Monday, June 24, 2024

Pop Charts: “Black Panther” Soundtrack Rules, Thunders to Number 1 As Movie Opens Big


“Black Panther” isn’t just a hit in movie theaters.

The soundtrack album featuring “Pray for Me,” the monster hit from Kendrick Lamar and The Weeknd, is number 1 today. The album sold 50,000 copies in downloads and CDs but get this– another 100,000 from streaming. The total is 156,000 copies.

The album has five or six more hits on it, too, with Khalid, SZA, and other artists– so look for it to have staying power during the movie’s lifetime in theaters.

Kendrick and SZA’s “All the Stars” is already the number 3 streamed song in the country.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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