Twilight (soundtrack)

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Twilight: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
Soundtrack album by Various Artists
Released November 4, 2008 (U.S.)
Recorded Various times
Genre Pop rock, alternative rock, soundtrack
Length 45:30
Label Chop Shop/Atlantic Records
Producer Alexandra Patsavas, Paul Katz and Mike Shinoda[1]
The Twilight Saga soundtracks chronology
Twilight: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
(2008)
The Twilight Saga: New Moon: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
(2009)
Singles from Twilight: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
  1. "Decode"
    Released: October 1, 2008 (US)
  2. "Go All the Way (Into the Twilight)"
    Released: October 23, 2008
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars [2]
Entertainment Weekly (A−) [3]

The Twilight soundtrack is the official music for the 2008 film Twilight. The score was composed by Carter Burwell,[4] with the rest of the soundtrack chosen by music supervisor Alexandra Patsavas.[5] The album was released on November 4, 2008 by Patsavas' Chop Shop label in conjunction with Atlantic Records.[6] The album debuted at #1 on the Billboard 200, having sold about 165,000 copies in its first week of release, 29% of which were digital downloads.[7] Twilight: The Score was made available for digital download on November 25, 2008, and the album was released to stores on December 9, 2008.[8]

Twilight is the best-selling theatrical movie soundtrack in the United States since Chicago.[9] Both the soundtrack and the lead single, "Decode" by Paramore, were nominated for the 2010 Grammy Awards.[10]

Twilight: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack[edit]

Director Catherine Hardwicke revealed in an interview with MTV that a song by alternative rock band Muse, later revealed to be "Supermassive Black Hole", would be included on the film's soundtrack.[11] The soundtrack includes two songs by Paramore,[6] a new song by Mutemath, and an original song for the film by Perry Farrell.[12] "Flightless Bird, American Mouth" by Iron & Wine was chosen for inclusion in the movie by star Kristen Stewart, who plays Bella Swan.[13] The soundtrack won a 2009 American Music Award for Favorite Soundtrack.[14]

Marketing[edit]

The CD booklet on the physical CD folds out into one of four Twilight posters.[15] Hot Topic locations across the United States hosted exclusive Twilight soundtrack listening parties on October 24.[16] Albums bought at Borders bookstores feature an acoustic version of Paramore's "Decode".[17] Summit Entertainment provided a free remix of "Bella's Lullaby" through iTunes, with the purchase of a Twilight theatre ticket through online ticket services Fandango or MovieTickets.com.[18]

Standard listing[edit]

No. Title Music Scene Length
1. "Supermassive Black Hole"   Muse The Cullens play baseball 3:31
2. "Decode"   Paramore Third song in end credits 4:21
3. "Full Moon"   The Black Ghosts Bella moves to Forks (at start); Opening credits 3:50
4. "Leave Out All the Rest"   Linkin Park Second song in end credits 3:19
5. "Spotlight" (Twilight Mix) Mutemath Bella gets out of car at school with Edward 3:20
6. "Go All the Way (Into the Twilight)"   Perry Farrell Bella and Edward first walk into prom 3:27
7. "Tremble for My Beloved"   Collective Soul Bella gets saved by Edward from Tyler's van 3:53
8. "I Caught Myself"   Paramore Bella, Jessica and Angela shopping for prom dresses 3:55
9. "Eyes on Fire"   Blue Foundation Bella waiting at the parking lot for Edward 5:01
10. "Never Think"   Robert Pattinson Bella and Edward talking at the restaurant 4:29
11. "Flightless Bird, American Mouth"   Iron & Wine Bella and Edward dance and talk alone at prom 4:02
12. "Bella's Lullaby"     On and off throughout the film 2:20
Total length:
45:30
Notes
  • The first song of the ending credits, Radiohead's "15 Step" (3:59), was not included on the soundtrack.

iTunes digital album[edit]

A digital version of the album, available for purchase on iTunes, includes a digital booklet with artwork and images from Twilight and three bonus songs:[15]

# Song/artist Scene Length
11 "Let Me Sign" by Robert Pattinson Edward sucks the blood from Bella's wrist. 2:20
7 "La Traviata" by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra Edward takes Bella to the Cullens' house for the first time. 3:05
8 "Clair de Lune" by The APM Orchestra Edward and Bella listening to the song in his room. 5:58

Deluxe edition CD/DVD[edit]

A deluxe CD/DVD version of the album includes five additional tracks:

  1. "Love Is Worth the Fall" (O.A.R.) – 3:38
  2. "Decode" (Acoustic version) (Paramore) – 4:27
  3. "Flightless Bird, American Mouth" (Live) (Iron & Wine) – 4:13
  4. "Spotlight" (Son Lux Remix) (Mutemath) – 3:27
  5. "Full Moon" (Appleblim & Komonazmuk Remix) (The Black Ghosts) – 4:53

Singles[edit]

  • "Decode" by Paramore was the first single released from the soundtrack. It premiered on Paramore's fan club site and Stephenie Meyer's official website on October 1, 2008.[19][20] The music video for "Decode" premiered on November 3.[21] The song was certified Platinum in the U.S on February 16, 2010, selling over 1,000,000 copies. It was also nominated for a Grammy Award in 2010 for Best Song Written for a Movie.
  • "Go All the Way (Into the Twilight)" by Perry Farrell was the second single released from the soundtrack. It premiered on Meyer's website on October 23, 2008.[22][23]

Chart performance[edit]

The Twilight soundtrack debuted at #1 on the Billboard 200, selling 165,000 copies in its first week, according to Nielsen Soundscan.[7] Twilight is the first soundtrack to hit #1 in advance of its film's release since the 8 Mile soundtrack in 2002.[24] The album was certified double platinum on April 16, 2009.[25] After a re-release of the album in a "Deluxe Edition" in March, 2009, it climbed from #14 to #3 on the Billboard 200, selling 74,000 copies.[26][27][28] It remained on the Billboard 200 for 48 consecutive weeks. As of April 2014, the album has sold 2,807,000 copies in the US.[29]

The soundtrack peaked at number one in New Zealand on February 9, 2009 and has been certified platinum, selling over 15,000 copies.[30][31] The album has been certified gold in Mexico, selling over 50,000 copies.[32][33] The soundtrack has sold over 3.5 million copies worldwide.

Chart (2008) Peak
position
U.S. Billboard 200 1
Argentine Albums Chart[34] 5
U.S. Billboard Top Rock Albums 1
Canadian Albums Chart 4
Mexican AMPROFON Albums Chart[35] 5
Mexican Top 20 International Albums Chart[36] 2
Australian ARIA Albums Chart[37] 2
New Zealand RIANZ Albums Chart[37] 1
French Top 200 Albums Chart[38] 4
German Top 100 Albums Chart 6
Greek Top 50 Albums Chart[39] 1
Italian FIMI Compilations Chart[40] 3
Swiss Top 100 Albums Chart[37] 12
Austrian Top 75 Albums Chart[37] 4
Finnish Top 40 Albums Chart[37] 14
Spanish PROMUSICAE Albums Chart[37] 28
UK Compilation Album Chart[41] 9

Certifications[edit]

Country Certifications
(sales thresholds)
Austria Platinum[42]
Germany Platinum[43]
Mexico Gold[44]
Poland Gold[45]
US 2× Platinum[46]

Year-end charts[edit]

Chart (2009) Rank
German Albums Chart[47] 15
Swiss Albums Chart[48] 35
US Billboard 200[49] 4
Preceded by
Black Ice by AC/DC
U.S. Billboard 200 number-one album
November 22, 2008 - November 29, 2008
Succeeded by
Fearless by Taylor Swift
Preceded by
Working on a Dream by Bruce Springsteen
New Zealand number-one album
February 9, 2009 - February 16, 2009
Succeeded by
Now You're Gone – The Album by Basshunter

Score[edit]

Twilight: The Score
Film score by Carter Burwell
Released December 9, 2008
Recorded September 2008 at Air Lyndhurst Studios in London, England
Genre Orchestral
Length 46:53
Label Atlantic
The Twilight Saga scores chronology
Twilight: The Score
(2008)
The Twilight Saga: New Moon: The Score
(2009)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3.5/5 stars [50]
Filmtracks 2/5 stars[51]
Movie Music UK 2.5/5 stars[52]

Carter Burwell composed and orchestrated the score for Twilight over a 9–10 week period, and it was recorded and mixed in about 2 weeks in late September 2008.[53] He began the score with a "Love Theme" for Bella and Edward's relationship, a variation of which became "Bella's Lullaby" that Robert Pattinson plays in the film and that is included on the Twilight Original Motion Picture Soundtrack.[53] The original theme is featured throughout the film, and serves to "play the romance that drives the story".[53] Another theme Burwell composed was a "Predator Theme", which opens the film, and is intended to play Edward's vampire nature.[53] Other themes include a bass-line, drum beat and distorted guitar sound for the nomadic vampires, and a melody for the Cullen family.[53] Twilight: The Score was released digitally on November 25, 2008 and in stores on December 9.[8] The score album had sold 218,000 copies in the United States as of June 2010.[54]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "How I Would Die" – 1:53
  2. "Who Are They?" – 3:26
  3. "Treaty" – 1:58
  4. "Phascination Phase" – 2:04
  5. "Humans Are Predators Too" – 2:04
  6. "I Dreamt of Edward" – 1:06
  7. "I Know What You Are" – 2:37
  8. "The Most Dangerous Predator" – 2:22
  9. "The Skin of a Killer" – 2:58
  10. "The Lion Fell in Love with the Lamb" – 3:10
  11. "Complications" – 1:11
  12. "Dinner with His Family" – 0:38
  13. "I Would Be the Meal" – 1:24
  14. "Bella's Lullaby" – 2:18
  15. "Nomads" – 3:51
  16. "Stuck Here Like Mom" – 1:40
  17. "Bella Is Part of the Family" – 1:24
  18. "Tracking" – 2:19
  19. "In Place of Someone You Love" – 1:45
  20. "Showdown in the Ballet Studio" – 4:50
  21. "Edward at Her Bed" – 1:05

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (2008) Peak
position
U.S. Billboard 200 65
Australian ARIA Albums Chart 52[55]

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