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‘Avatar: The Way of Water (Original Score) soundtrack set to release Dec. 20
Hollywood Records/Universal Music Canada announced the release of “Avatar: The Way of Water (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack),” now available on all streaming platforms (listen here). Featuring music by Grammy Award-winning composer Simon Franglen, the 22-track soundtrack also exclusively includes the original song “Nothing is Lost (You Give Me Strength)” written and performed by The Weeknd, and produced by Swedish House Mafia along with Simon Franglen.
“Avatar: The Way of Water (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)” will also be available on vinyl in early 2023 (preorder link here).
Additionally, “Avatar: The Way of Water (Original Score)” will release Tuesday, Dec. 20, and will include 11 additional score cues from the film not available on the original motion picture soundtrack.
Franglen, who worked with composer James Horner on the original “Avatar” film, picked up where Horner left off following his tragic death in 2015, spending a large portion of the last three years composing the three-hour score to “Avatar: The Way of Water,” traveling to New Zealand to collaborate with director James Cameron. Franglen was also responsible for the production and further composition of the music throughout “Pandora – The World of Avatar,” which opened at Walt Disney World in Florida in May 2017, and is working on the next “Avatar” sequel to be released in 2024.
About ‘Avatar: The Way of Water’
Set more than a decade after the events of the first film, “Avatar: The Way of Water” begins to tell the story of the Sully family (Jake, Neytiri and their kids), the trouble that follows them, the lengths they go to keep each other safe, the battles they fight to stay alive, and the tragedies they endure.
Directed by Cameron, "Avatar: The Way of Water" stars Sam Worthington, Zoe Saldaña, Sigourney Weaver, Stephen Lang, Cliff Curtis, Joel David Moore, CCH Pounder, Edie Falco, Jemaine Clement, Giovanni Rabisi and Kate Winslet. Screenplay is by Cameron and Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver. Story is by Cameron, Jaffa, Silver and Josh Friedman and Shane Salerno. The film's producers are Cameron and Jon Landau, with David Valdes and Richard Baneham serving as executive producers.
“Avatar: The Way of Water” opened in theaters on Dec. 16.
About Hollywood Records
Hollywood Records is part of the Disney Music Group, which is also home to Walt Disney Records, Disney Music Publishing, Buena Vista Records and Disney Concerts. The labels' genre-spanning rosters include Queen (in North America), Andy Grammer, Sofia Carson, TINI Stoessel, Dreamers, Joywave, New Hope Club, almost monday, AREA21, Daisy The Great, Netta, little image and more. DMG also releases family music and film and television soundtracks from some of the largest movie franchises in the world – from Disney, Marvel Studios, Lucasfilm, Pixar, Searchlight Pictures, and 20th Century Films. Highlights include chart-topping albums “Encanto,” “Frozen 2,” “Bohemian Rhapsody,” the Oscar and Grammy-winning “Frozen,” the Grammy-winning "Guardians of the Galaxy," the Emmy-winning music from "WandaVision," the Emmy-winning music from "The Mandalorian," the Oscar and Grammy-winning "Soul" score, plus the Oscar-winning “Black Panther,” "Coco" and "Moana" soundtracks.
Recent titles include “Lightyear” and “Thor: Love and Thunder,” featuring score by Oscar and Grammy-winning composer Michael Giacchino, plus the television soundtracks “Obi-Wan Kenobi,” “Ms. Marvel,” “High School Musical: The Musical: The Series – Season 3,” “Only Murders in the Building,” and “Under The Banner of Heaven.”
Upcoming releases include “Andor,” “The Banshees of Inisherin” and “Avatar: The Way of Water.”
DMG’s rich and eclectic catalog has impacted pop culture globally, including music from films such as "Star Wars," “The Bob’s Burgers Movie,” “Nightmare Alley” and "Beauty and the Beast.” DMG produces Disney’s “For Scores” podcast series, the “Disney Hits Podcast” and the recently launched “The Big Score,” a podcast and docuseries highlighting conversations with acclaimed film composers from DMG soundtracks.
Disney Concerts licenses and produces hundreds of shows around the world, including “Star Wars in Concert,” “Disney on Classic,” “Pixar in Concert,” and many more.