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Sound of 'The Hunger Games': Taylor Swift, Decemberists

December 28, 2011 |  6:10 am

The first single from the soundtrack for "The Hunger Games," a collaboration between T. Bone Burnett, Taylor Swift and the Civil Wars titled "Safe and Sound," debuted Monday on iTunes and quickly became a top-10 hit
Legendary producer T. Bone Burnett has been working with a mix of musicians to create the soundtrack for "The Hunger Games" movie. The first single, a collaboration between Burnett, Taylor Swift and the Civil Wars titled "Safe and Sound," debuted Monday on iTunes and quickly became a top-10 hit.

Deadline Hollywood reports that Arcade Fire's Win Butler and Regine Chassagne also collaborated with Burnett on songs for the film's soundtrack. The Decemberists contributed an original tune, "One Engine." 

The film stars Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss Everdeen, a teen warrior in a post-apocalyptic America enlisted to fight other teens in a life-and-death television show called "The Hunger Games." It's based on Suzanne Collins' popular young adult novel, the first in a trilogy.

The teen theme makes Swift seem like a perfect fit, and early commenters on iTunes agree. The film is scheduled to come to screens in March 2012.

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Photo: Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss Everdeen in "The Hunger Games." Credit: Murray Close / Lionsgate

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