On April 3, Capitol Records will release the Promising Young Woman soundtrack (pre-order at Amazon). Promising Young Woman was written and directed by Emerald Fennell, who also produced the film alongside Luckychap and FilmNation. Promising Young Woman, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in January, will be in theatres on April 17.
“I spent my childhood growing up on incredible soundtracks – Romeo + Juliet, Clueless, Can’t Hardly Wait and Empire Records saw me through every crush, heartbreak and schoolyard humiliation,” said Emerald Fennell, who also served as Executive Soundtrack Producer.
“I never dreamed one day I’d be holding the soundtrack to my own film. Getting to work with Capitol on this record has truly been the most exciting process of all time and collaborating with so many unbelievably talented female artists has been magical. I’m so, so grateful to everyone involved.”
The Promising Young Woman soundtrack includes 15 songs by female artists plus a piece of score – Anthony Willis’ reimagining of the Britney Spears hit “Toxic.” “Drinks,” one of two songs written for the film by Cyn, was released today. Directed by Taylor Fauntleroy (The Naked and Famous, John Legend), the official video for “Drinks” follows Cyn through the course of a night out and takes inspiration from the film’s visual aesthetic.
“‘Drinks’ is a song is about empowerment through friendship and understanding the fundamentals of lowering the bar tab. If Alexa knows the bartender then all the drinks are free,” explains Cyn, who also contributed the original track “UH OH” to the soundtrack. “‘Drinks’ and the movie complement one another thematically. For example, both pieces reveal moments of friendship, allegiance, hardship, strength, and of course, pose scenarios where drinks are acquired.
“Upon watching the movie, Promising Young Woman, I felt more inspired to finish my song, ‘Drinks.’ The chorus was written before I saw the movie, and the verses were written in consideration of the movie – knowing that may make a listening experience a little more interesting.”
DeathbyRomy and FLETCHER also wrote and recorded original songs for the film. In addition, the Promising Young Woman soundtrack features previously-unreleased tracks from Muna and Blessus and an inspired choice of decades-spanning covers – Carmen DeLeon’s interpretation of “He Hit Me (And It Felt Like A Kiss”), a song penned by Gerry Goffin and Carole King for The Crystals in 1962, DeathbyRomy’s take on “It’s Raining Men,” originally recorded by The Weather Girls in 1982, and Donna Missal’s version of Cigarettes After Sex’s 2012 breakthrough single, “Nothing’s Gonna Hurt You Baby.”
Charli XCX’s “Boys,” Paris Hilton’s “Stars Are Blind,” Sky Ferreira’s “Downhill Lullaby” and Juice Newton’s “Angel of the Morning” are among the previously-released tracks that Fennell employs to subvert the audience’s expectations over the course of the film. Other featured artists include Maya B and Lily & Madeleine.
Promising Young Woman Soundtrack Tracklisting
BOYS (DROELOE REMIX) – Charli XCX
LAST LAUGH – FLETCHER
UH OH – Cyn
SELENAS – Maya B
HE HIT ME (AND IT FELT LIKE A KISS) – Carmen DeLeon
NOTHING’S GONNA HURT YOU BABY – Donna Missal
NIHILIST – Muna
IT’S RAINING MEN – DeathbyRomy
CAN’T HELP THE WAY I FEEL – Lily & Madeleine
STARS ARE BLIND – Paris Hilton
COME AND PLAY WITH ME – DeathbyRomy
DRINKS – Cyn
UR EYES – Blessus
DOWNHILL LULLABY – Sky Ferreira
ANGEL OF THE MORNING – Juice Newton
TOXIC (score) – Anthony Willis
From visionary director Emerald Fennell (Killing Eve) comes a delicious new take on revenge. Everyone said Cassie (Carey Mulligan) was a promising young woman… until a mysterious event abruptly derailed her future.
But nothing in Cassie’s life is what it appears to be: she’s wickedly smart, tantalizingly cunning, and she’s living a secret double life by night. Now, an unexpected encounter is about to give Cassie a chance to right the wrongs of the past in this thrilling and wildly entertaining story.
Promising Young Woman stars Carey Mulligan, Laverne Cox, and Bo Burnham along with an ensemble cast that includes Alison Brie, Connie Britton, Jennifer Coolidge, Max Greenfield, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Chris Lowell, Sam Richardson, Molly Shannon, and Clancy Brown.
Fennell produced along with Margot Robbie, Tom Ackerley, and Josey McNamara for LuckyChap Entertainment and Ben Browning and Ashley Fox for FilmNation Entertainment.
“I am beyond excited to be working with so many impossibly talented and wonderful people on Promising Young Woman,” said Fennell previously about the film. “Frankly, I feel lucky to be allowed anywhere in the vicinity of so many geniuses, and I can’t wait to bring this twisted tale to life.”
The filmmakers also include production designer Michael Perry (Under the Silver Lake, Killer Elite), costume designer Nancy Steiner (Twin Peaks, The Killing of a Sacred Deer) and director of photography Benjamin Kracun (Beast, The Tunnel).