Birds of Prey: The Album
Birds of Prey - The Album.jpg
Soundtrack album by
ReleasedFebruary 7, 2020 (2020-02-07)
Recorded2019
Length42:52
LabelAtlantic
Producer
DC Extended Universe soundtracks chronology
Shazam!
(2019)
Birds of Prey: The Album
(2020)
Singles from Birds of Prey: The Album
  1. "Diamonds"
    Released: January 10, 2020
  2. "Joke's on You"
    Released: January 17, 2020
  3. "Boss Bitch"
    Released: January 24, 2020
  4. "Sway with Me"
    Released: January 31, 2020
  5. "Experiment on Me"
    Released: February 7, 2020

Birds of Prey: The Album is the soundtrack album by various artists for the film Birds of Prey, released by Atlantic Records on February 7, 2020.[1] Atlantic released five singles leading up to the album's release day. The album debuted at number 23 on the US Billboard 200, number nine in Australia, and within the top 40 in Canada, New Zealand, and Switzerland. The separate film score titled Birds of Prey: And the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn (Original Motion Picture Score) composed by Daniel Pemberton was released February 14, 2020, by WaterTower Music.[2]

Background and development

Described as the "candy-colored, R-rated new entry in the DC Extended Universe", Birds of Prey, the film honored a classic superhero movie tradition as seen with the Suicide Squad soundtrack for the 2016 film, Suicide Squad.[3] The director of the film, Cathy Yan, stated that music is a super important concept in film and that it "motivates [her]." She went on the say that, "it kind of helps me create the characters.” Yan and the production team worked closely with Atlantic Records to assemble a “sort of musical girl gang,” she says, and create an all-female soundtrack for this women-powered world.[4]

Kevin Weaner, president of the Atlantic Records West Coast of the soundtrack, went on to say he "was looking for a female, badass sensibility to tie directly back to Harley Quinn and the Birds of Prey characters" and he "wanted to mirror Harley’s journey with a music sensibility that kind of spoke to those same themes and through-lines."[5] The album went on to include 15 exclusively new tracks, all from female artists.[6]

Singles

The album's first single, "Diamonds" by Megan Thee Stallion and Normani, was released January 10, 2020, with a music video inspired by Harley Quinn.[7] The second single, "Joke's On You" by Charlotte Lawrence, was released January 17.[8] The third single, "Boss Bitch" by Doja Cat, was released January 24 with a music video. The fourth single was "Sway with Me" by Saweetie and Galxara, with a music video featuring Ella Jay Basco reprising her role as Cassandra Cain from the film, and was released January 31.[9] The fifth single, "Experiment On Me" by Halsey, was released February 7, 2020, alongside the album's release.[10][11] A solo version of "Sway with Me" by GALXARA was released as a standalone single on May 1, 2020.[12]

Commercial performance

The album debuted at number 23 on the Billboard 200 chart, and was the week's fifth best-selling album.[13][14] "Boss Bitch" by Doja Cat was the only single from the album to chart on the Billboard Hot 100 at number 100.[15] "Diamonds" by Megan Thee Stallion and Normani managed to peak at number 16 on the Bubbling Under Hot 100 but missed the mainstream chart.[16]

Critical reception

Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic3.5/5 stars[17]
Clash7/10[18]

The soundtrack was met with positive reviews. Variety gave the soundtrack positive reviews saying it was "bursting with the energy, freedom and sometimes chaotic sounds reflected in [the film]."[19] They praised the "girl-power" variety of covers and original songs.[20] The use of only female artists was praised by Crimson staff writer, Annie Harrigan, who noted that they "exhibit a broad range of musical genres and styles" and "the only negative to the album is that the songs simply are not long enough."[21] She also stated that the songs "flow perfectly into the next in terms of style, genre, and lyrical content".[22] iHeartRadio writer James Dinh called "Boss Bitch" a "note-worthy contribution" to the album, praising Doja Cat for her "early Nicki Minaj charisma and, in turn, deservingly give the rising star more reason to gain attention" and went on to say, "the Jack Begert-directed clip, the MC throws herself into Harley Quinn's world of madness with fight scenes that sync perfectly with film clips."[23]

Track listing

Track listing for Birds of Prey: The Album
No.TitleWriter(s)Producer(s)Length
1."Boss Bitch" (Doja Cat)
  • Royal
  • Adams
2:14
2."So Thick" (Whipped Cream featuring Baby Goth)
  • Caroline Cecil
  • Brianna Miller
  • Sean Turk
Whipped Cream2:11
3."Diamonds" (Megan Thee Stallion and Normani)
  • MD$
  • Bell
  • Arrow
3:19
4."Sway with Me" (Saweetie and Galxara)
2:48
5."Joke's on You" (Charlotte Lawrence)
  • Pemberton
  • Royal
3:04
6."Smile" (performed by Maisie Peters)Two Inch Punch2:38
7."Lonely Gun" (Cyn)
  • Matias Gabriel Mora
  • Cynthia Nabozny
Mora2:38
8."Experiment on Me" (Halsey)
  • Fish
  • Sykes
3:35
9."Danger" (Jucee Froot)
  • Pemberton
  • Royal
  • Terrica Alexander
  • Pemberton
  • Royal
2:27
10."Bad Memory" (K.Flay)
  • Dahlquist
  • Morrissey
2:55
11."Feeling Good" (Sofi Tukker)
  • Hume
  • Sofi Tukker
3:03
12."Invisible Chains" (Lauren Jauregui)
  • Pramik
  • Ojivolta
3:20
13."It's a Man's Man's Man's World" (Jurnee Smollett-Bell)
  • Royal
  • Andrew Orkin
2:56
14."I'm Gonna Love You Just a Little More Baby" (Summer Walker)Barry WhiteLondon on da Track2:53
15."Hit Me with Your Best Shot" (Adona)Eddie Schwartz2:51
Total length:42:52

Personnel

  • Manny Marroquin – mixing (1, 3–6, 10, 12)
  • Jaycen Joshua – mixing (2)
  • Phil Tan – mixing (7)
  • Serban Ghenea – mixing (8)
  • Ike Schultz – mixing (9, 13)
  • Jon Hume – mixing (11), backing vocals (11), guitar (11), piano (11)
  • Cyrus "NOIS" Taghipour – mixing (14)
  • Derek "MixedByAli" Ali – mixing (14)
  • Jeff Braun – mixing (15)
  • John Hanes – mix engineering (8)
  • Jaime P. Velez – engineering (3), vocal production (3)
  • Michelle Mancini – mastering (1, 3–6, 8–10, 12, 13, 15)
  • Colin Leonard – mastering (2)
  • Dave Kutch – mastering (7)
  • Joe Lambert – mastering (11)
  • Imad Royal – programming (1, 5, 9, 13)
  • Sky Adams – programming (1)
  • Whipped Cream – programming (2)
  • MD$ – programming (3)
  • Louis Bell – programming (3)
  • Mike Arrow – programming (3)
  • Jacob Ubizz – programming (4)
  • Cutfather – programming (4)
  • Daniel Pemberton – programming (5, 9)
  • Two Inch Punch – programming (6)
  • Matias Mora – programming (7)
  • Oliver Sykes – programming (8)
  • Jordan Fish – programming (8)
  • David Dahlquist – programming (10)
  • Patrick Morrissey – programming (10)
  • David Pramik – programming (12)
  • Ojivolta – programming (12)
  • Andrew Orkin – programming (13)
  • London on da Track – programming (14)
  • Matt Bronleewe – programming (15)
  • Dustin Wise – programming (15)
  • Marie Hines – programming (15)
  • Ashley Jacobson – vocal engineering (12)
  • Avena Savage – vocal engineering (12), vocal production (12)
  • Josiah Bell – vocal production (13)
  • Kuk Harrell – vocal production (3)
  • Zachary Acosta – engineering assistant (14)
  • Curtis "Sircut" Bye – engineering assistant (14)
  • Mike Seaberg – mixing assistant (2)
  • DJ Riggins – mixing assistant (2)
  • Jacob Richards – mixing assistant (2)

Charts

Sales chart performance for Bird of Prey: The Album
Chart (2020)Peak
position
Australian Albums (ARIA)[24]9
Austrian Albums (Ö3 Austria)[25]55
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Flanders)[26]113
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Wallonia)[27]113
Canadian Albums (Billboard)[28]26
French Albums (SNEP)[29]149
German Albums (Offizielle Top 100)[30]81
New Zealand Albums (RMNZ)[31]27
Swiss Albums (Schweizer Hitparade)[32]29
US Billboard 200[33]23

Birds of Prey: And the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn (Original Motion Picture Score)

Birds of Prey (and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn): Original Motion Picture Score
Birds of prey.jpg
Film score by
ReleasedFebruary 14, 2020 (2020-02-14)
Recorded2020
GenreFilm score
Length61:52
LabelWaterTower
ProducerDaniel Pemberton
Daniel Pemberton chronology
Motherless Brooklyn
(2019)
Birds of Prey (and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn)
(2020)
Enola Holmes
(TBA)
DC Extended Universe soundtrack chronology
Shazam!
(2019)
Birds of Prey (and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn)
(2020)
Wonder Woman 1984
(2020)

Track listing

No.TitleLength
1."Flying High (Birds of Prey)"1:53
2."The Fantabulous Emancipation Explosion"1:32
3."Harley Quinn (Danger Danger)"3:06
4."Birds of Prey"2:16
5."Harley Gogo Agogo"1:56
6."The Black Mask Club"1:54
7."Stolen Diamond"1:55
8."Bad Ass Broad (Whistle MF)"3:07
9."Lonely in Gotham"0:50
10."Black Canary Echo"1:08
11."The Bertinelli Massacre (The Huntress Story)"2:29
12."Bump It!"2:19
13."Roman Sionis"2:42
14."Lockdown"2:27
15."Bruce and the Beaver"1:26
16."Lotus Flower"1:40
17."Femme Fatale"0:19
18."Breakout!"4:20
19."The Bertinelli Revenge"1:57
20."I Want To Kill You Because I Can"3:13
21."Zsasz Showdown"2:30
22."Work Together"2:05
23."Battle Commence"2:33
24."Flight Together (Birds of Prey)"4:59
25."Founders Pier"1:46
26."Roller Vs Rollers"3:27
27."The Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn"2:03
Total length:61:52

See also

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