Singer-songwriter Lorde poses in the press room at the 2014 MuchMusic Video Awards at MuchMusic HQ
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By Laura Stampler
July 31, 2014

Lionsgate announced that 17-year-old Lorde will not only write the first single for the next Hunger Games installment, but she will curate the soundtrack for it as well.

Lorde will hand-pick the artists who appear on the Mockingjay — Part 1 album, which will be available from Republic Records this fall. The film is set to premiere in the U.S. on November 21.

The Grammy-winning musician, whose single “Royals” went quadruple platinum, is certainly the right demographic for the franchise, which focused on powerful, young, female lead Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence).

“I sat down with Lorde on the set of Mockingjay this spring and I was immediately struck by how she so innately understood what we, as both fans and filmmakers, were trying to accomplish with the film,” said director Francis Lawrence in a statement. “Her immense talent and keen understanding of Mockingjay’s characters and themes not only have enabled her to create a song of her own that completely captures the film’s essence, but her insight and passion for our project make her the perfect creative force to assemble the other songs on our soundtrack.”

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