LES MISÉRABLES HIGHLIGHTS FROM THE MOTION PICTURE SOUNDTRACK
A HUGE GLOBAL HIT
*NO.1 IN TEN COUNTRIES*
*FASTEST DIGITAL SALES FOR A SOUNDTRACK*
The Highlights from the Motion Picture Soundtrack, which has smashed box-office records around the world, has landed the top spot in ten countries with sales of over 700,000 already and is currently in the top three of the iTunes chart in fourteen countries.In the US it went straight to no.1 on the Billboard album chart – the first adapted-from-a-stage-musical movie soundtrack to climb this high since ‘Mamma Mia!’ in 2008.
The critical acclaim for the film, which opened in the UK on Friday, has seen it receive eight OSCAR nominations – including one for Best Original Song for ‘Suddenly’ (Hugh Jackman) – and nine BAFTA nominations. At the Golden Globes on Sunday it scooped three awards and a nomination for Best Original Song for ‘Suddenly’.
Academy Award®-winning director Tom Hooper’s sweeping and spectacular interpretation of Victor Hugo’s epic tale breaks new ground in allowing the cast the spontaneity of normal film acting by singing live during filming, rather than miming to a playback.
This is the first time such a technique has been employed and, in Hooper’s words, has “a profound effect on the power and realism of the story.”
The soundtrack is sung by an international superstar cast lead by Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe and Anne Hathaway. The Working Title/Cameron Mackintosh production also stars Amanda Seyfried, Eddie Redmayne, Aaron Tveit and Samantha Barks, with Helena Bonham Carter and Sacha Baron Cohen
Set against the backdrop of 19th-century France, Les Misérables tells an enthralling story of broken dreams and unrequited love, passion, sacrifice and redemption. With beloved songs— including “I Dreamed a Dream,” “Bring Him Home,” “One Day More” and “On My Own”—Les Misérables, the show of shows, is now reborn as the cinematic musical experience of a lifetime.