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I'm guessing the songs from the trailer will be on it

"Time" Chantal Kreviazuk

"Ooh Child" by Five Stairsteps

"Soar" by Christina Aguilera

i'm basically making this post b/c i found this today, i know a few people were asking about the soundtrack

As soundtrack sales soar, more stars turn their attention to film and television

By Michael Paoletta Nov 14, 2006, 15:07 GMT

With soundtrack sales up 18.3 percent this year over last, more name artists are turning their attention to Hollywood.

Through the week ended Nov. 5, soundtrack sales for 2006 stand at 19.9 million - up from 16.8 million through the same period in 2005. Ten soundtracks have reached the top 10 of The Billboard 200 so far this year, compared to four each in all of 2005 and all of 2004. In the face of declining CD sales overall and shrinking terrestrial radio playlists, artists are looking elsewhere for exposure and income. And if an Oscar becomes part of the package, all the better.

Fox Music president Robert Kraft dates the shift in attitude to February`s 78th annual Academy Awards, especially the best original song category. "No disrespect, but it was painful to see that out of all the beautiful film music, the Academy could only find three songs to nominate."

Within 30 seconds of the Oscar going to "It`s Hard Out Here for a Pimp" by Three 6 Mafia from 'Hustle & Flow,' Kraft - who is responsible for all the music in Fox films and TV shows - believes "every superstar artist realized it was time to make a song for a film."

Fast forward nine months, and the number of mainstream acts making music specifically for the movie industry is alarmingly high. Take a look around. Tim McGraw is appearing in 'Flicka,' which also features his song "My Little Girl." In coming weeks, Seal`s "The Father`s Way" debuts in 'The Pursuit of Happyness,' Sarah McLachlan`s "Ordinary Miracle" in 'Charlotte`s Web,' Beyonce`s "Listen" in 'Dreamgirls' and Chris Cornell`s "You Know My Name" in the latest James Bond flick, 'Casino Royale.' Even Prince has a new song in a film ('Happy Feet'). The list goes on and on.

"The ways and means for artists to get heard is slimmer," says songwriter/producer Dave Stewart, who collaborated with Glen Ballard on "Ordinary Miracle." So, Stewart adds, "more artists are looking to film and TV to get their music out there."

Singer/songwriter Sheryl Crow, whose "Try Not to Remember" will be heard in the forthcoming drama 'Home of the Brave,' concurs. "Everyone is looking for alternative ways to get their music heard," she says.

Crow says it`s not her ambition to be a songwriter for films or TV. But she acknowledges, "It is inspiring to write a song for a compelling movie. I get to flex different muscles."

Sony Pictures Entertainment president of worldwide music Lia Vollack says that can lead to creative magic. She cites Paul Westerberg, who wrote several songs, including the ballad "I Belong" (which he performs), for Sony Animation`s 'Open Season,' as a postcard-perfect example. "We needed an artist who had heart and emotion, but not syrupy-sweet emotion," Vollack says. "A sense of humor was also vital. Paul fit the bill."

Music publishers pursue film and TV opportunities for clients as well. "Interscope is not thinking about taking Chris Cornell away from the process of making an artist album," EMI Music Publishing executive VP of U.S. creative Jody Gerson says. "I get to think outside the box and find out what my songwriters will and will not do."

Yet label executives, too, welcome the new doors that can open with Hollywood`s help. RCA Music Group VP of soundtracks, film and TV music licensing Karen Lamberton points to McLachlan, who is doing some promotion for 'Charlotte`s Web.' "It`s a way for an artist to remain visible between albums," Lamberton says. "It can also open an artist to new communities." In other words, with a pig and a spider at her side, McLachlan`s fan base could skew younger.

"As an artist, you want your music heard," says Melissa Etheridge, who contributed a new song to 'An Inconvenient Truth.' "It`s a bonus if you reach new fans in the process. When people hear one of my songs in a movie, they are hearing my voice and words - and not just hearing about that bald lesbian."

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