When she's not busy winning awards or working on her upcoming album, Taylor Swift has been lending her talents to the soundtrack for "The Hunger Games."
The 22-year-old country star tweeted a link to the single, titled "Safe and Sound," on Thursday, teasing, "Something I've been VERY excited about for a VERY long time is going to be happening VERY soon (and I'm not referring to Christmas)."
She crafted the song with The Civil Wars, and by Friday afternoon the folk group tweeted that "Safe and Sound" was No. 1 on iTunes.
Billboard describes "Safe and Sound" as "a melancholy, acoustic ballad," and as Rolling Stone notes, the lyrics reference "Hunger Games'" themes of "struggle and survival." The chorus' lyrics include, "Just close your eyes/The sun is going down/You'll be alright/No one can hurt you now."
Take a listen to the song below - how do you think it fits with the movie's dystopian tale of forced teenage battles?
Adapted from the novel written by Suzanne Collins, "The Hunger Games," starring Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson and Liam Hemsworth, opens March 23.
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Dear me... They better not play this during Rue's death.. Unless it's -after- Katniss sings the lullaby to her. That's a major plot point in the storyline.
Anyway, not a big fan of T-Swizzle, but this song is absolutely amazing and fits in very well with the novel.
I'm also scratching my head over the B. Spears song... What's it called? I've found nothing other than a spoof of "I Wanna Go" ...
better than this:
All I see is that Universal Music Group has blocked the content of the video. Why put up a story without any content or was written without proper permissions in the first place. The writer of this story should be fired! This is just another cheap PR trick.
Or maybe UMG should get what they deserve for blocking a CNN review of their video: no sales.
"Hunger Games" sounds a lot like Battle Royale....and by a lot I mean A LOT! might want to look that up might have a copyright story to write about.
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Wow, I've never even heard of Hunger Games before, but now that I wiki'd it... Yea TOTAL rip-off of Battle Royale. Just with a smaller whiter cast.
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Actually britney has a higher percentage than taylor swift look on google or look at britneys population or find out with math how many songs britney has and then add it all or multiply. Also find out with math how many songs taylor has and then add it up or multiply
Probably too soon to say. But this song is bound to get some oscar buzz. And what song did SPEARS do for the movie?
yinz forgetting that Pop Princess SPEARs did a song for this movie the hunger game. talk about that one two and compare with SWIFT song.
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This video contains content from UMG, who has blocked iron copyright grounds.
I think that taylors music will evolve, and good on her for showing courage.
I think that they should play that one song fire to the rain for the entrance of the 74th hunger games.
If it's Taylor, then it's real. She's the heart in the Country this generation listens to.
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I agree with Steve-O.
I'm not a big Swift fan, but I've loved The Civil Wars since day one. I do like this song, however. It isn't overproduced, bubblegum music. It much more real, and I think it actually does fit well with this novel and will fit right in with the movie as well.
Thanks for ruining the storyline for those of us who haven't been inclined to read the books before seeing the movie!
Oh, don't worry. I'm pretty sure that like all the other movies "based" on a book, it'll turn out to be completely different from the book. So, no worries, you can enjoy the movie when it comes out without it bein spoiled for you.
at first, I thought it was the wrong choice, but then I listened to the song and realized how much it relates to events in the book. It fits when Rue's dying.
Yup, I'll be buying the soundtrack like I did for all the Twilight movies. Same sort of guilty pleasure.
At first I was worried about Taylor making a song for such an amazing series. But then I listened to it. It is soft and beautiful and would really fit either the cave scene with Katniss and Peeta or when Rue was dying. Even though I don't like Taylor that much I have to say: Great job!!! :D
T swift, she have pubs yet?
Does kanye west like fishsticks?
yes. kanye west does like fish sticks.
He likes to put them in his mouth.
I heard he likes them chocolate covered, so he sticks them somewhere else first.
I had a lot of respect for The Civil Wars. Now that Swift entered the scene, not so much now. Swift is the Beiber of country music.
ok so we got two songs so far for this movie. We got a song from SPEARS and now SWIFT. thats coolio.
Love it. Very much a departure for Swift and that's a good thing. The song fits in very nicely with the story of The Hunger Games...can't wait for the film!!.
Yes, I agree it fits perfectly. Both story and soundtrack are terrible.
Agreed! I totally expected it to be awful since it's a Taylor Swift song but it was actually really perfect. Color me shocked.
Taylor Swift for 'The Hunger Games'? Kill it with fire, Katniss.
Her eyes are always slanty,like shes doing a racist asian stereotype.
Id like to make her eyes pop wide open(wink wink wink)
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