Music & Culture

The Black Panther Soundtrack is Dominating the Charts

Photo: Interscope/Aftermath Records/Top Dawg Entertainment

Marvel Studios’ Black Panther movie broke all box office expectations for both its first and second weekend in theaters. Its soundtrack counterpart is no different. The Black Panther soundtrack, released under Interscope and Aftermath Records and produced by Kendrick Lamar and Top Dawg Entertainment founder, Anthony Tiffith, is on its way to its second week at number one on the Billboard 200 chart. Billboard predicts the soundtrack will reach around 130,000 units (pure sales + streaming) at the end of this tracking week, which concludes on Feb. 22nd. In its first week, the soundtrack debuted at number one with 154,000 units.

Along with its number one debut, the soundtrack saw eight of its tracks chart in the Hot 100 this week. The soundtrack has 14 tracks total, meaning that, in an impressive feat, over half the album charted on the Hot 100 this week. “All The Stars” by Kendrick Lamar featuring SZA led the list, moving up from number 31 to number 9. “All The Stars” is the soundtrack’s second top ten, “Pray for Me” by The Weeknd and Kendrick Lamar being the first (it falls from its peak of number 7 to number 11 this week). The other six tracks on the chart included “Kings Dead,” by Jay Rock, Kendrick Lamar, Future and James Blake at number 38, “X,” by Schoolboy Q, 2 Chainz and Saudi at number 49, “The Ways” by Khalid and Swae Lee at number 63, “Paramedic!,” by SOB X RBE at number 67, “Big Shot,” by Kendrick Lamar and Travis Scott at number 71, and at number 91, “Black Panther,” by Kendrick Lamar.

Black Panther earned the second-largest four-day opening in history at the U.S. and Canada box office, with $242 million. The only film that has bested it was Star Wars: The Force Awakens, with $282 million. In its second week, Black Panther earned an additional $111.8 million, meaning that after only 10 days, Black Panther has outgrossed almost all other Marvel films (excluding two of The Avengers movies). Black Panther’s reign at the box office is directly correlated with the soundtrack also dominating the Billboard Hot 100 and Billboard 200 charts. Since the film is currently showing no signs of slowing down, we might see the soundtrack at number one for a third week if its reign continues.

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Sarah DeNunzio

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