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Listen to Lorde's fiery new single from The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1

Last year, teen pop star Lorde propped up the soundtrack to The Hunger Games: Catching Fire with a chilling cover of Tears for Fears' "Everybody Wants to Rule the World." The filmmakers were clearly impressed by the contribution (and the sizable fan base Lorde commands). The pop star has been tasked with curating the entire soundtrack for the upcoming The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1, and the first song released, "Yellow Flicker Beat," is by Lorde herself, marking her first single since the release of debut album Pure Heroine.

"I'm a princess cut from marble, smoother than a storm, and the scars that mark my body, they're silver and gold," she sings, as "Yellow Flicker Beat" evokes Hunger Games protagonist Katniss Everdeen. "It's my first offering from what I hope will be a soundtrack you love," wrote Lorde. "It's my attempt at getting inside her head, Katniss'. I hope you like it."