There’s already anecdotal evidence showing how Game of Thrones has achieved much of its success on the backs of its large Black audience. But now with the show’s new soundtrack, it cements how Game of Thrones loves Black culture simply for what it can monetarily provide.

According to Billboard, HBO has announced For the Throne, an official soundtrack for the popular fantasy series in partnership with Columbia Records. The soundtrack will be available April 26 and will feature popular Black rap and R&B acts like A$AP Rocky, Jacob Banks, Chloe X Halle, Joey BadA$$, SZA, The Weeknd, Travis Scott, and Ty Dolla $ign.

The aforementioned artists make up over half of the soundtrack’s featured musicians, with the other five being Ellie Goulding, the late Lil Peep, Maren Morris, Mumford & Sons, and The National. This begs the question of who Game of Thrones is catering towards. Even though the show has a majority white cast and is based in a European-based fantasy world, the official soundtrack is clearly geared towards the core of the Game of Thrones audience, Black fans.

With that said, Game of Thrones has a lot to answer for with regard to how Blackness has been showcased on the series. Perhaps the folks behind Game of Thrones realize this and are planning to rectify their oversight, since the spinoff series starring Naomi Watts will include three Black actors in the main cast, including Sheila Atim, Ivanno Jeremiah and Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker‘s Naomi Ackie.

At any rate, Game of Thrones is fine with capitalizing on Black culture even though the show doesn’t represent its most fervent fans.


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