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Lorde, Jay Z and More Musicians Who Score

August 11th, 2014

Jay Z and Lorde

MMVA 2014 performer 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.

Lorde isn’t the first pop star to take on scoring a film soundtrack. Today we’re taking a look at some of the biggest names in the business who brought their skills to Hollywood.


After hearing Lorde’s stirring rendition of Tears for Fears hit track Everybody Wants To Rule The World from the Hunger Games: Catching Fire soundtrack, we have big expectations for the young singer’s upcoming work for the Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1.

Eddie Vedder

Impressed with his contributions for the I Am Sam and Dead Man Walking soundtracks, director Sean Penn asked Pearl Jam frontman Eddie Vedder to create the music for his latest film, Into the Wild . The album received a Golden Globe nomination and the track Rise received a Grammy nomination for Best Rock Vocal Performance, Solo.

Arcade Fire

Along with fellow Canadian artist Owen Pallett and Karen O of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Arcade Fire created the beautiful and dreamy soundtrack for Spike Jonze’s 2013 film Her.

Imagine Dragons

Director Michael Bay not only wanted Las Vegas rockers Imagine Dragons to write Battle Cry for his fourth Transformers film, but he also requested the band work with the composer Steve Jablonsky, as well as famed film composer Hans Zimmer, to create the musical cues for Transformers: Age of Extinction.

Jenny Lewis

Former child star Jenny Lewis sorta returned to the big screen this summer when she signed on to provide the score for her friend Naomi Foner’s directorial debut Very Good Girls, starring Dakota Fanning and Elizabeth Olsen.

Jay Z

Jay Z worked as the Executive Producer for Baz Luhrmann’s The Great Gatsby, contributing his own song $100 Bill and tapping wife Beyoncé to record Amy Winehouses’ Back to Black with Andre 3000.

Trent Reznor

Nine Inch Nails frontman Trent Reznor has enjoyed a successful partnership with director David Fincher over the past few years, scoring both The Social Network and The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo. Reznor won an Academy Award and a Golden Globe for his work on The Social Network for Best Original Score.

Jonny Greenwood

Radiohead guitarist Jonny Greenwood doesn’t seem to know how to relax during downtime between Radiohead albums. The English musician has scored the soundtracks for Bodysong, There Will Be Blood, Norwegian Wood, We Need To Talk About Kevin, and The Master. I’m exhausted.

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