Avatar: Music from the Motion Picture

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Avatar: Music from the Motion Picture
Soundtrack album by James Horner
Released December 15, 2009 (worldwide)
Recorded 2009 with the Hollywood Studio Symphony
Genre Soundtrack
Length 78:51
Label Atlantic, Syco
Producer

Executives:

  • Craig Kallman
  • Kevin Weaver
James Horner chronology
The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas Avatar The Karate Kid
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 3.5/5 stars
Empire 4/5 stars
Filmtracks 5/5 stars
IGN 8.9/10 stars
Movie Music UK 4/5 stars
Movie Wave 5/5 stars
ScoreNotes 9/10 stars

Avatar: Music from the Motion Picture is the soundtrack album of the 3-D science fiction epic film Avatar, directed by James Cameron. The original score and songs were composed, co-orchestrated and conducted by James Horner. The album's deluxe edition, featuring six bonus tracks, was released on April 19, 2010 to promote the DVD release of the film.[1]

Album information[edit]

Composer James Horner scored the film, his third collaboration with Cameron after Aliens and Titanic.[2] Horner recorded parts of the score with a small chorus singing in the Na'vi language in March 2008.[3] He also worked with Wanda Bryant, an ethnomusicologist, to create a music culture for the alien race. Horner took advice from his assistant, and they put an unusual amount of virtual instruments in this project. The first scoring sessions were planned to take place in spring 2009.[4] Leona Lewis sang the theme song, "I See You". An accompanying music video, directed by Jake Nava, premiered on MySpace on December 15, 2009.[5]

A bonus track called "Into the Na'vi World" is available exclusively through the official site.[6] It was not included on the physical and digital releases of the soundtrack.

Nominations[edit]

The score was nominated for Best Original Score at the 82nd Academy Awards, but lost to Up. "I See You" was nominated for a Golden Globe in the Best Original Song category for the 67th Golden Globes.

Track listing[edit]

All lyrics written by James Horner, except where noted. 

No. Title Length
1. "You Don't Dream in Cryo. ...."   6:09
2. "Jake Enters His Avatar World"   5:24
3. "Pure Spirits of the Forest"   8:49
4. "The Bioluminescence of the Night"   3:37
5. "Becoming One of "The People", Becoming One with Neytiri"   7:43
6. "Climbing Up "Iknimaya – The Path to Heaven""   3:18
7. "Jake's First Flight"   4:49
8. "Scorched Earth"   3:32
9. "Quaritch"   5:01
10. "The Destruction of Hometree"   6:47
11. "Shutting Down Grace's Lab"   2:47
12. "Gathering All the Na'vi Clans for Battle"   5:14
13. "War"   11:21
14. "I See You (Theme from Avatar)" (performed by Leona Lewis) (written by Horner, Thaddis Harrell, Simon Franglen[7]) 4:20
Deluxe Edition bonus tracks[1]
No. Title Length
15. "Pandora"   3:17
16. "Viperwolves Attack"   3:49
17. "Great Leonoptryx"   1:33
18. "Escape from Hellgate"   3:25
19. "Healing Ceremony"   2:21
20. "The Death of Quaritch"   5:20

Chart history[edit]

Chart positions[edit]

The album has also charted on the Billboard 200 album chart on the week of January 2, 2010, debuting at number 172. The following week it climbed the chart to gain a new peak at number 119, and then the following week it leaped to number 32. On the week of January 23, 2010 the soundtrack hit its current peak at number 31.

Chart (2010) Peak
position
Australian ARIA Albums Chart[8] 89
Austrian Albums Chart[9] 11
Belgian Albums Chart (Flanders)[9] 37
Belgian Albums Chart (Wallonia)[9] 55
Dutch Albums Chart[9] 74
French Albums Chart[10] 19
French Digital Albums Chart[11] 1
German Albums Chart[12] 10
Greek Albums Chart[13] 10
Mexican Albums Chart[9] 69
Polish Albums Chart[14] 53
Spanish Albums Chart[9] 75
Swiss Albums Chart[9] 9
UK Albums Chart[9] 15
U.S. Billboard 200 Chart[15] 31
U.S. Billboard Digital Albums[15] 4
U.S. Billboard Soundtrack Albums[15] 5

Chart procession and succession[edit]

Preceded by
The E.N.D. by Black Eyed Peas
French Digital Albums Chart number-one album
January 3, 2010
Succeeded by
The E.N.D. by The Black Eyed Peas

I See You[edit]

"I See You" entered the Irish Singles Chart on the 14th January 2010 at number 47.

Chart (2010) Peak
position[16]
Irish Singles Chart 47

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "iTunes - Music - Avatar (Music from the Motion Picture) [Deluxe Edition] by James Horner". Itunes.apple.com. 2010-04-16. Retrieved 2012-01-15. 
  2. ^ Mikael Carlsson (2007-06-19). "Fox confirms Horner on Cameron's 'Avatar'". Film Music Weekly. 
  3. ^ Jim Dorey (2008-04-02). "Na'vi Alien Language Incorporated In 'Avatar' Music Soundtrack". MarketSaw Blog. Archived from the original on 8 April 2008. Retrieved 2008-04-21. 
  4. ^ Mikael Carlsson (2009-01-03). "Top-10 Most Anticipated Scores of 2009". Upcoming Film Scores. Archived from the original on 17 January 2009. Retrieved 2009-01-07. [dead link]
  5. ^ Fukushima, Glenn (2009-11-16). "Atlantic Unveils "AVATAR: MUSIC FROM THE MOTION PICTURE"; Official Companion Album to James Cameron's Upcoming Epic Adventure Features Music Composed & Conducted by Oscar-Winner James Horner, Plus "I See You (Theme From Avatar)," Performed by Leona Lewis". marketwire. Archived from the original on 19 November 2009. Retrieved 2009-11-22. 
  6. ^ "AVATAR - Music from the Motion Picture". Avatarscore.com. Retrieved 2012-01-15. 
  7. ^ Balls, David (November 16, 2009). "Leona Lewis records 'Avatar' theme song". Archived from the original on 19 November 2009. Retrieved 2009-11-22. 
  8. ^ "Australia's Official Music Charts". ARIA Charts. Retrieved 2012-01-15. 
  9. ^ a b c d e f g h Steffen Hung. "Soundtrack / James Horner - Avatar". lescharts.com. Retrieved 2012-01-15. 
  10. ^ "Disques : les Prêtres conservent la tête des ventes !" (in French). Ozap. Archived from the original on 1 May 2010. Retrieved 2010-04-29. 
  11. ^ Steffen Hung. "Les charts français". lescharts.com. Retrieved 2012-01-15. 
  12. ^ ":: MTV | Album Top 50 KW 2 | charts". Mtv.de. 2011-09-22. Retrieved 2012-01-15. 
  13. ^ "Ελληνικό Chart". Ifpi.gr. Retrieved 2012-01-15. 
  14. ^ "Official Retail Sales Chart - Top 100". Polish Music Charts (in Polish). ZPAV. Retrieved 2011-10-20. 
  15. ^ a b c http://www.billboard.com/artist/280012/soundtrack/chart
  16. ^ "Leona Lewis - I See You - Music Charts". Acharts.us. Retrieved 2012-01-15.