Lionsgate and Republic Records have announced that Coldplay will be releasing the first track off the upcoming “Hunger Games: Catching Fire” soundtrack — “Atlas,” dropping Aug. 26. This is the first time the band has recorded a song for a film.
Filmmaker Francis Lawrence says in a statement, “I have great respect and admiration for Coldplay, and we are thrilled with how well they have connected to the themes and ideas within the film. Their unwavering passion and excitement for the project elevated the collaboration even further, and we can’t wait to share this music with audiences around the world.”
Tracy McKnight, Lionsgate’s Head of Film Music, adds, “We are so honored that Coldplay, one of the iconic rock bands of our generation, will perform the first song out on the new soundtrack. Knowing that Chris Martin is a fan of the books makes this even more meaningful. The Coldplay single underscores the stature of recording artists we’ve assembled for this powerful soundtrack.”
This is the first in a series of announcements over the coming weeks revealing other artists who are on the “Catching Fire” soundtrack. The sequel to the 2012 hit movie is due out Nov. 22, 2013.