Divergent: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack

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Divergent: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
Divergent - Original Motion Picture Soundtrack.png
Soundtrack album by
ReleasedMarch 11, 2014 (2014-03-11)
RecordedVarious times
Genre
Length48:25
LabelInterscope
Producer
  • Junkie XL (composer)
  • Randall Poster (music supervisor)
Divergent soundtracks chronology
Divergent: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
(2014)
The Divergent Series: Insurgent – Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
(2015)
Singles from Divergent: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
  1. "Find You"
    Released: January 26, 2014
  2. "Beating Heart"
    Released: April 22, 2014
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic3.5/5 stars[1]
Rolling Stone2/5 stars[2]

Divergent: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack is the soundtrack album to the 2014 film Divergent, based on the book series of the same name. The soundtrack for the film was chosen by music supervisor Randall Poster.[3] The Divergent: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack album released on March 11, 2014, while the Original Score of the film released on March 18, 2014, by Interscope Records.[4][5] The soundtrack album sold 10,000 copies in its first week of release.[6]

The first single from the soundtrack album, "Find You" by Zedd featuring Matthew Koma and Miriam Bryant, was released on January 26, 2014.[7] "Beating Heart" by Ellie Goulding was released on April 22, 2014, as the second single from the soundtrack.[8]

Divergent: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack[edit]

Background[edit]

Ellie Goulding's song "Dead in the Water" from her 2012 album Halcyon was featured in the film's first official clip, released on December 19, 2013. The song was later included on the soundtrack album.[9][10] Goulding has four songs on the soundtrack album (three tracks on the 'standard' soundtrack album, and one as bonus song on the deluxe edition) and she also provided vocals for the score of the film (on four tracks). According to director Neil Burger, "We started working with songs from Ellie Goulding's album Halcyon and soon found that the texture of her music and the tone of her voice perfectly matched our film. In many ways Ellie has become the inner voice of our heroine Tris."[11][4]

Inspiration for the soundtrack came from Kanye West's 2013 album Yeezus. According to music supervisor Randall Poster, "One of the great creative breakthroughs we had was that we, talking to Neil Burger the director, really looked at Kanye's Yeezus record and 'Black Skinhead' in particular and said, 'You know what, musically this sounds like the world of Dauntless, obviously, the lyrical topicality was not going to work for us and so doing some exploration we sort of landed on this [French DJ] producer Gesaffelstein who worked with Kanye [West]."[12] Randall further talked about the soundtrack album, "I think that one of the challenges for a movie like this is that it's set in the future and so you sort of have to figure out, 'OK, what might music in the future sound like?' The film is actually set not in a perfected future, but actually kind of in a future world that is deteriorating. And so we wanted to create a musical element that had reflected on current music sounds, but also felt kind of time-forward and had a certain futuristic element. Really our notion was to find music that was dangerous, tribal and had electronic elements without really being dance-y."[3]

The album also contained music from British alternative rock band Snow Patrol, Kendrick Lamar, Tame Impala, M83, ASAP Rocky and Pia Mia.[13][14]

Marketing[edit]

The soundtrack album was available on Pitchfork Advance, a music streaming platform that host full-length pre-release albums in advance, from March 7 to 10, 2014.[15][16]

Track listing[edit]

No.TitleWriter(s)Artist(s)Length
1."Find You"
Zedd featuring Matthew Koma and Miriam Bryant3:23
2."Beating Heart"
Ellie Goulding3:31
3."Fight for You"
Pia Mia featuring Chance The Rapper4:35
4."Hanging On" (I See MONSTAS remix)
Ellie Goulding4:04
5."I Won't Let You Go"Snow Patrol4:07
6."Run Boy Run"
Woodkid3:32
7."Backwards"Tame Impala and Kendrick Lamar3:54
8."I Need You"Anthony GonzalezM833:01
9."In Distress"A$AP Rocky featuring Gesaffelstein3:09
10."Lost and Found" (ODESZA remix)Derek Vincent SmithPretty Lights4:36
11."Stranger"Skrillex with KillaGraham from Milo and Otis featuring Sam Dew4:50
12."Dream Machines"
  • KC Underwood
  • Alice Costelloe
Big Deal2:59
13."Dead in the Water"
Ellie Goulding4:44
Total length:48:25

Charts[edit]

Chart (2014) Peak
position
Australian Albums (ARIA)[18] 18
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Flanders)[19] 75
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Wallonia)[20] 87
French Albums (SNEP)[21] 153
Norwegian Albums (VG-lista)[22] 24
New Zealand Albums (RMNZ)[23] 38
South Korean International Albums (Gaon)[24] 36
UK Compilation Albums (OCC)[25] 45
UK Dance Albums (OCC)[26] 14
US Billboard 200[27] 16
US Top Soundtracks (Billboard)[28] 2

Divergent: Original Motion Picture Score[edit]

Divergent: Original Motion Picture Score
Divergent score.jpg
Film score by
ReleasedMarch 18, 2014 (2014-03-18)
GenreOrchestral
Length89:31[29]
LabelInterscope
ProducerJunkie XL
Divergent scores chronology
Divergent: Original Motion Picture Score
(2014)
The Divergent Series: Insurgent – Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
(2015)

The score of the film was composed by Junkie XL, with Hans Zimmer executive producing the album. They both previously collaborated on Man of Steel, The Dark Knight Rises, Shark Tale, Megamind and the Madagascar series.[30][31] Ellie Goulding is featured as a vocalist on the score.[32] The album was released digitally in United States on March 18, 2014, by Interscope Records,[4][33] and was later released in both physical and digital formats internationally on March 31, 2014.[34]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Tris" (featuring Ellie Goulding) – 7:48
  2. "The Test" – 3:17
  3. "Choosing Dauntless" (featuring Ellie Goulding) – 3:44
  4. "Capture the Flag" (featuring Ellie Goulding) – 3:06
  5. "This Isn't Real" – 1:38
  6. "Ferris Wheel" – 3:31
  7. "Erudite Plan" – 3:20
  8. "Fear" – 3:36
  9. "I Am Divergent" – 1:38
  10. "A Friend" – 2:47
  11. "Conspiracy" – 5:26
  12. "Watertank" – 1:50
  13. "Faction Before Blood" – 6:48
  14. "Human Nature" – 3:12
  15. "Final Test" – 1:37
  16. "The March" – 5:17
  17. "Dauntless Attack" – 5:55
  18. "Sacrifice" (featuring Ellie Goulding) – 4:20
  19. "You're Not Gonna Like This" (digital bonus track)[34] – 14:00
  20. "Fight the Dauntless" – 4:13
  21. "Everywhere and Nowhere" – 2:28

References[edit]

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