March 29, 2012

The Hunger Games Soundtrack Tops Billboard 200

The Hunger Games has not just stormed the box office but the music chart as well! Read this article from Billboard.
 
The Hunger Games" soundtrack debuts at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart, having sold 175,000 copies in its first  week according to Nielsen SoundScan.

It's the first theatrical film soundtrack to top the chart since " Michael Jackson's This Is It" bowed at No. 1 on the list dated Nov. 14, 2009. "The Hunger Games" is the first multi-artist film soundtrack to reach No. 1 since one week before Jackson, when "The Twilight Saga: New Moon" rose from No. 2 to No. 1 in its second week on the tally.

All told, "The Hunger Games" is only the 16th soundtrack to debut at No. 1 in the history of the Billboard 200 chart. (Those soundtracks include film, TV and straight-to-video efforts.)    
    
"The Hunger Games" set boasts an array of artists, including Taylor Swift, the Civil Wars, Arcade Fire, Maroon 5 and Miranda Lambert. It's the companion album to the film of the same name, which grossed $152.5 million at the U.S. and Canada box office last weekend (March 23-25).

As for the rest of the Billboard 200's top 10, "The Hunger Games" is the first of five debuts in the region. The next-highest debut is the Shins' "Port of Morrow," which enters at No. 3 with 75,000. (It trails Adele's former No. 1, "21," at     No. 2 with 130,000 -- down 12%). The Shins' last album, "Wincing the Night Away," launched at No. 2 with 118,000 in 2007.