Lorde to curate soundtrack, pen single for ‘Hunger Games’ sequel

Lorde performs at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in Indio on April 12.
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The singer-songwriter Lorde will have a major hand in the soundtrack for the forthcoming “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1.”

The voice behind “Royals” will pen a new lead single for the latest installment of the popular film franchise. Her blend of minor-key electronic pop, regal vocals and tales of disaffected teenagers could be a natural fit for the series.

In addition, the singer will also oversee the selections for the soundtrack album for the film, where her single will appear.

Lorde became a major star last year, with “Royals” going quadruple-platinum and her album “Pure Heroine” selling over a million copies. She won awards for Song of the Year and Best Pop Solo Performance for “Royals” at this year’s Grammys.

In April, she played one of the most high-profile sets at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival. In 2013, she signed a $2.5-million publishing deal with Songs Publishing, and this soundtrack will be a high-profile addition to that catalog.


“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 in a statement.

“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.”

“The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1" is due in theaters Nov. 21, with the soundtrack expected out this fall.

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