Pink Floyd’s song “Eclipse” played over the new Dune trailer, resulting in a HUGE increase in sales and streaming. Dark Side of the Dune?
Last week, Warner Bros. finally dropped a trailer for Dune, Denis Villeneuve’s big screen adaptation of Frank Herbert’s classic sci-fi story. There was a lot to talk about from the trailer, but one thing that stood out to people was the moody cover of Pink Floyd’s “Eclipse” on the soundtrack. Apparently, the band has found itself a whole new set of fans, as new reports show a sharp increase in streams of the song from young people since the trailer dropped!
“Eclipse” is the final track from Pink Floyd’s seminal 1973 concept album The Dark Side of the Moon. (The Dark Side of the Dune?) I would have thought most would be at least acquainted with the album, since at 45 million copies sold it’s one of the most successful albums of all time. However, it is decades old, and the Dune trailer has exposed the song to a younger generation, rather than it just being everyone’s dad’s favorite album.
The figures speak for themselves. Spotify reports a streaming increase of 54%, with 86% being first-time listeners, the bulk of them millennials. And according to Alpha Data, which provided details statistics to Rolling Stone, on-demand streams for “Eclipse” were up 50% while digital sales rocketed up by 1,750%!
So the trailer has exposed a lot of new fans to “Eclipse,” but we’re not likely to hear it in the actual movie, which has a score written by famed composer Hans Zimmer. This guy has worked on some huge blockbusters in his time, including Pirates of the Caribbean, Inception and The Dark Knight, and he’s not slowing down anytime soon.
“It’s like, I’ve never been busier,” the composer told Variety. “I’m trying to keep it super-busy because most of my musician friends have had their gigs canceled. So I’m loving that I have a lot of work, because it means I can keep a lot of musicians busy – in Australia, in Europe, in England, in America. I’m sort of working on four continents. Time zones are not my friend right now.”
So far this year he’s worked on Top Gun, Wonder Woman 1984, No Time to Die, and SpongeBob Movie: Sponge On the Run. But it sounds like Dune has a special place in his heart:
“I’m doing all these experiments, and I have no idea if any of them will ever really end up in the movie,” he said of the soundtrack. “But we are so dedicated, trying to do something different, to do solid and honorable work, and do justice to the book.”
Dune boasts a stupid amazing cast, including Timothée Chalamet, Jason Momoa, Oscar Isaac, Josh Brolin, Dave Bautista, Zendaya and more. Speaking at a press conference, Momoa (who plays Atreides family swordmaster Duncan Idaho) compared the movie favorably to other big projects he’s worked on, including Game of Thrones (where he played Khal Drogo) and Aquaman:
How does this compare? Well, I’ve never worked with a director on this scale. Denis is a cinematic genius, and generally all the action stuff that I’ve done has been nowhere, even remotely close to Denis. Just watching some of the moves that I would do, and going behind the camera and seeing Greig’s eye, with Denis, I’ve never seen something so beautiful in a fight scene. Generally the things that I do don’t look that good. So thank you, Denis.
Dune is slated to release on December 18, barring any delays.