The retail music landscape may be walking dead, but the carefully curated soundtracks to the Twilight franchise are alive and well, thanks to music supervisor Alex Patsavas “marriage” of story and song, featured in the upcoming Breaking Dawn—Part 1.
Darkness may have washed over the retail music landscape (RIP, Tower Records; Fare thee well, Virgin Megastore), but hordes of teenagers dressed in black and clutching hardcover books nonetheless descended upon Hot Topic stores in malls across America last weekend for a nationally synchronized CD listening party. On November 5th, Twi-hards, those obsessive, dedicated fans of Stephenie Meyer’s Twilight book series and the blockbuster movies it spawned, gathered to listen to the soundtrack to Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn—Part 1, just as they had in 2008, 2009, and 2010. (The film, directed by Bill Condon, is out this Friday, November 18th.)
Which means the record business may be a bloody pulp, but the carefully selected soundtracks to the Twilight franchise may prove outlast immortal vamp-heartthrob Edward Cullen himself. The first Twilight soundtrack went double platinum (over two million units); the second went platinum; and the third went gold. Artists such as Muse, Death Cab for Cutie, The Killers, The Black Keys, Bon Iver, and Bruno Mars have each experienced sales boosts after being included on the soundtracks, a phenomenon the Boston Herald's Jed Gottlieb dubbed the “Twilight bump.”
Much of the success of the soundtracks rests on the shoulders of Alex Patsavas, the series’ music supervisor and producer of all four Twilight soundtracks. Patsavas, who got her start as a music supervisor for television on shows like Roswell, Grey’s Anatomy, The O.C., Chuck, and Mad Men, has become the go-to collaborator for showrunners and directors who want to reach beyond the predictable and make distinctive statements with their music choices.
"In order to inspire fans to buy music, it has to be an experience," says Patsavas. Hence, those Hot Topic listening parties, that bring the excitement of a midnight screening to a soundtrack release, an event that was traditionally far less splashy than a movie rollout.
Patsavas also notes that Twilight fans are interested in “companion pieces,” which is why the soundtracks come loaded with foldout posters, “something for the fans to touch,” that encourages them to purchase the physical disc over illegal downloads.
It also helps that music is so integral to the series.
“Twilight, at its core is a music project,” says Patsavas. “All the directors have been committed to making it a music project…. There’s a coherent tone movie-to-movie and a general ‘Twilight tone’ to the music we’ve selected.”
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The Soundtrack Track List is Unveiled
Fans were especially excited about the official track listing for the “Breaking Dawn - Part 2” soundtrack, which have always sold very well and often include a collection of soon-to-be-famous, up-and-coming bands. The final soundtrack boasted both big names and small like Green Day, Passion Pit, Ellie Goulding, a song by star Nikki Reed and hubby Paul McDonald and repeat contributors St. Vincent and Christina Perri.
Nothing is sure for now.
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts And Sciences‘ Music Branch members will vote for no more than five of the 104 eligible movies announced today, with the five receiving the most votes becoming the nominations for final voting for the 85th Oscars. To be eligible, the original score must be a substantial body of music that serves as original dramatic underscoring, and must be written specifically for the motion picture by the submitting composer. Scores diluted by the use of tracked themes or other preexisting music, diminished in impact by the predominant use of songs, or assembled from the music of more than one composer shall not be eligible, the Academy said today. Here’s the long list in alphabetical order by title:
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10. “I Caught Myself” and “Decoded,” by Paramore
As far as we can remember, “Decoded” was only featured in the credits and promos for Twilight, but it was nominated for a Grammy and Robert Pattinson himself has called it his favorite song from the series. We would be remiss to leave it off the list. Paramore’s “I Caught Myself,” on the other hand, soundtracks the scene in the first movie where Bella, Jessica and Angela go shopping for prom dresses together.
9. “A Thousand Years,” Christina Perri
Again, this song doesn’t play an integral part in the movies themselves, but has been closely related to the movies in our minds because its so sweeping and strong like Bella, and because of the way it’s been used in the credits and promo for Breaking Dawn — Part 1. Perri has re-recorded the song as “A Thousand Years, Pt 2″ for Breaking Dawn — Part 2, and she was even so kind to entertain the Tent City dwellers with a concert ahead of the premier.
8. “Supermassive Black Hole,” by Muse
This song plays during the epic Cullen family field day, while they play a super-charged game of baseball. And together with Bella we realize that the Cullens aren’t exactly just the family next-door, though they enjoy each others’ company just the same.
7. “It Will Rain,” by Bruno Mars
We would probably listen to this on our honeymoon, too.
6. “Eclipse (All Yours),” by Metric
Emily Haine’s angelic but still sort of edgy voice is the only that could do this s0-sweet cuddly field scene justice.
5. “Slow Life,” by Grizzly Bear
Just a small band from Brooklyn Grizzly Bear were no more, after their song was chosen to soundtrack Bella’s near-death cliff jumping exercise at the end of New Moon.
4. “My Love,” by Sia
This is what’s playing when Edward gets down on one knee. Well, that’s not exactly how it happened. Bella’s looking to seal the deal and says she doesn’t care if she’s “changed” — Twi-talk for “bitten” — and that she’ll marry him if need be.
3. “Let Me Sign,” by Robert Pattinson
Only Rob’s own voice would do to comfort Bella in her time of need, and so while Edward sucked the venom from Bella’s body, we heard this. This may not have been the most important moment in the series, but — hey? We had no idea Rob was such a rockstar! And bonus points because we would actually and absolutely listen to this song. No that the vampire-ing is through, we hope for more like this from him.
2. “Flightless Bird, American Mouth,” by Iron and Wine
Iron and Wine sets the mood for Edward and Bella’s first dance at prom, which takes place in a twinkly-lit gazebo somewhere, and then is reprised as the soundtrack to their wedding kiss in Breaking Dawn Pt 1. Rumor has it that Kristen “Bella Swan” Stewart picked the song herself, and we love that.
1. “Possibility,” by Lykke Li
In New Moon, Bella wallows away Edward’s disappearance — which, she says, felt like “a huge hole had been punched in my chest” — in her bedroom window, just watching the months pass by and feeling sad while Lykke Li’s haunting “Possibility” plays. This, to us, is the musical Twilight moment that is all Twilight moments.