soundtrack supervisor Alexandra Patsavas talked How were the songs picked?
To complement the movies' rain-soaked vibe and themes of otherworldly love, their soundtracks have all taken "an indie point of view," says Alexandra Patsavas, the L.A. music supervisor who has curated all the releases. She credits "Twilight" author Stephenie Meyer for setting the tone, having created playlists for her fans and handpicked U.K. rockers Muse for the first soundtrack.
"It's not about how big the band is, it's about how their music tells the story," she says of her choices. Still, Ms. Patsavas mustered some firepower for the new soundtrack. The lead single, an echoey ballad titled "It Will Rain," comes from Bruno Mars, a heartthrob singer and a fixture on the pop chart for more than a year.
Despite scoring like no other movie soundtracks have in recent years, sales of the music series have flagged. The first "Twilight" album racked up sales of 2.7 million copies. The next two releases dipped to 1.2 million and 574,000 albums sold, respectively, according to Nielsen SoundScan. Atlantic Records, the distributor of the soundtrack and Mr. Mars's label, hopes the singer's participation will reverse the trend.
For the latest installment, Ms. Patsavas says she and her Chop Shop team of seven people weeded through 2,000 song submissions, then worked with director Bill Condon and editor Virginia Katz to decide on the best fits. Coloring the overall sound: the climactic wedding between the vampire Edward (Robert Pattinson) and his mortal love Bella (Kristen Stewart). Ms. Patsavas says she hunted for numbers that could be used (and now undoubtedly will be) at real-life weddings.
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