Five Reasons to Pick Up The Soundtrack to Divergent, Even If You Haven't Seen the Movie
Divergent is one of the biggest blockbuster hits of 2014. Lionsgate has banked over $250 million USD in ticket sales around the world. Shailene Woodley went from relatively-unknown actress to bona fide it-girl, and ferocious Divergent fans have dedicated Twitter handles regurgitating every piece of related news. Since teenage after-earth action films with a romantic twist seem to be sweeping the nation (shout out Hunger Games), we had to get to the bottom of the Divergent craze. For starters, Divergent is an action-packed utopian love story, adapted from Veronica Roth’s novel of the same name. The story takes place in a futuristic Chicago, where the population is divided into personality factions. Shailene Woodley and Theo James play the lead characters, Tris’ and Four who work together to prevail even with odds stacked against their survival. The preliminary character development is rich, one of the major benefits of a film with two sequels already in the works. Of course, a complex, surprise-driven plot is part and parcel of this type of film, but what truly stood out to us was the meticulous crafting of Divergent's soundtrack. With original tracks by Ellie Goulding an M83, and a handful of collaborations that bring artists like Kendrick Lamar and Tame Impala, Pia Mia and Chance The Rapper, and A$ap Rocky and Gessafelstein. Click through the list above to find out everything you need to know about the Divergent soundtrack. Pick it up on iTunes and get your copy of the film later this month. It's out on Digital HD July 22 and Blu-ray/DVD August 5.
1. Divergent is NOT The Hunger Games
Although the movie is categorized as post-apocalyptic survival flick (like The Hunger Games) it’s actually more utopian, shot with luminous lights while heroine Tris strives for happiness in life within the society. Unlike The Hunger Games, Divergent is about humanism, personalities and emotions — rather than physical strength and competition. This is reflected in the texture and tone of the accompanying score. Veronica Roth and Neil Burger discuss the difference between Divergent’s futuristic utopia and The Hunger Games’ adventureland. Of course there are thematic similarities, but be careful of chalking them up to one and the same. You might miss something epic!
2. Most "divergent" Album Soundtrack out there
Behind any great flick is a phenomenal score. This one was done by Tom Holkenborg, better known as JXL, the man responsible for scoring The Dark Knight Rises, Madagascar 3, and Man of Steel, among others. Four-time Grammy award-winning composer, Hans Zimmer executive produced the corresponding album. Rolling Stone called the soundtrack a "post-Yeezus multiplex schlock" combining a variety of EDM, alt-rock, hip-hop and more.
The music team on Divergent wanted to stay true to the name. The album features basically every genre of music that listeners are craving today — not to mention each genre's top artist. A$AP Rocky and Kendrick Lamar hold down the hip-hop tracks, Tame Impala and Snow Patrol bring alternative rock to the table and EDM vocal queen Ellie Goulding, with princess Pia Mia and Pretty Lights round out the dance vibes.
Listen to Snow Patrol’s “I Won’t Let You Go,” above.
3. Ellie Goulding's Voice Helped Shape Tris’ Character
According to Divergent director, Neil Burger, Ellie Goulding's voice gets you into Tris' head and the motions of the characters, driving her point of view forward in an energetic way. Goulding and JXL collaborated. Her positive response and alignment to musical choices greatly contributed to the musical additions of this epic love story. The texture of her music and the tone of the film were a perfect match.
Check out Goulding’s “Beating Heart” above.
4. The Album Has More Than Five Outstanding Collabs
Exclusively for the soundtrack, genre-opposing musicians came together to create the perfect sound for the film. Producer Zedd teamed up with singers Matthew Koma and Miriam Bryant for "Find You." Newcomer Pia Mia and Chance the Rapper collaborated for "Fight For You." Tame Impala's "Backwards" features Kendrick Lamar. A$AP Rocky's "In Distress" was produced by drone-esque French DJ Gesaffelstein, and Ellie Goulding's hit, "Hanging On" was remixed for the film by I See Monstas.
5. M83 Released A Track Exclusively For The Movie
After composing the score for Tom Cruise's 2013 hit Oblivion, M83 takes a dive into the film world again for Divergent with the original track "I Need You."
July 11, 2014 via Pepsi