After remaining dormant for almost two years, Coldplay is heating up with their newest single “Atlas.”
The lead track off the Hunger Games: Catching Fire soundtrack, “Atlas” was released as a single in the U.S. in September, but didn’t pick up steam until now, as the Catching Fire trailer is dominating the Internet. “Atlas” peaked in the Top 20 of Billboards’ Rock Songs and Alternative Songs chart after reaching no. 69 on the Billboard Hot 100.
The track is a first for Coldplay in another sense as well: the band has never recorded an original song specifically for a movie. Chris Martin will accept this year’s Hollywood Song Award at the Hollywood Film Awards on Oct. 21 at the Beverly Hilton on behalf of the entire group.
The Hollywood Film Awards calls itself the precursor to the Oscars, but unlike the Academy Awards, the HFA have no voting body. Their website clearly states that “our ‘film awards’ are bestowed on honorees, not nominees.” Additionally, the site stresses that the honorees are not competing and that they are purposefully selected to be honored at the awards gala.
Still, over the past 10 years, honorees have gone on to receive 96 Oscar noms and 34 Oscars. So who knows? Coldplay could be starting award season off on the right foot. Most of the professional Oscar prognosticators haven’t weighed in on the Song category yet, but the Latin Post has predicted that the track “will presumably be an Oscar contender for Best Original Song.”
Meanwhile, check out New Dimensions, a documentary about Coldplay at Demand.FilmOn.