'Star Wars' Theme Set For Single Release

The next "Star Wars" theme tune, "Battle of the Heroes" will be issued as a single May 23 in the United Kingdom to coincide with the big screen release of the final episode of the epic science-fiction

The next "Star Wars" theme tune, "Battle of the Heroes" will be issued as a single May 23 in the United Kingdom to coincide with the big screen release of the final episode of the epic science-fiction films.

Composed by five-time Oscar winner John Williams, the song could force its way into the top 10 in music charts around the world -- a rare achievement for a choral and orchestral piece.

"Only 'Star Wars' could do it," said Gennaro Castaldo, a spokesperson for the 200 HMV retail stores across Britain and Ireland. "I'm not sure it will get to No. 1, but it should have a strong showing in the top 10."

Interest in the film, the heavy merchandising cache of "Star Wars" and some charts counting Internet downloads for the first time will all boost sales, he said.

The song depicts the fateful struggle between Jedi knight Anakin Skywalker and his mentor Obi-Wan Kenobi. Williams conducts and the London Symphony Orchestra performs, the same combination on the original score 28 years ago.

It was unclear at deadline if the track would be released commercially in North America, where the soundtrack will arrive on May 3.

"Star Wars: Episode III Revenge of the Sith" stars Ewan McGregor, Natalie Portman and Samuel L. Jackson. It is due May 19 in theaters worldwide.


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