Pharrell Williams' passion project has hit playlists. Hidden Figures: Original Score was released on Friday, Jan. 6, showcasing a unique collaboration between Williams, four-time Grammy Award winner Hans Zimmer, and Benjamin Wallfisch. The trio created 26 new songs for the historical drama starring Taraji P. Henson ("Empire") as mathematician Katherine Johnson.
It's common for hitmakers to contribute to soundtrack albums these days; the most recent example was Suicide Squad: The Album, which was certified Platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America on the back of several major acts including Skrillex and Imagine Dragons. But Hidden Figures is different, because it isn't just Williams contributing a song to help sell a record.
It's him working alongside the composer, which is incredibly uncommon, and doing it throughout the entire record. Williams even went so far as to perform a special concert at the Toronto International Film Festival to assist in drawing attention to the movie before its preview screening. He's a significant presence on this album, and it's clear that it means a lot to him with how he's been promoting it, including a recent appearance on NBC's "The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon."
This record follows on the heels of Hidden Figures: The Album, which arrived last month featuring Williams - both as a solo artist and a duet partner - creating some radio-friendly hits also related to the movie. You can watch the music video for lead single "I See A Victory" by using the media player included with this article, and also listen to additional songs "Able", "Crave", "Runnin" and "Surrender" with Lalah Hathaway. Put these two records together and music fans will truly get a sense of how multi-talented Williams is, as well as what an inspiring story he's lent his talents to.
So far the only places to hear this music are on these albums or in the movie, which is in theaters now. Williams hasn't yet updated his tour schedule for 2017, but fans interested in future shows can keep an eye on his website..Hopefully he will incorporate some of this material into future set lists, because it is very much worth hearing.
Below is the complete track listing for Hidden Figures: Original Score::
2. Mission Control
3. I'd Already Be One
4. Space Task Group
5. Slice of Pie
7. With All The Angels
9. Call Your Wives
11. That's Just The Way Things Are
13. Kitchen Kiss
14. Mary and the Judge
15. I Like Her Numbers
16. Ladies' March
17. Mary and Levi
18. Euler's Method
20. Katherine Calculates
22. Lift Off
23. Warning Light
24. Rocket Peril
25. Hidden Figures
Hidden Figures: Original Score is now available on iTunes.
For more on Pharrell Williams, visit his artist page at AXS.