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Home: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
File:Home soundtrack cover.png
Soundtrack album by Rihanna and various artists
Released March 23, 2015 (2015-03-23)
Recorded 2014–15
Length 32:41
Rihanna chronology
Singles from Home: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
  1. "Towards the Sun"
    Released: February 24, 2015
  2. "Feel the Light"
    Released: February 25, 2015

Home: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack is the soundtrack album by Barbadian singer Rihanna and various artists for Home, a 2015 animation film based on the 2007 children book The True Meaning of Smekday by Adam Rex. It was released on March 23, 2015 through Westbury Road and Roc Nation, making it her first release through both the labels. Following the announcement that Rihanna would star in the film, it was revealed she would release a concept album based on the animated film. As the executive producer of the soundtrack, Rihanna called on various artists to feature on the album including Clarence Coffee Jr., Kiesza, Charli XCX, Jacob Plant and Jennifer Lopez.


In June 2012, it was revealed that Rihanna would star as the lead role in the film Happy Smekday!, alongside American actor Jim Parsons. In September 2012, 20th Century Fox and DreamWorks Animation announced that the movie will be released for November 26, 2014.[1] In June 2013, the film was retitled from Happy Smekday! to Home.[2] In 2014, Variety magazine reported that, in addition to her voice role, Rihanna created a concept album for the film which will be released on March 17, 2015.[3] It was later revealed that the film's soundtrack would also include songs recorded by Charli XCX, Kiesza and Jennifer Lopez.[4] In a statement for MTV News Rihanna said:[5]

"I think music is important to every film. I think it sets the tone, in the moment. It creates the sensitivity, the suspense, no matter what film it is, especially in animation. I've had an incredible time making music for this film. I've worked really closely with Tim Johnson, the director, just to make sure that lyrically, and musically the songs were matching exactly what he needed — what he needed the audience to feel in that moment."

In July 2014 singer song-writer Kiesza announced that Rihanna had record two or three of her songs for the album but was unsure if they would appear on the final project.[6] In September 2014, Rihanna was recording in New York City in which she was working with frequent collaborator Ester Dean.[7]


"Towards the Sun" performed by Rihanna, is a mid-tempo[8] pop[9] ballad[10] with R&B influences[4] that features "pounding" drums, sing-along lyrics, "gigantic" chorus, "layered harmonies", "swirling effects" and uplifting, positive lyrics.[10][11] Madison Vain of Entertainment Weekly opined that the song is "anthemic" and more "whispier" than Rihanna's previous singles.[4] According to Brittany Spanos of Rolling Stone the song is more optimistic and positive than her previous singles and albums which could be heard in the lines, "Turn your face towards the sun. Let the shadows fall behind you."[9]

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As well as producing the album Rihanna performed three of the soundtracks songs.

Another song performed by Rihanna; "Dancing in the Dark" is a dance-pop song with a length of three minutes and forty-three seconds.[9] The track is an up-tempo "poppy-number"[12] that features "enough backdrop of saccharine synths and snap beats".[13] Rolling Stone's Jon Blistein linked "Dancing in the Dark"'s chorus to the one of Whitney Houston's 1987 single "I Wanna Dance with Somebody (Who Loves Me)".[9] He also wrote that the song has a "wubby bass groove" that could feature American actress Courtney Cox dancing to it in its potential music video, a reference to her appearance in the video for Bruce Springsteen's 1984 single with the same name.[9]

Jennfer Lopez's song, "Feel the Light" is an "uplifting" and "tender" ballad with a length of four minutes and fifty-two seconds. During the last of it, Lopez sings the lines, "Feel the light shining in the dark of night / Remember what we forgot / I know it's a longshot / But we're bringing it all back".[14]


"Towards the Sun" was written by Tiago Carvalho, Gary Go, and Rihanna. Scott Mills premiered the song on BBC Radio 1 on February 24, 2015[15] and it was made available for digital download the same day via the iTunes Store.[16] The song was supposed to impact U.S. Top 40/Mainstream radio on March 17, 2015, however, its release was cancelled at the last minute.[17] Upon release it received generally positive reviews from music critics who praised its lyrics, production, chorus and Rihanna's vocals.[10] Commercially the song was a moderate success on charts peaking at seventy six on the UK Singles Chart and twenty two on the French singles chart.

Following "Towards the Sun", "Feel the Light" was digitally released as the second single from the soundtrack on February 25 via the iTunes Store.[18] On February 24, a lyric video of "Feel the Light" was posted on YouTube via the DreamWorks Animation official channel. The video features Lopez in a studio while recording the song while the footage being intercut with scenes from Home.[19] MTV UK's Michael Pell noted, "is a heart-felt ballad with the video taking us through a magical journey of friendship between the wee girl and her alien pal."[20] On March 3, 2015, Lopez teased the song's official music video, posting images from the shoot on her Instagram account. The images showed Lopez wearing a white suit, standing in front of a green screen and sporting a braid.[21] Erin Strecker of Billboard wrote "Naturally, the shoot appears to be quite intergalactic".[22]

Track listing

No. TitleWriter(s)Producer(s) Length
1. "Towards the Sun" (performed by Rihanna)
Rihanna 4:33
2. "Run to Me" (performed by Clarence Coffee Jr.)
Stereotypes 4:14
3. "Cannonball" (performed by Kiesza)
4. "As Real as You and Me" (performed by Rihanna)
5. "Red Balloon" (performed by Charli XCX)Stargate 3:26
6. "Dancing in the Dark" (performed by Rihanna)
  • Stargate
  • Harrell[b]
7. "Drop That" (performed by Jacob Plant)
  • Plant
  • Fenty
Plant 4:17
8. "Feel the Light" (performed by Jennifer Lopez)
  • Fenty
  • Haynie
  • Stargate
  • Haynie[a]
Total length:


Executive producer

Executive music producers

Executive in charge of music for DreamWorks Animation

  • Sunny Park

All songs mastered by Chris Gehringer at Sterling Sound, NYC


Chart (2015) Peak
Australian Albums (ARIA)[23] 72
UK Soundtrack Albums (OCC)[24] 4

Release history

Country Date Format Label Ref.
Canada March 23, 2015 Digital download
Germany [26]
Italy [27]
Spain [28]
United Kingdom
  • CD
  • Digital download
United States [31][32]
Australia March 24, 2015 Digital download [33]
Austria [34]
New Zealand [35]
Switzerland [36]
Germany March 27, 2015 CD [37]

See also


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