The Hunger Games is breaking records (the largest non-sequel debut ever) with its early box office performance, and critics say it’s pretty good too! The soundtrack is also expected to top the Billboard charts next week, which is fun news for Arcade Fire, whose “Abraham’s Daughter” appears. Win and Régine also contribute the orchestral work “Horn Of Plenty” to the film’s score. We’ve got the full Panem Anthem below, but first here’s Win discussing the track with EW:
“We were interested in making music that would be more integral in the movie, just as a mental exercise. And there’s an anthem that runs throughout the books, the national anthem of the fascist Capitol. So as a thought experiment, we tried to write what that might sound like. It’s like the Capitol’s idea of itself, basically. It’s not a pop song or anything– more of an anthem that could be playing at a big sporting event like the Games. So we did a structure for that, and then James Newton Howard made a movie-score version of it that happens in several places in the film.”
The Hunger Games: Original Motion Picture Score is out Monday via Universal Republic.