Nothing makes you feel older than when the Next Big Franchise is something you have only seen on the fronts of tabloids when you're at the store buying antacids. But apparently Hunger Games is a mega huge deal? Like all the teens love it, and it's going to be the biggest movie of the year, and there are going to be like another four movies (I assume?) and you are about to see T-shirts that feature "Team (Character name I refuse to look up)" and Barbie-tie-ins, and all of that stuff that always happens when a bunch of teens all like one thing. Commerce, etc.
Another facet of Hunger Games' cultural dominance: The soundtrack to the film, which features songs from Arcade Fire, Neko Case, Kid Cudi, Taylor Swift, Civil Wars, and the Decemberists, among others, is expected to be the number one album in the country next week, as it is expected to sell at least 150,000 copies. Not even the last Twilight soundtracks could pull that off. Hunger Games is the new champ, clearly. Long live Hunger Games until the new thing. [Billboard]