A few snippets of the incredibly long interview:
For the next three months, Atlantic wants to make the "New Moon" soundtrack inescapable. The label is teaming with teen lifestyle all-stars to promote the album: Hot Topic, MTV and MySpace. For those too old to wear black nail polish, the soundtrack also will be sold at Whole Foods, Nordstrom's, Hallmark and Hollywood Video.
But besides its omnipresence, there's a secret weapon the label is deploying for "New Moon." The soundtrack features tracks from Thom Yorke, Bon Iver & St. Vincent, Lykke Li and Sea Wolf, among others-and they're all exclusive to the album.
"We had offers from artists that were incredibly wonderful and incredibly commercial, and it would have been easy to say, 'Oh, let's go for it because we'll sell more records'-but it wouldn't have been true to the project," says Paul Katz, founder/CEO of Eye2Ear Music, which consults with Summit Entertainment on music; Katz produced the soundtrack album and has been involved since the script stage to determine where music could fit into the film.
Where the Lykke Li song will fit in the movie:
But the plan is to work "New Moon" like a traditional album, with several singles being released. Two contenders for the next single slot are Lykke Li's "Possibility," which is the longest musical take in the movie and played over a pivotal scene in the film as Bella pines for Edward, or the Killers' "A White Demon Love Song."
Hmm I really was envisioning the Lykke Li song playing during the Oct/Nov/Dec/Jan scene (*won't spoil how it's done if you haven't read the script yet). It just seemed right so I'm GUESSING this is where it will go?
Listen to the Lykke Li song "Possibility" here
More song placement in the movie
As for the film itself, there's more music in it than "Twilight"; it features roughly 20 cues, Weitz says. "The movie has a lot of spots for music and a lot of spots for score, and we're trying to ride a very delicate balance and not make it wall-to-wall carpeting," he says. "I think there is a threat to modern film in that there's not enough silence. And so it's very rare you actually get to hear the entire song played out." The one song that does play in full during the film, he says, is Yorke's "Hearing Damage," which underscores a fight scene.
MUSE MUSE MUSE!:
Since Meyer wrote "Twilight" in 2005 and started singing the praises of Muse, the band has seen steady sales in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan; when the track "Supermassive Black Hole" was placed on the "Twilight" soundtrack, the band's popularity jumped. In the six months leading up to the release of "Twilight," Muse's 2006 album "Black Holes and Revelations" sold 41,000 copies, according to SoundScan. In the six months following the film's U.S. bow, the set sold 73,000-up 78.5% compared with the pre-"Twilight" week.
"Supermassive Black Hole" had already peaked on the Alternative radio airplay chart at No. 6 in September 2007. In the track's two-and-a-half years of release before the "Twilight" film's debut, it had sold 154,000 downloads. In the 11 months since the film hit screens, the track sold another 310,000.
"Some time ago, when the band was playing in Arizona, we invited [Meyer] to a show," says Muse's manager, Q Prime's Cliff Burnstein. " 'Twilight' director Catherine Hardwicke wanted to use 'Supermassive' in a very long scene, with not a lot of dialogue in the foreground. We thought, 'This is fun; this is a nice woman who writes these books, she's a fan of ours, let's get involved in this.' No one was really thinking at the time, 'This is a huge opportunity.' "
The "New Moon" soundtrack features a remix of Muse's "I Belong to You" that was rerecorded to emphasize the track's guitars and takes out the French opera interlude in the original version. "[The band] loved the change they made, Chris [Weitz] was really pleased, Alex was really pleased, and at the last minute we were able to get it into the movie," Burnstein says.
Muse I Belong To You from the New Moon Soundtrack
The original I Belong To You by Muse if you were interested in hearing the difference from the New Moon version. Start at about 2:20 to hear the French Musical interlude that was taken out. I actually like it the original way better!
Also did you know that the USB we've all seen floating out there with the Cullen Crest will also have a copy of the soundtrack?!
There will be CDs available with merch-look for "New Moon" T-shirts for your gothy teen at fye this holiday season-and, for the first time, the soundtrack will be available for $32.99 as a USB drive sculpted into the family crest of the Cullens, Edward's vampire family.
Also sounds like we'll have the same team doing the Eclipse Soundtrack
Right now Pattinson is filming "Eclipse" -- the third book in the "Twilight" series -- in Canada in preparation for a release in summer 2010. Katz and Patsavas are back onboard for the soundtrack album, and while a deal with a record label isn't finalized yet, Katz says, "We would like to work with Atlantic again."
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