‘Safe and Sound’ Wins Grammy for Song Written for Visual Media

Congratulations to Taylor Swift and The Civil Wars for their Grammy win today!  Safe and Sound  from The Hunger Games Soundtrack won for best  Song Written for Visual Media.

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‘Safe & Sound,” “Abraham’s Daughter” Are Grammy Nominees!

The 55th Annual Grammy Award nominations were announced this evening and two songs off of ‘The Hunger Games’ soundtrack are up for the award.   Safe & Sound by Taylor Swift & The Civil Wars won nominations in the Best Country Duo/Group Performance Category and Best Song Written For Visual Media which Abraham’s Daughter by  Arcade Fire is also up for!  You can find the complete list of nominees on the Grammy’s official website.

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The Grammy Awards air February 10, 2013.  In the meantime check out the official music video for Safe & Sound.  Of course we know you’ve already watched it, but now is as good a time as any to watch it again!

Alicia Keys thinks SHE’s the Girl on Fire

Who is YOUR Girl on Fire: Katniss Everdeen or Alicia Keys? As far as we knew, it was Katniss, but now Keys seems poised to try and take the mantle. See this story from EW.com about Keys’ new album and how it relates to The Hunger Games:

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For our Fall Music Preview, on stands tomorrow, we spoke to Alicia Keys about her upcoming album, Girl on Fire, due Nov. 27  — and she had plenty to say about the recording process, getting the tiniest member of her family in the studio, and why that title is not a reference to a certain bow-and-arrow-wielding girl warrior. Read on:

EW: Let’s start with your album title, Girl on Fire. I know that you wrote that you wanted to make a change in your life and represent a new journey and a fresh start, but is the title also influenced by The Hunger Games?

Alicia Keys: You know, the funny thing is that it’s actually not. It was such a shock when I heard about The Hunger Games — I wasn’t aware of the book at that point. And I didn’t realize that, I guess, that’s what they call the one girl. So we tried very hard to make it all work and put the song in — and to put parts of what I was developing in with the movie. Anyway, obviously it came out way too early, so the timing wasn’t right. But, no, it has nothing to do with The Hunger Games. That powerful feeling is what it’s all about.

Continue reading HERE!

If it was an innocent coincidence — and we’re inclined to believe Keys when she says that — then no harm, no foul. It does make us wonder, though: Would an Alicia Keys song have been nice on the “Songs from District 12 and Beyond” soundtrack? We know Keys can do New York, but could she have done District 12?

Let us know your thoughts!

Birdy – Just A Game (Official Video)

We proudly present to you the official music video for Birdy’s Just A Game from The Hunger Games soundtrack!  Enjoy!

‘Hunger Games’ soundtrack certified gold in just one month

The Hunger Games companion album Songs From District 12 and Beyond has been certified Gold by the Recording Industry Association of America in April,  a mere month after its release!  See excerpt below from Broadway World.

Three spring album releases certified Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) Gold in just one month this April, according to the music group’s newest monthly Gold & Platinum Program tally.

Syco Records band One Direction’s “Up All Night,” Mercury Nashville legendLionel Richie’s first record in five years “Tuskegee” and the Universal Republic soundtrack to film “The Hunger Games” each sold more than 500,000 copies to earn timely golden awards in April. One Direction also received their first Platinum download certification for “What Makes You Beautiful” surpassing one million downloads sold in the United States.

You can check out the entire story HERE

Source: RIAA via Broadway World

Meet Jayme Dee

For those of us who have listened to (and let’s face it, are obsessed with) The Hunger Games Soundtrack, Songs From District 12 and Beyond, we are now familiar with Jayme Dee.  She is a relative newcomer who has contributed her song ‘Rules’ to the album.  Thank goodness for that!  That song is absolutely amazing, and really Jayme is quite talented, so the fact that I knew so little about her made me want to find out more! The first place I started was her official website www.jaymedee.com, here you can sign up for her email list you will get a free download of her song ‘Honey’, in case you are interested, no pressure!

You can also like her Facebook page HERE were you can see her DIP from the TheCapitol.PN, she’s from District 12!

To get a little more biographical information about her you’ll want to check out this article from BMI that features Jayme from December 2011 prior to her debut album’s release.  It gives some decent background information about her, which many of us are craving.

Sometimes real life truly can be the best teacher. That’s how 19-year-old singer/songwriter Jayme Dee sees things. Although she tried her hand at formal schooling, enrolling at the University of Southern California to study music, she dropped out after just one semester in order to pursue her dreams first-hand.

“I was a vocal major, and I was taking songwriting classes and things like that,” says Dee, who was born and raised in Redondo Beach. “But there’s nothing that compares to being in the music industry. Right now I’m immersed in all sorts of things you can’t learn through text books.”

Thanks in large measure to a series of ear-catching cover songs she posted on YouTube, Dee was signed to Universal Republic within weeks of leaving USC. Since then, she’s been busy writing and recording original songs that, in her words, put a contemporary twist on old-school ideas. A variety of producers, including the Matrix production team and Toby Gad, have been helping shape the material.

“I grew up listening to Frank Sinatra and Patsy Cline and Aretha Franklin – people like that,” explains Dee, whose mother was a music teacher. “I wasn’t into top 40 music, or contemporary pop. My songwriting is contemporary as far as the lyrics go, but musically it has a retro vibe.”

With her debut album set for release in early 2012, Dee playfully says her goals include making an appearance on The Tonight Show, and having a no. 1 single. “Another dream is to collaborate with John Mayer,” she adds, with a laugh. “Seeing him in concert was one thing that inspired me to pick up the guitar.”

Mostly, however, she simply wants to continue to write songs that listeners recognize as authentic. “I find it hard to write about something that hasn’t actually happened to me,” she says. “I try to live my life as fully as I can, or else I’ll have nothing to write about. I want my music to be genuine. I’m always striving to sing about things I’m passionate about.”

You’ll want to check out the original story HERE

And finally, Jayme has recorded a live version of ‘Rules’ and you can watch a video of that right here, right now!

Does that song sound AMAZING live or what?!  Seriously, that song is so beautiful, as is her voice.  Not to mention that songs fits so perfectly on the album.  The lyrics “We went around the rules” apply to the trilogy so well!  Nightlock berries and revolution!

Here’s how to get more on Jayme Dee:

Twitter: @jaymedee123

Myspace: jaymedeemusic

YouTube: jaymedee333

Facebook: jaymedeemusic

The Hunger Games – Trifecta

We have already told you that The Hunger Games is number one in everything right now, see HERE if you’ve forgotten.  Having the number one movie, book and album in the country is such a remarkable feat that we thought you would like to view these declarations in video form!  We present to you TV spot number 9-“Trifecta”