Kendrick Lamar-curated 'Black Panther: The Album' debuts at No. 1 on Billboard 200 chart
The soundtrack's success comes as the film itself shatters Marvel's records for a standalone film, with Black Panther raking in over $235 million over the long weekend.
Not only has Black Panther smashed records to finish atop the box office, but it’s also managed to climb straight to the top of the Billboard charts. The Marvel blockbuster's soundtrack, curated by Kendrick Lamar, has debuted at #1 on the Billboard 200 album charts.
Black Panther: The Album – featuring new tracks by Lamar, Jay Rock, the Weeknd, Future, Vince Staples and more – sold 154,000 total albums in its first week of release, which preceded the superhero film's opening by a week. 52,000 of that total were from traditional album sales, but the majority came from streams — equivalent to about 93,000 albums.
Agreed, it’s not rare for soundtrack albums to sometimes top the Billboard charts. But what’s noteworthy is the fact that Black Panther: The Album has only three out of a total 14 songs that actually appear in the film, which makes it more of a companion album ‘inspired by’ the movie. A fairly rarer occurrence, companion albums don’t generally find themselves at the top of the charts. 1997's Men in Black: The Album and 2012's The Hunger Games: Songs From District 12 and Beyond are two examples that share the honor with the star-studded, power-packed OST, as Billboard points out.
The soundtrack's success comes as the film itself shatters Marvel's records for a standalone non-Avengers superhero film, with Black Panther raking in over $235 million over the long weekend, a record for a February opening.
Meanwhile, Justin Timberlake's Man of the Woods, last week's #1, fell one spot to #2 and sold 74,000 total copies. Two other OSTs, The Greatest Showman, and Fifty Shades Freed feature at #3 and #5 respectively. Billboard added that this week is only the second time in the past decade that three soundtracks simultaneously finished in the Top Five.
Black Panther: The Album was the lone new release to finish in the Top 5 of the Billboard 200 as five returnees occupied the bottom half of the Top 10: Ed Sheeran's Divide (Number Six), Bruno Mars' 24K Magic (Seven), Post Malone's Stoney (Eight), Kendrick Lamar's Damn. (Nine) and Camila Cabello's Camila (Number 10).
Listen to the full soundtrack below via Spotify:
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