sound·​track | \ ˈsau̇n(d)-ˌtrak How to pronounce soundtrack (audio) \
variants: or less commonly sound track

Definition of soundtrack

1 : a track (as on a motion-picture film or television videotape) that carries the sound record
2 : the sound recorded on a soundtrack especially : the music on a soundtrack

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The soundtrack album is Cirque du Soleil’s best selling album of all time and the title song was nominated for a Grammy Award in 1995. Ben Crandell,, "Ticket alert: Cirque du Soleil bringing iconic ‘Alegría’ to Hard Rock Stadium," 10 June 2019 Square Enix has made the soundtrack albums for just about every mainline Final Fantasy game available for streaming. Sam Byford, The Verge, "Final Fantasy soundtracks are now on Apple Music and Spotify," 6 June 2019 The cultural soundtrack of the district is a funk, soul subgenre that is deeply rooted in the Black people of the land and has been under attack for making white residents uncomfortable. Kynala Phillips, Essence, "New Bill Could Make Go-go Music The Official Sound Of D.C.," 5 June 2019 Next month comes a soundtrack album available on limited-edition vinyl. John Jurgensen, WSJ, "‘The Orville’ and Its Vintage Vibe Fill the Void for Some ‘Star Trek’ Fans," 26 Dec. 2018 The band recorded several tracks for the series soundtrack album, but their first single was never commercially released. Emma Dibdin, Country Living, "Meet Hallmark's ‘Time For Me to Come Home for Christmas’ Star Josh Henderson," 9 Dec. 2018 The soundtrack album is out on Interscope right now. Eric Johnson, Recode, "‘Sorry to Bother You’ director Boots Riley suspects social media platforms are hiding politics they don’t like," 8 Oct. 2018 The Academy announced that for the first time, music supervisors will be eligible to receive awards for the best compilation soundtrack album category, an award which is as old as this century but until now never recognized the music supervisor. Jonny Coleman, The Hollywood Reporter, "Critic's Notebook: Unpacking the Politics of the 2019 Grammy Changes," 27 June 2018 Just like the film tracks the rise of an up-and-coming artist, the Beats soundtrack is full of artists who haven't had major radio play or features on streaming platforms yet. Sarah Midkiff,, "Thank Netflix's Beats For Introducing You To These Incredible Songs & Artists," 19 June 2019

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First Known Use of soundtrack

1928, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of soundtrack was in 1928

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: the sounds and especially the music recorded for a movie

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