Lorde is certainly “sitting pretty on the throne” lately — not only does she have a history-making single and one of the most hotly anticipated debut albums of the fall — she’s also featured on the soundtrack of “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire,” right up there with musical legends like Patti Smith and fellow buzz act the Weeknd.
The full track list for the soundtrack of the next “Hunger Games” film was revealed Thursday (September 26), and right there between Imagine Dragons and The Lumineers sits Lorde, who is contributing a track titled “Everybody Wants to Rule the World.” The jam — appropriate for someone who is self-admittedly obsessed with royalty — does not appear on her upcoming album Pure Heroine, which means in addition to her September 30 debut, we can expect more new music from Lorde when the film comes out on in November.
The rest of the track list is no slouch either — MTV Artist To Watch the Weeknd has a track called “Devil May Cry” and is featured, along with Diplo, on “Elastic Heart” by Sia. The National has a track called “Lean” — originally titled “Dying Is Easy” — Patti Smith offers “Capital Letter” and Ellie Goulding contributes “Mirrors.”
It’s interesting to note that the soundtrack is replete with strong female musicians — Aguilera, Smith and Goulding included — musical choices that seem to perfectly suit the plot of the film, which sees Katniss Everdeen cast, once more, into the Hunger Games to compete against the former victors in one epic battle.
Lorde is the perfect addition to that stable of singers, a 16-year-old, fiercely independent musician who seeks to maintain control over every creative choice in her career.
“Basically everything that I put out that has my name on it is controlled by me,” she told MTV News. “I have a very strong visual identity. I know how I want stuff to look. I’m almost too involved. I feel like people who work with me are like, ‘Oh, God! Leave me alone!’”
Judging by this recent addition to your resumé, Lorde, we’re going to have to go ahead and disagree with you here.
Check out the full track list below:
» Coldplay – “Atlas”
» Of Monsters and Men – “Silhouettes”
» Sia (ft. The Weeknd & Diplo) – “Elastic Heart”
» The National – “Lean”
» Christina Aguilera – “We Remain”
» The Weeknd – “Devil May Cry”
» Imagine Dragons – “Who We Are”
» Lorde – “Everybody Wants To Rule The World”
» The Lumineers – “Gale Song”
» Ellie Goulding – “Mirrors”
» Patti Smith – “Capital Letter”
» Santigold – “Shooting Arrows At The Sky”
» Mikky Ekko – “Place For Us”
» Phantogram – “Lights”
» Antony & The Johnsons – “Angel On Fire”