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->''"I have the feeling that this movie is just a receptacle for songs Music/DavidBowie didn't want to release on any of his albums."''
-->-- '''WebVideo/TheNostalgiaChick''' on ''Film/{{Labyrinth}}''

When you're setting up an AllStarCast, who says you have to stop at ''actors?''

The PopStarComposer is a famous musical figure, known primarily for their work with, well, popular music, who is hired by a movie or video game studio to provide music and songs for their latest work. Think partially-or-completely washed-up rock stars and dueling divas. This is especially common for animated musicals--lyrics and music by a famous songwriter seems a good way to draw audiences. If they already like Songwriter X, then they'll probably like the movie! Or so one hopes. Despite what you might think, the songwriter in question doesn't necessarily have to be an alumnus of the "pop" music genre--they just have to be known for something ''besides'' movie scores.

This particular practice has been somewhat all-over-the-place since it first began. Earlier, {{Trope Mak|er}}ing examples sprouted up in TheEighties with examples such as David Bowie doing the songs for ''{{Labyrinth}}'' and Queen doing a lot of the music for movies such as ''Film/FlashGordon'' and ''Film/{{Highlander}}'' (they did ''not'' do all the music for these films, however, as admirers of Howard Blake and MichaelKamen will attest). But animated movies in TheNineties really [[TropeCodifier codified]] this trope, with examples such as EltonJohn doing the songs for ''Disney/TheLionKing.'' In particular, animated movies with this kind of musical casting are prone to {{Award Bait Song}}s and composers/performers who used to be kind of cool once.

Ironically, the more mainstream and big-budget a live-action movie generally is, the ''less'' likely this trope will be used. With many Hollywood studios serving as corporate siblings of major record labels, "synergy" usually rears its head and a grab bag of artists from a label will be tapped to each provide a number for a movie soundtrack (it was common in TheNineties to end TV ads with a list of performers who appeared on the soundtrack, no matter how briefly their work turned up in the actual film). Pop Star Composers usually work in animated features or smaller-scale films that aren't trying so hard to hit every potential radio market and can thus focus more on matching music to the moment.

And before you ask: No, DannyElfman does ''not'' count though he was in [[OingoBoingo a band.]]

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[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* YukiKajiura, maker of many soundtracks for various anime series, is one of the two members of famous Japanese pop duo See-Saw (disbanded), and regularly contributes to Japanese music through the solo project FictionJunction and the band Music/{{Kalafina}}.
** In case you were wondering, yes, this is why ''GundamSEED'' and its sequel have insert songs by FictionJunction, and this is also why ''KaraNoKyoukai'' has all of its ending themes by Kalafina.
** Also why ''.hack//SIGN'' has an opening theme, "Obsession" by See-Saw.
* SusumuHirasawa, a pop star during the 80s and 90s, experienced something of a second coming as a composer of anime soundtracks, notably ''{{Berserk}}'' and the works of Creator/SatoshiKon.
* Ai Maeda is a film actress and singer, and provides the distinctive voice of the main character in ''LightNovel/KinosJourney''. Naturally, she also sings the ending theme song. (Relatedly, the ending theme lyrics were written by the original book's novelist.)
* US popstar Neil Sedaka composed the opening and ending themes for the series ZetaGundam. Ironically however, this resulted in the openings not being used in the US DVD release.
* Daisuke Inoue, composer and performer(both vocally and instrumentally in some cases) of several songs for the original Anime/MobileSuitGundam, was well-known in Japan and to some folks in the US for being frontman and saxophonist of the early J-Pop band Blue Comets, who had a huge hit with Blue Chateau.
* {{Music/Supercell}}'s soundtrack was the main attraction of ''Anime/GuiltyCrown'', in much the same way that YukiKajiura was the main attraction of ''Anime/DotHackSign''. Another famous {{Vocaloid}} producer, livetune, was hired to write the [=OPs=] for ''Anime/DevilSurvivor2'' and the second season of ''LightNovel/OreNoImoutoGaKonnaNiKawaiiWakeGaNai''. The latter is actually a double-example, written by livetune and performed by the pop idol duo [=ClariS=].
* Music/YoshikiHayashi, for Anime/{{X1999}} with ''Forever Love,'' and OsamuTezuka's ''Buddha'' with ''Scarlet Love Song.''
* ''Anime/{{FLCL}}'' featured music from the j-rock band Music/ThePillows, in somewhat of an inversion of this trope -- the studio picked the band because they thought their sound fit the series rather than for marketing reasons, and their involvement in ''FLCL'' actually caused a popularity bump for The Pillows, rather than the other way around. In addition, most of the music used in ''FLCL'' was stuff The Pillows had already recorded -- only two songs were actually created specifically for the series, though those two songs ("Ride on Shooting Star" and "I Think I Can") are featured prominently, as the EndingTheme and arguably the series' main theme, respectively.
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[[folder:Comicbooks]]
* From what the rumors say, they tried to do this to ''{{Bone}}'', with famous pop songs and a plot changed to be more "[[AnimationAgeGhetto teen friendly.]]" Jeff Smith was not pleased and shot it down, hard.
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[[folder:Films -- Animated]]
* Disney uses this trope every once in a while:
** [[OlderThanTheyThink A surprisingly early example]]: Peggy Lee wrote (with Sonny Burke) the songs for ''Disney/LadyAndTheTramp'' and sang most of them.
** Country singer Roger Miller wrote and performed "Oo-de-lally", "Not In Nottingham", and "Whistle-Stop" for Disney's ''Disney/RobinHood''.
** ''Disney/TheLionKing'', with songs by EltonJohn (music) and Tim Rice (lyrics), popularized this trope in animated features.
** PhilCollins of Music/{{Genesis}} wrote the songs for ''Disney/{{Tarzan}}.'' A few years later, he also did the songs for ''BrotherBear'', which then is lampshaded in the DVDCommentary:
-->'''Rutt:''' Phil Collins, Phil Collins, Phil Collins... He's everywhere.
-->'''Tuke:''' Doesn't he take a break?
*** In addition, many of the dubs got a major pop star from their area to sing the dubbed songs: Ákos Kovács in Hungarian, Alex Panayi in Greek, Wakin Chau in Cantonese, Hisham Nour in Arabic, Luís Represas in European Portuguese, and Paweł Hartlieb in Polish, just to name a few.
** ''Disney/TheEmperorsNewGroove'' was originally set to feature a whole arsenal of songs by {{Sting}}, but due to the movie undergoing a massive plot-shift in development, only two songs remain in the movie: Kuzco's facetiously-used theme song, and the end credits AwardBaitSong, "My Funny Friend and Me." The rest of the songs can still be heard on the soundtrack album.
* EltonJohn also wrote and sang most of the songs in ''TheRoadToElDorado'', though unlike ''Disney/TheLionKing,'' that [[AllAnimationIsDisney wasn't a Disney movie.]]
** ''GnomeoAndJuliet'' also features several songs by him, both originals and classics. The trailer even shows a [[InkSuitActor gnomified]] version of him.
* While PeterGabriel's main contribution to Pixar's ''WesternAnimation/{{WALL-E}}'' was the end credit song "Down to Earth", he also co-wrote EVE's theme with underscore composer Thomas Newman.
* While most of the Newman family is known for film soundtracks, RandyNewman had a career as a singer-songwriter before (and while) working on films. He's been doing this for quite some time too, including six {{Pixar}} movies and ''Disney/ThePrincessAndTheFrog''.
** ''WesternAnimation/{{Cars}}'', along with pre-existing songs and Newman's score and "Our Town", also had original songs by Sheryl Crow and Brad Paisley.
* will.i.am performed and co-wrote with composer HansZimmer music for ''WesternAnimation/{{Madagascar}}: Escape 2 Africa''.
* ''WesternAnimation/DespicableMe'' had original songs by Pharell Williams, who was also credited for the underscore along with Heitor Pereira. Pharell not only came back for the sequel, but one of the songs from its soundtrack -- "Happy" -- has proven one of his biggest hits.
* Originally, ''WesternAnimation/{{Coraline}}'' was set to have a whole arsenal of songs by Music/TheyMightBeGiants. However, they ended up not fitting with the tone of the film, and mostly getting cut. One short song, sung by Other Father, does remain in the film.
* Plan on watching ''WesternAnimation/SpiritStallionOfTheCimarron''? Hope you like Bryan Adams!
* The animated ''CuriousGeorge'' movie has songs by Jack Johnson.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Animalympics}}'' has songs written and performed by Graham Gouldman of 10cc.
* Jimmy Webb, best known for "Wichita Lineman" and "[=MacArthur=] Park", wrote the underscore and songs for ''WesternAnimation/TheLastUnicorn''; the group Music/{{America}} performed some of the songs.
* [[Music/PinkFloyd Roger Waters]] composed the music to ''ComicBook/WhenTheWindBlows'', with David Bowie contributing the title song.
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[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* ''Film/{{The Graduate}}'' featured songs by SimonAndGarfunkel.
* ''Film/WorldWarZ'' featured a minimalistic, haunting soundtrack by {{Muse}}.
* ''Film/{{Labyrinth}}'' featured a song score by Music/DavidBowie, who also played the main antagonist, the Goblin King. Contrary to the Nostalgia Chick's theory, Bowie was attracted to the project in part because he liked the idea of writing songs for a children's movie -- it's just that some of them aren't ''that'' far removed from his usual output.
* John Phillips of The Mamas and the Papas wrote part of the score for ''Film/TheManWhoFellToEarth''. Interestingly, that film was Music/DavidBowie's first NonActorVehicle, and he initially worked on a score with Paul Buckmaster, but for various reasons it went unused and will probably never see the light of day, save for a backwards bass line that appears on one track of ''Low''.
** A few years earlier Phillips wrote and performed several songs for RobertAltman's quirky comedy ''Brewster [=McCloud=]''. Phillips was also a co-producer for the film.
* Music/{{Queen}} provided the music for [[Film/FlashGordon FLASH! AH-AAAH--]] ...er, we mean ''Film/FlashGordon''. [[VerbalTic Sorry about that.]]
** Music/{{Queen}} also were "born to be princes of the universe" with ''Film/{{Highlander}}''.
** Freddie Mercury (of Queen) was involved in the re-scoring of ''Film/{{Metropolis}}'''s 1984 release. (While he was there, he requested for the East German government to use [[VideoFullOfFilmClips pieces of the film in the video]] for "Radio Ga Ga".)
* Roger Waters of Music/PinkFloyd wrote a song for ''TheLastMimzy'' called "Hello (I Love You)".
* ''Film/ThereWillBeBlood'' has a soundtrack by Music/{{Radiohead}}'s Jonny Greenwood. Notably, it sounds nothing like Radiohead, but includes part of Greenwood's modernist orchestral work "Popcorn Superhet Receiver". He played the viola and studied classical composition years before becoming a guitarist, and it shows.
* {{Jazz}} example: Music/DukeEllington composed and performed the soundtrack for ''Film/AnatomyOfAMurder''. [[TheCameo He also briefly appears as juke joint pianist Pie-Eye.]]
* Eddie Vedder of Music/PearlJam did the soundtrack for ''IntoTheWild'', which also doubled as his solo debut.
* Stewart Copeland of Music/ThePolice wrote the music for ''Literature/RumbleFish''. He also composed the original theme for ''Series/BabylonFive'' and worked on ''Series/TheEqualizer''. In fact, he has an extensive scoring career.
* Pop-rock duo Wang Chung did the synthrock score for William Friedkin's ''Film/ToLiveandDieinLA'', which also featured some of their licensed songs.
* Music/BobDylan composed a number of original songs for the Sam Peckinpah western ''Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid.'' He also appears in a minor role. One of the songs from the film, "Knockin' on Heaven's Door", is one of his greatest hits, covered by (among others) Music/GunsNRoses.
* Music/NeilYoung improvised the electric guitar soundtrack to Creator/JimJarmusch's acid western ''Film/DeadMan'' while watching the film alone in a studio.
* Jack White of Music/TheWhiteStripes performed five songs in the film ''ColdMountain'' and appeared in a minor role.
* ''Film/KillBill Vol. 1'' features original music by The RZA of the Music/WuTangClan.
* Olivia Newton-John and ElectricLightOrchestra recorded the soundtrack for ''Film/{{Xanadu}}''.
* Karen O of the YeahYeahYeahs collaborated with Music/CarterBurwell on the soundtrack to the film adaptation of ''Film/WhereTheWildThingsAre''.
* Clint Mansell, former vocalist and guitarist of alternative rock-rap-techno-industrial-grebo band Pop Will Eat Itself, moved into film scores after the band disbanded in 1996. Nowadays he's most famous for writing the scores for every single Darren Aronofsky film.
* PeterGabriel of 'In Your Eyes' and 'Solsbury Hill' fame composed the music for ''TheLastTemptationOfChrist''.
** He'd actually done another soundtrack before then -- the smaller film ''Birdy'', although half of the score was reworked instrumental versions of songs from his album ''Security''. Since then he's done the score for ''Rabbit Proof Fence''.
* Music/YoshikiHayashi produced the entire soundtrack for ''Film/RepoTheGeneticOpera'', created the song ''VUK-R'' for it. He also contributed ''Blue Butterfly'' for Film/{{Catacombs}}, and contributed the title track ''IV'' for Film/{{Saw}} IV. In a more meta sense, he did the theme for the 2012 and 2013 Golden Globes.
* Paul [=McCartney=] as solo artist composed songs for several films, including ''Film/SpiesLikeUs'', ''Father's Day,'' ''Film/VanillaSky'', and the American versions of ''Film/TheLakeHouse'' and ''Film/TheInLaws''. For some reason, films that use his music tend to get too philosophical or too {{Fauxlosophical}} for the intended audiences and achieve limited success.
** 1966's ''The Family Way'' is Fab Macca's only actual film score to date.
* Cameron Crowe's film ''Film/{{Singles}}'' features songs from bands in the Seattle grunge scene, which had just started to explode. Music/PearlJam wrote two original songs, "Breath" and "State of Love and Trust," for the film. Music/{{Soundgarden}} created an acoustic track for use in the background ambience of a scene. The song was "Spoonman," which was later re-recorded and became Soundgarden's breakout single.
* [[DireStraits Mark Knopfler]] composed a number of scores for movies, such as ''LocalHero'' and ''Film/ThePrincessBride''.
* Paramount and {{Disney}}'s ''Film/{{Popeye}}'' LiveActionAdaptation was a musical with songs written by Music/HarryNilsson.
* Music/DaftPunk composed the music for ''Film/TronLegacy''.
** Thomas Bangalter also contributed music for Gaspar Noe's films ''Film/{{Irreversible}}'' and ''Film/EnterTheVoid''.
* Horror film ''Film/TrickOfTreat'' from 1986 had all its songs written by HardRock band Fastway, although this also had an instrumental score by Christopher Young.
* TheResidents, of all people, performed the soundtrack to little-known [[TheEighties Eighties]] black comedy ''The Census Taker'' (although about half of the soundtrack was previously released material).
* Mark Oliver Everett of Eels composed the soundtrack to ''Levity''.
* Shudder To Think released two soundtracks in 1998 that were notable for being SomethingCompletelyDifferent from their normal alternative/art-punk sound: the score to ''High Art'' was a mixture of ambient music and instrumental trip-hop, while ''First Love Last Rites'' was a {{retraux}} 50's and early 60's pastiche with loads and loads of guest vocalists such as [[Music/TheSmashingPumpkins Billy Corgan]], [[CheapTrick Robin Zander]], LizPhair, and JeffBuckley. Members Nathan Larson and Craig Wedren now both do soundtrack work from time to time.
* YoLaTengo scored ''Film/{{Adventureland}}''.
* Dave Priner of Soul Asylum scored KevinSmith's ''Film/ChasingAmy''.
* Music/{{ACDC}} made the soundtrack of Creator/StephenKing's ''Film/MaximumOverdrive''.
* Music/{{REM}} wrote the underscore for ''Film/ManOnTheMoon'', which was titled after their hit song about the movie's subject, Creator/AndyKaufman. That song becomes an instrumental {{Leitmotif}} in the score, and they also contributed a new song in "The Great Beyond".
* Music/TheSmashingPumpkins' Billy Corgan has also written film scores, most recently for trashy auteur features like Jonas Akerlund's ''Spun'', and Creator/AsiaArgento's adaptation of ''Film/TheHeartIsDeceitfulAboveAllThings'', though his first entrances into the genre involved more mainstream fare like ''Film/{{Ransom}}'' and ''Film/{{Stigmata}}''.
* Anne Dudley, composer of the scores for (among many others) ''Film/AmericanHistoryX, Film/TheFullMonty'' and ''Film/TheCryingGame'' (as well as the TV series ''TheTenthKingdom'') first became famous as a member of experimental electronica group ArtOfNoise, as well as a prolific string arranger for many, many songs. She more or less moved into this full time - what she's done since leaving the band couldn't rationally be described as "pop".
* In 2004, Music/PetShopBoys composed a score for the 1925 silent film ''The Battleship Potemkin'', and performed it live with the Dresdner Sinfoniker in Trafalgar Square.
* Former Music/{{Yes}} guitarist Music/TrevorRabin has moved into writing soundtracks full-time since leaving the band in 1994.
* TangerineDream. ''And how''. Well known in the 1970s for their experimental electronic sounds. 1970s output: 9 studio albums and 1 soundtrack. 1980s output: 6 studio albums and ''13 soundtracks'' - including ''Thief'', ''Film/RiskyBusiness'' and the American cut of ''Film/{{Legend}}'' (the original British cut featured a score by Jerry Goldsmith).
* ''Film/TheProposition'' and ''Film/TheAssassinationOfJesseJamesByTheCowardRobertFord'' both had soundtracks by NickCave and his bandmate Warren Ellis. (Not that WarrenEllis.)
* Prog Metal band Music/{{Mastodon}} composed the score for the 2010 film ''Film/JonahHex''.
* ''Film/{{Batman}}'' had songs by {{Prince}} (although they aren't nearly as prominent in the film as DannyElfman's score). The sequels weren't as beholden to a single pop star; ''Film/BatmanReturns'' had Siouxsie and The Banshees provide one number, and the Joel Schumacher-helmed entries had a jumble of artists provide songs (Nick Cave, Seal, U2, Smashing Pumpkins, etc.).
* Trent Reznor of NineInchNails and his collaborator Atticus Ross did the soundtrack for ''Film/TheSocialNetwork'' and won an Academy Award for their efforts. They worked together again on the score to the 2011 adaptation of ''Film/TheGirlWithTheDragonTattoo'', and also had [[YeahYeahYeahs Karen O]] contribute guest vocals for the CoverVersion of [[Music/LedZeppelin "Immigrant Song"]] featured in the opening credits.
* {{BT}} scored the films ''Film/{{Stealth}}'', ''Film/TheFastAndTheFurious'', ''Film/CatchAndRelease'', ''{{Look}}'' and ''Film/{{Monster}}'', along with the {{Pixar}} shorts ''Tokyo Mater'' and ''Partysaurus Rex''.
* Music/NickCave and Warren Ellis created Beautiful scores for ''Film/TheProposition'',''Film/TheRoad'' and ''Film/TheAssassinationOfJesseJames''
* Music/TheZombies composed the soundtrack for ''Bunny Lake is Missing''.
* Idiosyncratic acoustic guitar wizard Leo Kottke somehow did the soundtrack for a bottom-of-the-barrel Creator/{{Troma}} film, ''Film/FatGuyGoesNutzoid''.
* ''Film/AttackTheBlock'' was scored by Basement Jaxx, known for their house music.
* Music/ToddRundgren did the score for ''Film/DumbAndDumber''. The directors of that film later got Pete Yorn to do the music for ''Film/MeMyselfAndIrene''.
* MarilynManson did the score for the first ''Film/ResidentEvil'' film.
* U2 wrote and recorded several songs for the film ''Film/TheMillionDollarHotel''.
* Randy Edelman began his career as a musician who occasionally did film scores, recording a few albums in the process. Since the 1980's, he's recorded film scores full time.
* David Byrne, former lead singer of Music/TalkingHeads co-wrote the soundtrack for ''Film/TheLastEmperor'' with Ryuichi Sakamoto, who was the composer for ''Anime/RoyalSpaceForceTheWingsOfHonneamise''. Sakamoto was also once the keyboardist for Music/YellowMagicOrchestra, which means the Last Emperor has ''two'' pop star composers.
* The Polyphonic Spree performed the score to ''Thumbsucker''. Before AuthorExistenceFailure set in, ElliottSmith was going to score it instead. The songs Smith did complete for the film (one original song and {{Cover Version}}s of Music/BigStar's "Thirteen" and Cat Stevens' "Trouble") were still included in the final product.
* Jeremy Barnes' first album as Music/AHawkAndAHacksaw provided the soundtrack for the documentary ''Zizek!'' AHAAH has also written an unofficial score that they perform live at showings of ''Film/ShadowsOfForgottenAncestors''.
* Alex Turner of the ArcticMonkeys provided five acoustic songs for the 2010 film {{Submarine}}, each used in memorable montages between the two main characters. One of them was even rerecorded for the Monkeys' fourth album.
* Two former members of Music/LedZeppelin did film scores. Jimmy page did the scores for ''DeathWishII'' and ''DeathWish3'', and John Paul Jones did the score for an obscure film called ''Scream For Help.''
* While he didn't score the whole film, DinosaurJr's J Mascis composed and performed several short instrumental pieces for the independent film ''Gas Food Lodging''.
* Jonathan Davis of Music/{{Korn}} wrote the music and the words for Lestat's songs in ''Film/QueenOfTheDamned'' (the novel had blatantly vampire songs; the film had more ambigous ones). For contractual reasons, he couldn't sing the songs himself, so they were performed by other well-known singers (Wayne Static of Static-X, David Draiman of Music/{{Disturbed}}, Chester Bennington of Music/LinkinPark, Music/MarilynManson, and Jay Gordon of Music/{{Orgy}}).
* Damon Albarn of Music/{{Blur}} and Music/{{Gorillaz}} has co-scored ''Film/{{Ravenous}}'' with Music/MichaelNyman and 101 Reykavik with Einar Örn Benediktsson
* The soundtrack for ''{{Film/Magnolia}}'' was written mostly by AimeeMann.
* Music/ArcadeFire composed the score for ''Film/{{Her}}'' and have earned an AcademyAward nomination for it. They also composed "The Horn of Plenty" (Panem's NationalAnthem) for ''Film/TheHungerGames''.
* Music/NeilDiamond wrote the soundtrack for TheFilmOfTheBook of ''Literature/JonathanLivingstonSeagull''.
* Music/PinkFloyd did the soundtracks for two obscure French films, ''La Vallee'' and ''More''. Interestingly enough, due to the soundtrack albums being regarded as de-facto studio albums by Floyd's fanbase, both films are now basically regarded as "those films Pink Floyd wrote soundtracks for" and not much else.
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[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* The scores for ''Series/{{Heroes}}'' were written by [[Music/PrincesAssociates Wendy and Lisa]], who scored Tim Kring's previous show, ''CrossingJordan'' (and later ''{{Touch}}''). They also did ''NurseJackie'' (winning an Emmy for the series theme).
* Nelson Riddle, responsible for the jazzy ''Music/{{Route 66}}'' theme, moved into television and film scores but rose to fame as a popular band leader and arrangement artist for the likes of Frank Sinatra, JudyGarland, and Nat King Cole.
* Music/TheyMightBeGiants scored the pilot and some early episodes of ''Series/MalcolmInTheMiddle'', as well as the ThemeSong.
* Stewart Copeland of Music/ThePolice was the composer for the pilot of ''Series/BabylonFive''; however, his techno score was not carried over to the series itself, where most of the music was done by Christopher Franke, formerly of TangerineDream.
** Speaking of Stewart, he also did most of ''Series/TheEqualizer''.
** And most of the original music for ''DeadLikeMe''.
* Music/DavidBowie (again) wrote the score for the [=BBC=] miniseries ''The Buddha of Suburbia''. The pieces he composed were reworked into a separate album, also called ''The Buddha of Suburbia'' - only the title track from the album is used completely unaltered in the series. From there, he re-recorded one of the other songs, "Strangers When We Meet", for his solo album ''1. Outside''.
* The short-lived ''CopRock'' had its music composed by Music/RandyNewman.
* Series/LesRevenants music was scored by Mogwai
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[[folder:Theatre]]
* EltonJohn wrote two extra songs for the ScreenToStageAdaptation of ''Disney/TheLionKing'', and went on from there to write songs for Disney's ''Aida'' and the ScreenToStageAdaptation of ''BillyElliot''. Less successful was ''Lestat'', a musical adaptation of ''The Vampire Chronicles''.
* Rupert Holmes, best known for "Escape (The Pina Colada Song)", wrote the songs for ''Theatre/{{Drood}}'', and later helped finish ''Theatre/{{Curtains}}''.
* ''Big River'' had songs by country singer Roger Miller.
* Jim Steinman composed the score for the musical adaptation of ''TanzDerVampire''.
* The French-language opera ''Prima Donna'', composed by RufusWainwright.
* Duncan Sheik, a pop star in TheNineties, is probably better known as a Broadway composer nowadays, having won Tony Awards for ''SpringAwakening''.
* [[{{U2}} Bono & The Edge]] composed the songs for ''Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark''.
* ''The Capeman'' by PaulSimon.
* ''Theatre/{{Chess}}'', by Benny Anderson and Bjorn Ulvaeus of {{ABBA}}.
* ''CaIra'', by Roger Waters. Yes, really.
* David Eugene Edwards of WovenHand was commissioned by the Ultima Vez Dance Company to create soundtracks for their ''Blush'' and ''Puur'' shows. The soundtracks were partly original songs, and partly rearranged versions of prior Woven Hand songs.
* Creator/CirqueDuSoleil's ''Amaluna'', in addition to being scored by the famed duo Bob & Bill (also contributing to ''SplinterCell: Pandora Tomorrow'', ''Kooza'', and ''Totem''), featured Montreal singer-songwriter Jenifer Aubry as lead vocalist.
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[[folder:Videogames]]
* The score for MaxPayne 3 was composed by noise/noise-rock band {{HEALTH}}. The techno soundtrack in Club Moderno consists of various artists from the Trouble and Bass record label.
* Masato Nakamura from the J-pop band Dreams Come True wrote the soundtracks for ''VideoGame/SonicTheHedgehog'' and ''VideoGame/SonicTheHedgehog2''. Unfortunately, he held the rights to his music for the games, which left with him. The only music he didn't write was the drowning music and the chaos emerald jingle, which could and would be used for later titles.
** Music/MichaelJackson was reportedly hired to compose for ''[[VideoGame/Sonic3AndKnuckles Sonic 3]].'' Some members of Sonic Team claim Jackson's involvement was unofficial and happened without Sega's knowledge, if it happened at all; others claim to have possession of a complete soundtrack's worth of demos from Jackson. How much of his work actually made it into the finished game is unknown. (The fact that several of the credited musicians, like Brad Buxer, actually worked for Jackson makes it even harder to guess.) [[UrbanLegendOfZelda Rumors abound, though]], about [[SuspiciouslySimilarSong suspiciously similar songs]], stolen beats, and whole ''messes'' of trouble relating to the situation.
** ''VideoGame/SonicColors'' had Alex Makhlouf of Cash Cash do the main theme. Later on, they and Circuit Freq did remixes for ''VideoGame/SonicGenerations''.
** The final boss theme of Sonic and the Black Knight, "With Me", is performed by Emma Gelotte and Tinna Karlsdotter from All Ends, the lead guitar work is done by Marty Friedman from Megadeth.
* Trent Reznor (from NineInchNails) composed the score for ''VideoGame/{{Quake}}.'' His contributes are noted by the "NIN" logos on the nail packs, which are used as ammo for the nail gun.
** Reznor's drummer buddy, Chris Vrenna also supplied the score for ''AmericanMcgeesAlice''.
* The first three ''SpyroTheDragon'' games had their soundtrack composed by Stewart Copeland of the famous 80s band ThePolice.
* UtadaHikaru, a Japanese-American singer, writes the theme music for the ''KingdomHearts'' series.
* Legendary Thrash Metal band Music/{{Megadeth}} composed the soundtrack for the game ''NeverDead'', and judging from the comments on the Youtube pages [[JustHereForGodzilla the fans are just there for Megadeth]].
* The overarching {{Leitmotif}} in ''VideoGame/TalesOfTheAbyss'' is derived from the theme music, composed by BUMP OF CHICKEN, called "Karma".
* The VideoGame/GodOfWar ''Blood & Metal'' EP by Roadrunner Records was made with this in mind: includes appearances by Trivium, KillswitchEngage, {{Opeth}} and Music/DreamTheater, all writing original material.
* Music/DavidBowie co-wrote and performed the songs of ''OmikronTheNomadSoul'', and appears as two different characters in-game. Several of the songs made it onto his album ''hours...''
* {{BT}} produced the soundtrack of ''[[Franchise/DieHard Die Hard Trilogy 2: Viva Las Vegas]]'' and ''TigerWoods PGA Tour 2005''. One of the songs in ''DHT 2''(the intro and the second Hoover Dam level) was a remix of his own "Mad Skillz (Mic Chekka)".
* ''{{Descent}} II'' had three of its songs produced by Ogre of SkinnyPuppy, and an instrumental remix of "Haunted" by TypeONegative.
* ''Iron Helix'''s soundtrack was produced by Peter Stone of Xorcist.
* IDM / trip-hop artist Amon Tobin composed/produced the soundtrack for ''SplinterCell: Chaos Theory''.
* Techno DJ Sasha produced several exclusive songs for ''VideoGame/{{Wipeout}} 3'', as well as including his single "Xpander".
* ''VideoGame/{{Halo 2}}'' has "Blow Me Away" by Breaking Benjamin, "The Odyssey" by Incubus, and "Connected" by Hoobastank, although the last isn't used in the game.
** MassiveAttack producer Neil Davidge soundtracked ''VideoGame/{{Halo 4}}''.
* The title theme to ''WRC'', "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VQYwUm-P2MM Speed]]", was produced by Rollo & Sister Bliss, the producers of Faithless.
* Sonic Mayhem (aka Sascha Dikiciyan aka Toksin) produced the music to ''VideoGame/QuakeII'', ''VideoGame/TomorrowNeverDies'', and ''VideoGame/HellgateLondon'', as well as half the music to ''Quake III Arena'', the rest of which was done by FrontLineAssembly.
** Speaking of Front Line Assembly, they soundtracked the freeware RTS game ''AirMech''.
* Indie pop musician Owen Pallett (session violinist / string arranger on albums by ArcadeFire and others, and has some solo albums) composed part of the music to ''TrafficDepartment2192'' (specifically, the songs "Menu", "Vulture", "Intro 2", and "Death"), [[http://www.zoilus.com/documents/2005/000631.php about 8 years before]] his earliest recorded music.
* Steve Hillage and Miquette Giraudy, from the bands System 7 and {{Gong}}, composed the music for a few games: the Xbox 360 port of ''VideoGame/{{Centipede}} & {{Millipede}}'' (2007), and the FullMotionVideo game based on ''TheLawnmowerMan'' (1993)[[note]]this one is only by Hillage, according to the credits[[/note]] and its sequel ''Cyberwar'' (1994).
* ''[[VideoGame/{{Myst}} Uru: Ages Beyond Myst]]'' and ''Myst IV: Revelation'' both featured songs by PeterGabriel.
* ''VideoGame/{{Rez}}'' includes original and pre-existing songs by musicians such as Ken Ishii, Jojouka, Adam Freeland, Coldcut, and Oval.
* The soundtracks to ''VideoGame/MirrorsEdge'' and ''Capsized'' were produced by Solar Fields, [[IAmTheBand aka Magnus Birgersson]].
* ''VideoGame/NoMoreHeroes2DesperateStruggle'' has a soundtrack largely made by various J-rock bands such as Neutrino, Missile Chewbacca and HONDALADY.
* ''VideoGame/TestDrive 4'' featured the Younger Younger 28's and Music/{{Orbital}}. The track "Runnin' Out of Time" is actually the same as "Out There Somewhere Part 2" from Orbital's ''In Sides'' album. ''TD 6'' had three exclusive songs by Empirion.
* ''VideoGame/LollipopChainsaw'' had boss music composed by Jimmy Urine of Music/MindlessSelfIndulgence.
* Scivelation, a sci-fi shooter has four songs written by John Moyer from Music/{{Disturbed}}
* The title theme for ''VideoGame/RiseOfTheRobots'' was done by Music/{{Queen}}'s Brian May. He had composed a full soundtrack to the game, but his label asked for delays, which prompted the developers to make their own soundtrack to get the game out on time. May also did the theme for its sequel.
* The highly offbeat SegaDreamcast game ''L.O.L.: Lack of Love'' was the product of an unusual collaboration between Ryuichi Sakamoto and obscure developer Love-de-Lic.
** Sakamoto also composed the soundtrack of the RPG ''Tengai Makyou: Ziria'' for [[TurboGrafx16 PC Engine CD]] who was the very first multimedia game for consoles.
* Azam Ali of VAS and Niyaz performed vocals on and composed the soundtrack to ''SyphonFilter: Logan's Shadow'', as well as contributing to ''ThorTheDarkWorld'' and the track "Pakistan Run" from ''VideoGame/CallOfDutyBlackOps2''.
* The Australian electronica duo Music/PowerGlove soundtracked ''VideoGame/FarCry3BloodDragon''.
* PoetsOfTheFall, a Finnish rock band, produced ''MaxPayne 2'''s ending theme, "Late Goodbye". Markus "Captain" Kaarlonen from this group also did the soundtrack to ''{{Rochard}}''.
** They also are, essentially, the band from ''AlanWake'' known as "The Old Gods of Asgard", and play all of the original songs that the band play in-game.
* ''GhostRecon: Future Soldier'''s soundtrack is by the techno-orchestral group Hybrid.
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* ''CloneHigh'' features music by singer-songwriter Tommy Walter, performed by his alternative rock band Abandoned Pools, including several songs that would later appear on the band's first album.
* Several Creator/CartoonNetwork series, including ''Ben10'', ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans'', and ''HiHiPuffyAmiYumi'' featured music by Andy Sturmer, former frontman of early-90s power-pop band Jellyfish. Notably, the latter featured an actual cover of Jellyfish's "Joining A Fan Club". Sturmer's an unusual example though - nowadays he's almost as well known as one of PuffyAmiYumi's songwriter/producers as he is for his former band.
* ''TheRaccoons'' had several songs by Lisa Lougheed (the voice of the character Lisa), which also appeared on her ''Evergreen Nights'' album.
* The second season recording of the ''RockosModernLife'' theme was performed by Kate Pierson and Fred Schneider of The B-52s.
* The aforementioned Stewart Copeland of Music/ThePolice also wrote the theme to ''WesternAnimation/TheLifeAndTimesOfJuniperLee''.
* The instrumental theme of the first season of ''WesternAnimation/TheBatman'' was written and performed by Music/{{U2}} guitarist The Edge.
* CountryMusic singer Billy Dean wrote (along with Verlon Thompson) and sang the theme to ''WesternAnimation/WildWestCowboysOfMooMesa''.
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