“THE TWILIGHT SAGA: NEW MOON—ORIGINAL MOTION PICTURE SOUNDTRACK” rises to #1 this week on the Billboard 200, its first full week in stores and online. Despite the soundtrack being released four days earlier than scheduled, it made an impressive debut last week at #2 on the chart after an abbreviated week at retail. This marks the first time ever that a soundtrack and its sequel have both reached the #1 spot on the Billboard 200. THE TWILIGHT SAGA: NEW MOON is slated to open in theatres nationwide on November 20th.
The musical companion to the highly anticipated second installment in Summit Entertainment’s film franchise features new tracks from some of modern music’s most gifted and admired artists, including Thom Yorke, Muse, The Killers, Bon Iver & St. Vincent, and Death Cab for Cutie, who contributed the album’s first single, “Meet Me On the Equinox.” The track is currently #14 at Modern Rock radio.
Also featured on “THE TWILIGHT SAGA: NEW MOON – ORIGINAL MOTION PICTURE SOUNDTRACK” are previously unreleased tracks from such acclaimed artists as Grizzly Bear, Lykke Li, Band of Skulls, Editors, OK Go, and Anya Marina, whose song “Satellite Heart” was the second track made available prior to the soundtrack’s release. Among its numerous highlights is the exclusive “I Belong To You (New Moon Remix)” from Muse, who also appeared on the original “TWILIGHT” soundtrack.
A nationwide cast tour for THE TWILIGHT SAGA: NEW MOON, which will also feature several bands on the soundtrack, kicks off in Los Angeles at the Hollywood & Highland Center on Friday, November 6th. The special event is open to the public. The audience will be treated to performances by Death Cab for Cutie, Anya Marina, Sea Wolf, and Band of Skulls, giving them a new opportunity to experience the music from the soundtrack. The cast tour will then continue across the country, with select actors from the movie making stops in 15 cities. Several dates will also include performances from soundtrack artists. For more information, visitwww.hottopic.com and www.nordstrom.com.
In addition, Summit Entertainment has teamed up with leading online movie ticketing sites, Fandango and MovieTickets.com, to offer consumers who purchase advance tickets for THE TWILIGHT SAGA: NEW MOON a free, exclusive remix of the soundtrack’s “Satellite Heart” by Anya Marina, available only on the iTunes Store. With every ticket purchase, consumers will receive a free download code redeemable on the iTunes Store – www.iTunes.com – through January 15, 2010 (While supplies last. Remix exclusive for a limited time. A maximum of 10 codes per Fandango transaction).