Frontman Chris Martin performs at the bands Mylo Xyloto tour in Miami, 2012
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Frontman Chris Martin performs at the band’s Mylo Xyloto tour in Miami, 2012
British rock group Coldplay is to release the first track from the soundtrack album for the film The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, Lionsgate said on Friday
This is the first time the band has recorded an original song for a motion picture.
Atlas is set for release via iTunes and digital retailers August 26, and the film is to open in theatres on November 22. The soundtrack will be released ahead of the film, but no date has been announced yet.
"I have great respect and admiration for Coldplay, and we are thrilled with how well they have connected to the themes and ideas within the film," director Francis Lawrence said in a statement.
"Their unwavering passion and excitement for the project elevated the collaboration even further, and we can't wait to share this music with audiences around the world."
"We are so honoured that Coldplay, one of the iconic rock bands of our generation, will perform the first song out on the new soundtrack," said Tracy McKnight, Lionsgate's head of film music.
"Knowing that Chris Martin is a fan of the books makes this even more meaningful. The Coldplay single underscores the stature of recording artists we've assembled for this powerful soundtrack."
Catching Fire is the sequel to the 2012 blockbuster The Hunger Games. Both are based on books by Suzanne Collins.