New Zealand teen superstar Lorde has been tapped to record new music and curate the upcoming Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 soundtrack. It’s official, she is the coolest.
Lorde’s history with the YA franchise goes back to the Hunger Games: Catching Fire, where she provided a haunting rendition of Tears for Fears’ Everybody Wants To Rule The World. It’s seeeeew good.
As one of the biggest musicians in the world and a teen herself, Lorde is the perfect choice to get inside the viewers mind for Mockingjay – Part 1 and help give the film another emotional dimension.
Not only are we excited to hear Lorde’s new music for the film, but we also can’t wait to see who she picks for the soundtrack. Here are a few artists we think Lorde should consider for Mockingjay – Part 1.
1. Ed Sheeran
Okay, okay, we know that Ed Sheeran’s I See Fire was already used on the soundtrack for The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, but we can’t handle how good it would be for Mockingjay – Part 1. The song is about fire and war and cities burning. If that’s not a synopsis for Mockingjay then I don’t know what is.
2. Taylor Swift
Swift is good friends with Lorde and has already worked with The Hunger Games franchise, supplying the hauntingly beautiful track Safe and Sound for the first film. Also, we just really, really want some new Taylor Swift music.
UK powerhouse singer Adele is readying to release her third studio album this year and she absolutely killed it with her James Bond theme for Skyfall. And she’s Adele, so you know, flawless.
4. Sam Smith
There’s nothing Sam Smith can do wrong in 2014 and we think he’d be great addition to the soundtrack. The man knows how to write about heartbreak and loss, a huge theme in The Hunger Games.
5. Kanye West
Back in 2008, Kanye West was experimenting with sounds and themes and produced some of his greatest work. Something in the vein of Street Lights, a dark song with a hint of inspiration, would fit seamlessly into Mockingjay- Part 1 and Katniss’ struggle to become the symbol of the rebellion.
Frankly, this film and soundtrack need a few moments of joy and Coldplay would be the perfect fit to provide a moment of reprieve from the darkness of the Capitol and District 13.
7. 5 Seconds of Summer
*Spoiler Alert!* If you’ve read the Hunger Games series you know that a big struggle in Mockingjay is Peeta’s inability to tell the difference between real and fake, with almost amnesia-like symptoms as a result of his time being brainwashed by President Snow. The new single from 5 Seconds of Summer would be a slam dunk for the soundtrack and its teen (and adult *coughcough* audience).
8. Lana Del Rey
Young and Beautiful from The Great Gatsby, Once Upon a Dream from Maleficent… Shall we go on or is this enough to know that Lana Del Rey ‘gets’ soundtracks?
9. Majid Jordan
As if the somber mood of Majid Jordan’s track A Place Like This wasn’t enough of a sell for the Mockingjay soundtrack, how about lyrics like “It’s a difficult place when it gets like this/ It’s hard to raise a child when it gets like this”?
Sia is not only the artist behind some of the biggest pop songs of the past five years, but she’s also in front of them as well. The multi-talented singer/songwriter would not only deliver a track with depth and emotion, but she would also deliver an amazing video.
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 hits theatres November 21.