How ‘Twilight’ Film Soundtracks Boost Musicians’ Careers

This is a really interesting article by Rolling Stone, talking about how the Twilight soundtracks have influenced the various musicians that have been apart of the phenomenon. This subject is really dear to me because I’ve discovered so many GREAT artists from Twilight. It has definitely changed my taste in music!

Christina Perri is a Twi-hard – she even has a Twilight-themed tattoo to prove it. So when the 25-year-old singer found out her swooner of a love song “A Thousand Years” was going to be included on the soundtrack for the new Twilight film, The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn, she was more than enthused. “I really had to contain myself,” Perri tells Rolling Stone. “I was sweating I was so excited.” 

No surprise – having a track featured on a Twilight soundtrack offers unparalleled exposure. The movie series has a diehard fan base – the three films have grossed nearly $1.7 billion at the box office – and Twilight fans are music fans, as well: since 2008, the three films’ soundtracks have sold a combined five million copies in the U.S. alone. Joy Formidable frontwoman Ritzy Bryan, who learned a month ago that her band’s moody track “Endtapes” would serve as the opening cut for the Breaking Dawn soundtrack, is confident that being included in the film will open new avenues for the breaking London trio. “I think we’re definitely going to reach people that won’t have heard of the band,” Bryan says. “That can only be a good thing.” 

It’s a similar story for Imperial Mammoth, a virtually unknown Los Angeles-based husband-wife duo that consists of Leonard Jackson and Laura Jane Scott. “It was sort of like when they show up at your house with the big novelty check,” Jackson says. “It’s almost mind-numbing.” 

The person responsible for selecting Twilight‘s musicians for the soundtrack is Alexandra Patsavas, who has been the music supervisor for all of the Twilight films. She says she relishes the opportunity to expose Twilight audiences to newer artists. “It never gets less thrilling,” she says. 

Not all artists however, have jumped at the opportunity to add Twilight to their resume. Bon Iver, whose St. Vincent-assisted song “Roslyn” appeared on The Twilight Saga: New Moon soundtrack, was skeptical when first approached with the idea. “We were unsure as to whether or not we wanted to take part,” says Kyle Frenette, Bon Iver’s manager. 

This ambivalence was nothing new for Patsavas, who says that certain bands have historically been reluctant to lend their music to anything involving movies. She feels, however, that Twilight is a special case – a film series that has “treated music respectfully.” Ultimately, Bon Iver would come to agree. “Twilight was reaching an audience that we couldn’t,” Frenette says. “Taking part in the New Moon soundtrack helped expand Bon Iver’s fanbase.” 

The process for selecting the artists to soundtrack a Twilight film starts early. Patsavas sits down with director Bill Condon when there’s nothing but a script to work with, and the two discuss what kind of sounds are essential to complement the plotline. “The choices do get refined after shot footage is assembled,” Patsavas explains. But the most essential question throughout the process revolves around whether the “music can actually be put up to picture,” she says. 

Surprisingly though, even after learning they will be part of the film, the artists — which for the Breaking Dawn soundtrack also include the Belle Brigade, Bruno Mars, Theophilus London, Iron and Wine, and more – generally have no idea where their song will be placed. “It’s gonna be a surprise,” says Immortal Mammoth’s Scott. 

That’s not stopping some of them from guessing, though. “I have this fantasy that it’s gonna be in a very romantic scene,” the Belle Brigade’s Barbara Gruska says of her band’s song “I Didn’t Mean It.” “Or an awesome vampire werewolf fight scene.”

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Christina Perri’s ‘A Thousand Years’ Available 10/18!

From Christina Perri’s blog:

We’re excited to announce that “A Thousand Years” — featured on The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 1 Original Motion Picture Soundtrack — will be available beginning Tuesday, October 18th! The album arrives in stores and online on Tuesday, November 8. 

A 30-second preview will be available on The Twilight Saga Facebook page starting this Thursday, October 13 (on the special “Soundtrack” tab) + a brand new lyric video by the amazing Elliott Sellers will premiere exclusively here on beginning at midnight October 18!

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“It Will Rain” by Bruno Mars

HERE IT IS! The first song released for the Breaking Dawn Part 1 Soundtrack!

Check out the other songs on the Soundtrack here.

 **Lyrics after break! **

It Will Rain – Lyrics via RobStenation

If you ever leave me, baby,
Leave some morphine at my door
‘Cause it would take a whole lot of medication
To realize what we used to have,
We don’t have it anymore.

There’s no religion that could save me
No matter how long my knees are on the floor
So keep in mind all the sacrifices I’m makin’
Will keep you by my side
Will keep you from walkin’ out the door.

Cause there’ll be no sunlight
if I lose you, baby
There’ll be no clear skies
if I lose you, baby
Just like the clouds,
My eyes will do the same if you walk away
Everyday, it will rain, rain, rain

I’ll never be your mother’s favorite
Your daddy can’t even look me in the eye
Oooh if I was in their shoes, I’d be doing the same thing
Sayin there goes my little girl
walkin’ with that troublesome guy

But they’re just afraid of something they can’t understand
Oooh well little darlin’ watch me change their minds
Yeah for you I’ll try I’ll try I’ll try
I’ll pick up these broken pieces ’til I’m bleeding
If that’ll make you mine

Cause there’ll be no sunlight
if I lose you, baby
There’ll be no clear skies
if I lose you, baby
Just like the clouds,
My eyes will do the same if you walk away
Everyday, it will rain

Don’t just say goodbye
don’t just say, goodbye
I’ll pick up these broken pieces ’til I’m bleeding
if that’ll make it right

Cause there’ll be no sunlight
if I lose you, baby
There’ll be no clear skies
if I lose you, baby
Just like the clouds,
My eyes will do the same if you walk away
Everyday, it will rain

Official Breaking Dawn Soundtrack

Here is the *OFFICIAL* Soundtrack list for Breaking Dawn per @Twilight
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Here is a larger view of the cover:
01 End Tapes – By The Joy Formidable
02 Love Will Take You – By Angus & Julia Stone

03 It Will Rain – By Bruno Mars

04 Turning Page – By Sleeping At Last

05 From Now On – By The Features
06 A Thousand Years – By Christina Perri
07 Neighbors – By Theophilus London
08 I Didn’t Mean It – By The Belle Brigade
09 Sister Rosetta (2011 Version) – By Noisettes
10 Northern Lights – By Cider Sky
11 Flightless Bird, American Mouth (Wedding Version) – By Iron & Wine
12 Requiem On Water – By Imperial Mammoth
13 Cold – By Aqualung & Lucy Schwartz
14 Llovera – By Mia Maestro
15 Love Death Birth – By Carter Burwell
16 Like A Drug (Bonus Track) – By Hard-Fi
17 Turning Page (Instrumental) – By Sleeping At Last
18 Eclipse (All Yours) [Bonus Track] – By Kevin Teasley
19 It Will Rain – By Bruno Mars [Edit]


Breaking Dawn Part 1 Soundtrack to be Released on Nov 8th

Brace yourself ladies and gentleman, the official release date for the Breaking Dawn Part 1 soundtrack has been announced .. *drum roll, please* It will come out in stores and online on November 8, 2011! Now I don’t know about you, but this is the 2nd most exciting thing I am looking forward to this Fall!

If you haven’t listened to the first confirmed song on the Breaking Dawn Part 1 soundtrack, here it is! This song will be played during Bella’s mad rush to “get ready” for her first night as a married woman ;)

“Sister Rosetta” by Noisettes

Bobby Long & Other Twi-bands to Play at ACL this Fall

Me and MadeForEachOther can’t wait for the ACL Music Festival this fall (really mid-September) because who’s playing? … Bobby Long, Cee Lo Green, Coldplay, Kanye, Arcade Fire, Iron & Wine, FOSTER THE PEOPLE, AWOLNATION, Fleet Foxes, My Morning Jacket, Ray LaMontagne, and many, many more!

If you haven’t noticed, we here at Strictly Robsten are BIG music fans .. particularly in the Alternative Rock genre. Some of the bands I have listed above are on our playlist. I definitely recommend checking them out (if you haven’t already .. ha!).

I wonder if Rob is going to come support his friend … I wish! ;)