download of "Deep in the Meadow (Lullaby)" performed by the legendary Sting
on www.thehungergamesmovie.com/lullaby. Sting
powerfully carries the song with his inimitable presence and prowess, crafting an unforgettable gem for listeners.
critics and tastemakers have lauded the soundtrack already with rave reviews. People Magazine declares, "THE HUNGER GAMES has assembled a soundtrack that is a blockbuster," while Newsday writes, "THE HUNGER GAMES: Songs from District 12 and Beyond works as a soundtrack and a serious, cohesive album."
Produced by 12-time Grammy winner T Bone Burnett, "THE HUNGER GAMES": SONGS FROM DISTRICT 12 AND BEYOND features 17 brand-new and exclusive tracks by many of music's top artists who've drawn from the themes of The Hunger Games to craft their songs. Each song comes to life vibrantly mirroring the depth and beauty inherent in the story.
About THE HUNGER GAMES
Every year in the ruins of what was once North America, the Capitol of the nation of Panem forces each of its twelve districts to send a teenage boy and girl to compete in the Hunger Games. A twisted punishment for a past uprising and an ongoing government intimidation tactic, The Hunger Games are a nationally televised event in which "Tributes" must fight with one another until one survivor remains.
Sixteen year old Katniss Everdeen volunteers in her younger sister's place to enter the games, and is forced to rely upon her sharp instincts as well as the mentorship of drunken former victor Haymitch Abernathy when she's pitted against highly-trained Tributes who have prepared for these Games their entire lives. If she's ever to return home to District 12, Katniss must make impossible choices in the arena that weigh survival against humanity and life against love.
THE HUNGER GAMES is directed by Gary Ross, with a screenplay by Gary Ross and Suzanne Collins and Billy Ray, and produced by Nina Jacobson's Color
Force in tandem with producer Jon Kilik. Suzanne Collins' best-selling novel, the first in a trilogy published by Scholastic that has over 26 million copies in print in the United States alone, has developed a massive global following. It has spent more than 180 consecutive weeks/more than three consecutive years to date on The New York Times bestseller list since its publication in September
2008, and has also appeared consistently on USA Today and Publishers Weekly bestseller lists.
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