The hype for the newest addition to the DC Extended Universe is so strong right now, it seems like the whole world has Suicide Squad fever. Potential audiences have been bombarded for the past year with wild tales from the set; tie-in merchandise sales; and lots of "will it or won't it work" discussion. Suicide Squad comes out on Aug. 5 and that question will finally be answered. But the movie feels almost secondary at this point to the stylistic influence Suicide Squad has already had on pop culture, before it's even made its actual debut. You've probably already collected your Joker trench and Harley baseball tee. But to complete that bad-guys-turned-heroes aesthetic, you'll want to add the movie's tracklist to your music collection, but where can you get the Suicide Squad soundtrack, and when?
There are actually two albums coming out that will carry the movie's name. Firstly, there's Suicide Squad: The Album. This mix features songs from and inspired by the movie and will be released on Aug. 5, the same day Suicide Squad gets to theaters. You can pre-order it right now on iTunes for $11.99 and wake up to your automatic download on Suicide Squad day. A few of the tracks are available for immediate individual download ($1.29 each), including "Purple Lamborghini" by Skrillex and Rick Ross; "Sucker For Pain" by Lil' Wayne, Wiz Khalifa and Imagine Dragons; and "Heathens" by Twenty-One Pilots. The rest of the songs are album only.
Suicide Squad: The Album is also up for pre-order on Amazon for a little less scratch ($9.49). The mix carries an Explicit Content warning, because this is a superhero movie for grown-ups. In addition to those three lead tracks, you'll hear contributions by artists like Grimes, Panic! At The Disco, and Kehlani. There's even '00s Eminem throwback "Without Me" to really set the mood. Sadly, Suicide Squad star Will Smith didn't use this opportunity to add another soundtrack single to his great "Men In Black" / "Wild Wild West" legacy. The reason why he didn't is, well, unclear.
The second Suicide Squad album that will be available soon consists of the original compositions by Steven Price that appear in the film. Suicide Squad: The Original Motion Picture Score is out on Aug. 8. For $9.99 on iTunes, you'll get 30 tracks of original music, plus a digital booklet. If you want to try before you buy, a track called "Task Force X" is up for a $1.29 individual download. By the way, the Suicide Squad composer is also responsible for the scores of other irreverent, action-packed movies like The World's End and Attack The Block.
If you're strictly a streamer, Spotify already has a partially complete version of The Album. Depending on rights, some of the soundtrack might not be made available to stream even after the release date. But it's a free service, so what more do you want?
With two full albums of material coming soon, Suicide Squad fans will be able to stay in that crazy world even after the credits roll.
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