Well, well, well… Not only did The Hunger Games open huge in theaters, setting records for a non-sequel and nabbing the third highest opening weekend of all time, but the soundtrack has also proved to be a record-breaker. Universal Republic Records announced The Hunger Games: Songs From District 12 and Beyond now holds the record for the most sales of a soundtrack on iTunes. The soundtrack also debuted at #1 on the iTunes album charts as well as the Billboard Top 200 (marking the first soundtrack to score a #1 debut since 2009). More than 175,000 units have already been sold.
Individual tracks off the soundtrack album have also been burning up the charts. Taylor Swift featuring The Civil Wars’ “Safe & Sound” hit #1 on iTunes as did Swift’s “Eyes Open.” Maroon 5’s “Come Away to the Water” also landed on the iTunes Top 100.
The Hunger Games Soundtrack List:
1. Arcade Fire – “Abraham’s Daughter”
2. The Secret Sisters – “Tomorrow Will Be Kinder”
3. Neko Case – “Nothing To Remember”
4. Taylor Swift featuring The Civil Wars – “Safe & Sound”
5. Kid Cudi – “The Ruler and The Killer”
6. Punch Brothers – “Dark Days”
7. The Decemberists – “One Engine”
8. Carolina Chocolate Drops – “Daughter’s Lament”
9. The Civil Wars – “Kingdom Come”
10. Glen Hansard – “Take The Heartland”
11. Maroon 5 featuring Rozzi Crane – “Come Away To The Water”
12. Miranda Lambert featuring Pistol Annies – “Run Daddy Run”
13. Jayme Dee – “Rules”
14. Taylor Swift – “Eyes Open”
15. The Low Anthem – “Lover is Childlike”
16. Birdy – “Just A Game”
The Hunger Games Plot:
Every year in the ruins of what was once North America, the Capitol of the nation of Panem forces each of its twelve districts to send a teenage boy and girl to compete in the Hunger Games. A twisted punishment for a past uprising and an ongoing government intimidation tactic, The Hunger Games are a nationally televised event in which “Tributes” must fight with one another until one survivor remains.
Sixteen year old Katniss Everdeen volunteers in her younger sister’s place to enter the games, and is forced to rely upon her sharp instincts as well as the mentorship of drunken former victor Haymitch Abernathy when she’s pitted against highly-trained Tributes who have prepared for these Games their entire lives. If she’s ever to return home to District 12, Katniss must make impossible choices in the arena that weigh survival against humanity and life against love.