"Isles of Wonder: Music for the Opening Ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games" has topped the charts in several countries. The double-disc release was made available for download some time shortly after the ceremony took place.
The soundtrack to introductory event of one of the most anticipated sporting events has topped the iTunes album chart in Britain, Belgium, France, and Spain. The album has gone to No. 5. in the United States, and it hit No. 5 on the overall British album charts in less than two days after release.
The soundtrack features British talents such as David Bowie, Pet Shop Boys, Arctic Monkeys and The Chemical Brothers. Music from electronic duo Underworld, who served as the music directors of the ceremony, is also featured on the album.
The opening ceremony of the games is the brainchild of "Slumdog Millionaire" director Danny Boyle. "Our Isles of Wonder salutes and celebrates the exuberant creativity of the British genius in an Opening Ceremony that we hope will be as unpredictable and inventive as the British people," he said about the spectacular program.
The queen of England also made an appearance at the momentous occasion. She made an exception to her own rule of speaking only in formal settings by performing a scene with Daniel Craig who was acting as James Bond. Their bit ended with stunt doubles made to look like they jumped from a helicopter that flew above the Olympic Stadium.
It is said that the appearance of the queen was due to her love for Boyle's Academy Award-winning film, "Slumdog Millionaire". Other members of the royal family are also reportedly fans of the movie.