As the official sponsor of the U.S Olympic Team in Beijing, AT&T brought 16 artists together to record exclusive tracks for the AT&T Team USA Soundtrack in order to inspire and support the athletes. Artists involved in the compilation of exclusive rock, pop, R&B, rap and country music are 3 Doors Down, Army of Me, Colbie Caillat, Clique Girlz, Sheryl Crow, Chris Brown, Flipsyde, Luis Fonsi, Goo Goo Dolls, Josh Kelley, Lady Antebellum, Queen Latifah, Mere, Nelly, Taylor Swift and Kate Voegele.
Gathering together for the soundtrack, some of the artists shared their feeling on making the tracks and how important was the project for them.
"The Olympic Games are to me, the idea of no matter what's going on in the world right now, the world will come together for the Olympic Games. People will rally behind their country man, everybody wants to win, everybody wants to be the best, but it also brings people together" says Josh Kelley.
John Rzeznik from Goo Goo Dolls also says "That's probably the best part of it, when someone comes up to you and says, 'that song reminds me of this time in my life', you sort of help people reinforce a little snapshot of their lives, you become part of the whole picture of what was going on, I can think of a certain song and remember exactly where I was and what I was doing and what it meant to me at that time, and that's a pretty powerful feeling, when someone allows you into their head that much."
Reflecting on why "The Champion in Me" is a good fit for the soundtrack, Brad Arnold from 3 Doors Down says, "I think what made this track a good fit for this program is that it's got energy, it's a song that I think that if an Olympic Athlete were out training and they had their iPod on, it might be a track that they were actually listening to, and when I was writing the lyrics to the song, I tried to keep that in mind as well, and to me it just relates."
Nelly, about his track "Warrior" says "The reason I think that it plays a part in this is because of the intensity, and the Olympics is all about being that warrior, it's all about bringing that mentality to it, that kill or be killed mentality, even though it's friendly games and all that, but it's the biggest event for the world."
Reflecting on what the Olympics stand for, Queen Latifah says, "Something about just the spirit of competition, our best versus your best, and all these countries coming together it's amazing, I think it's one of the few opportunities that all the world gets to come together and compete civilly, be on each other's soil and all these different athletes, where we kind of put whatever is going on in the world aside, for sports. And competition. Healthy, friendly competition. Intense competition nevertheless, you know a friendly game. Friendly competition, and I can't think of anything else when we get an opportunity to do that, as a planet of human beings, so it's kinda fun."
Reflecting on writing "Somethin' Special", Colbie Caillat says, "I was thinking about what everyone does in life, whether it's their job, their favorite thing to do, their hobby, you always want to aspire to be the best that you can be, so the song is to encourage everyone that you can be that, what your dreams were when you were younger, or what you told your parents you wanted to be, or what people say that you should do, I just think that everyone should fight for that because, I've always wanted to be a singer my whole life, it's happening because I went for my dreams, and I just want everyone to be encouraged to do the same thing."
Fans can download full tracks online through iTunes for 99 cents a song, and can also access the iTunes downloads through att.net/TeamUSA. A selection of the full tracks can also be downloaded directly over the air to AT&T handsets for $1.99 a song. The tracks are available for download beginning Aug 8, the opening day of the 2008 Olympic Games, through the Closing Ceremony on Aug 24. Net proceeds from downloads will directly benefit Team USA.
AT&T Team USA Soundtrack track listing :