'New Moon' May Rise To Top Of Billboard 200
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Death Cab For Cutie, the Grammy nominated indie rock band from Bellingham, Wash., has scored the coveted lead single spot on the soundtrack for "New Moon," the intensely anticipated second installment of the "Twilight" vampire series hitting movie theaters Nov. 20.

"Meet Me On the Equinox," a song Death Cab For Cutie composed and recorded specifically for the "New Moon" movie, will be unveiled Sept. 13 on MTV's website during the Video Music Awards broadcast.

The entire soundtrack for "New Moon" is set for release on Oct. 20 on Chop Shop/Atlantic Records. While no other artists are yet confirmed, music industry sources have the sound headed in a more indie-centric direction than the first "Twilight," with Radiohead's Thom Yorke, Bon Iver, Grizzly Bear and Muse all in the running.

Alex Patsavas -- the influential music supervisor whose credits include television shows "The O.C.," "Grey's Anatomy," "Gossip Girls" and "Chuck" as well as the original "Twilight" film -- is the music supervisor for "New Moon." All of the songs in "New Moon" will be exclusive to the film, all either written specifically for the movie or never available anywhere else.

The original "Twilight" soundtrack was released in Nov. 2008, debuted on the Billboard 200 at No.1 and has sold 2.2 million copies, according to Nielsen SoundScan. That set includes tracks from Muse, Paramore, Mute Math, Collective Soul and Linkin Park. The release was huge out of the gate, sales subsided a bit, but then surged back up after it was reissued in a deluxe format timed to the DVD release of the movie in March, 2009. The "Twilight" album logged 20 weeks in the top 10 of the Billboard 200 -- the longest top 10 run for a theatrical film soundtrack since 1998, when both "Titanic" and "City of Angels" also managed 20 weeks.

Death Cab For Cutie's most recent album, 2008's "Narrow Stairs," also reached No.1 on the Billboard 200 and has sold 538,000 copies.

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