"THE HUNGER GAMES": SONGS FROM DISTRICT 12 AND BEYOND breaks first-week sales record of a soundtrack on the iTunes Store in the US. The soundtrack also debuted at #1 on the iTunes album charts and Billboard Top 200 with sales in excess of 175,000 units. It is the first soundtrack to debut at #1 on the Billboard Chart since November 2009.
The companion album to the Lionsgate® (NYSE: LGF) film is dominating the charts with impressive digital and physical sales, stirring up excitement fitting of the film, which broke multiple box office records when it opened on March 23 rd, 2012.
The album is firmly entrenched at the top of multiple charts. Within hours of its midnight release "THE HUNGER GAMES": SONGS FROM DISTRICT 12 AND BEYOND reached #1 on the iTunes Top Albums chart, where it’s remained ever since.
Further number ones abound from the release: #1 Soundtrack Album on iTunes, and tracks from the soundtrack to land on The iTunes Top 100 include Maroon 5's "Come Away to the Water," and the #1 iTunes track from Taylor Swift Featuring The Civil Wars' "Safe & Sound." The collection's second track from Grammy Award winning Big Machine recording artist Taylor Swift, "Eyes Open", also reached #1 on the iTunes Top 100 Songs Chart. Simultaneously, "Eyes Open" has exploded onto Top 40 and Hot AC stations from coast to coast and is quickly becoming a breakout hit.As an added bonus fans receive a free download of "Deep in the Meadow (Lullaby)" performed by the legendary Sting on www.thehungergamesmovie.com/lullaby. Sting powerfully carries the song with his inimitable presence and prowess, crafting an unforgettable gem for listeners. Various critics and tastemakers have lauded the soundtrack already with rave reviews. People Magazine declares, "THE HUNGER GAMES has assembled a soundtrack that is a blockbuster," while Newsday writes, "THE HUNGER GAMES: Songs from District 12 and Beyond works as a soundtrack and a serious, cohesive album." Produced by 12-time Grammy® winner T Bone Burnett, "THE HUNGER GAMES": SONGS FROM DISTRICT 12 AND BEYOND features 17 brand-new and exclusive tracks by many of music's top artists who've drawn from the themes of The Hunger Games to craft their songs. Each song comes to life vibrantly mirroring the depth and beauty inherent in the story.