Marvel Music/Hollywood Records and Interscope Records are set to release the official Shang-Chi soundtrack alongside the film’s global release on September 3 (buy at Amazon).
The soundtrack, fully titled Shang-Chi and The Legend of The Ten Rings: The Album, is executive produced by pioneering music collective 88rising –the leading music platform for Asian and Asian-American artists across the world — and includes original production from, and inspired by, the movie.
The Shang-Chi soundtrack features Anderson .Paak, Rich Brian, Swae Lee, Jhené Aiko, Mark Tuan, Saweetie, Audrey Nuna, NIKI, Guapdad 4000, Warren Hue, keshi, 21 Savage, Rick Ross, DJ Snake, and many more. For a full track listing, see below.
Working in close collaboration with Shang-Chi director Destin Daniel Cretton, 88rising executive produced the historic music project, showing the next generation of Asian artists from around the world. 88rising used the film’s setting of San Francisco to tell a deeper story about the Asian-American experience — from what life is like at home, to getting into mischief, to falling in love for the first time.
Just like the film itself, the album is anchored by the universal theme of family – exploring the relationships between our past generations, present, and future.
“With this album, I wanted to bring artists together to tell the stories of unconditional love and memories of growing up – the distinct warmth of mom’s hot soup or cut fruit – and how she was always there for you whether you appreciated it or not,” said Sean Miyashiro.
He added: “These are songs dedicated to the first dances our parents shared together when they were young, as we continue to celebrate their love stories and everlasting youth. This album is for their sacrifice, their grit, and their endless endurance to give us the platform to be great. We wanted to make music and write songs celebrating all of that, while marrying the themes of the film of cherishing family, being fearless, and realizing your destiny.”
“The music on this album is the beating heart of our film. As we were editing Shang-Chi, we were constantly inspired by the early recordings coming in from these incredible musicians,” added Destin Daniel Cretton.
“When I first spoke to Sean about the idea for this album, we knew we wanted it to stand alone as a piece of work, but also be wrapped in the themes of our movie… themes of family, legacy, pain and healing. We also just wanted to make a really great album that gives us all another reason to celebrate. I couldn’t be more excited to share this music and these artists with the world.”
Shang-Chi and The Legend of The Ten Rings is directed by filmmaker Destin Daniel Cretton and stars Simu Liu, Tony Leung, Awkwafina, Fala Chen, Meng’er Zhang, Florian Munteanu and Ronny Chieng with Michelle Yeoh.
Always Rising – NIKI, Rich Brian, Warren Hue
Diamond + and Pearls – DPR LIVE, DPR IAN, peace.
In The Dark – Swae Lee, Jhené Aiko
Lazy Susan – 21 Savage, Rich Brian, Masiwei, Warren Hue
Nomad – Zion.T, Gen Hoshino
Fire in the Sky – Anderson .Paak
Lose Control – JJ Lin
Every Summertime – NIKI
Never Gonna Come Down – Mark Tuan, BIBI
Foolish – Rich Brian, Warren Hue, Guapdad 4000
Clocked Out! – Audrey Nuna, NIKI
Act Up – Rich Brian, Earthgang
Baba Says – Various Artists
Run It – DJ Snake, Rick Ross, Rich Brian
Swan Song – Saweetie, NIKI
War With Heaven – keshi
Hot Soup – 88rising, Simu Liu
Warriors – Warren Hue, Seori
Listeners were treated to drops all month leading with two incredible singles in “Lazy Susan” featuring heavyweights 21 Savage, Rich Brian, Masiwei and Warren Hue as well as “Every Summertime” – a befitting title for NIKI’s bouncy, sunshine-injected track.
Soon after the blockbuster single “Run It” was released featuring DJ Snake, Rick Ross and Rich Brian. The song was chosen as the official 2021-2022 ESPN College Football season anthem and will be used throughout the season.
And as fans started to connect the dots of releases and visualizers to the film’s soundtrack, “In The Dark” was released featuring Swae Lee and Jhené Aiko unveiling another layer of the sonic accompaniment to the film.
Twelve out of the eighteen songs from the Shang-Chi soundtrack were used in the film and will also be available on physical products (CDs, vinyl) across stores. The Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings Original Score album by composer Joel P. West (Just Mercy), will be available from Marvel Music/Hollywood Records also on September 3rd.