Swift, The Civil Wars release film soundtrack song
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Swift, The Civil Wars release film soundtrack song

Friday, December 23, 2011 – Taylor Swift released a brand-new song on iTunes overnight, Safe & Sound. Featuring The Civil Wars, the song is the lead single from the companion soundtrack to the upcoming Lionsgate film "The Hunger Games."

Swift penned the song with Joy Williams, John Paul White and producer T Bone Burnett. Williams and White are The Civil Wars, a duo who Swift saw at a club and promoted them via social media.

Swift first shared the news exclusively with fans late last night, using a surprise series of announcements on Twitter. In the 30 minutes leading up to the song's iTunes posting, Swift sent tweets that something that she was "VERY excited about for a VERY long time is going to be happening VERY soon," then announced the big news by posting a link to the song on iTunes.

The song was in the number one position atop the iTunes Top Ten Singles chart by this afternoon.

Burnett is producing the companion soundtrack album, which features newly written and recorded songs, based on themes embodied in "The Hunger Games." The album will be released next year on Universal Republic Records in advance of the film, which is in theaters everywhere March 23, 2012. The futuristic movie stars Jennifer Lawrence, Stanley Tucci and Woody Harrelson.

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