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Over 400 songs competed for inclusion on “Eclipse” soundtrack

By Kim Palacios Though the June 10th issue of Rolling Stone Magazine doesn’t go so far as to review the soundtrack, it does go far in discussing the selection process and the fierce competition among fledgling bands to be included.

With the soundtracks to “Twilight” and “New Moon” selling a combined 3.6 million copies, it is no surprise that up-and-coming bands were clamoring for a spot on the soundtrack to “Eclipse”. The biggest winners, according to Rolling Stone, have been “indie, alt, and emo bands”, yet even well-known stars such as Adam Lambert (who told MTV he hoped his song “Suburban Decay” would be considered for “Eclipse”) said they had songs they’d love to see on the soundtrack.

While bands are always looking for more exposure, Death Cab for Cutie manager Jordan Kurland said it best. “There aren’t a whole lot of ways to sell records anymore, and [getting a song on a major soundtrack] is a guaranteed way of doing that”. The manager went on to discuss how inclusion of the band’s song, “Meet Me on the Equinox”, on the “New Moon” soundtrack also beefed up merchandise sales.

“Great songs were sent in by world-class talent,” said “Eclipse” music supervisor Alexandra Patsavas of the selection process for the soundtrack. Yet the article admitted that certain other artists (such as Trent Reznor) were approached, but that “nothing came of the discussions”. Patsavas went on to characterize the soundtrack as having a “louder, more dissonant component to the music.”

The full article goes deeper in discussing specific tracks that were chosen and quotes David Slade on his thoughts on the compilation. To read the full article, pick up an issue of Rolling Stone.

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About Kim Palacios

Kim Palacios is a San Francisco Bay Area transplant whose epicurean tendencies are matched only by her wanderlust. While not covering food, wine, and luxury travel for her column on, she guest writes for Travel Writers Exchange and a number of other varied-topic blogs. She is quadrilingual and holds an M.B.A. in Finance (neither of which she uses much these days). While not mourning the death of free markets and grumbling about the tax treatment of Californians, she enjoys film, and all things Twilight.

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  • May 31, 2010 | Permalink |

    I’m sure the soundtracks sold more then that combined worldwide.

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