‘The Hunger Games’ Soundtrack Tops Billboard 200, Esperanza Spalding, Melanie Fiona Debut High

The soundtrack to the film ‘The Hunger Games‘ witnesses a similar fate as the film itself. While the film broke box office records this weekend, the soundtrack, featuring an array of artists from The Civil Wars to Taylor Swift, debuts at # 1 this week on the Billboard 200 Albums Chart selling over 175,000 copies. The soundtrack thus becomes the first theatrical film soundtrack since Michael Jackson’s ‘This Is It‘ in 2009 to top the Billboard 200, and only the 16th soundtrack to début at # 1 in the history of the charts. A well deserved # 1 indeed,  I thoroughly enjoyed listening to the soundtrack, especially the songs by The Civil Wars who have pretty much become a force to be reckoned with after their double win at the Grammy’s this year.

Adele remains at # 2 for yet another week with ‘21‘ selling 130,000 copies this week.

R’n’B chanteuse Melanie Fiona notches her first top 10 album with her sophomore effort, ‘The MF Life‘, selling 34,000 copies to début at # 7. It’s the follow-up to her incredibly soulful début album ‘The Bridge‘, which peaked at # 27.

Esperanza Spalding, 2011’s surprise winner for the Best New Artist Grammy, debuts at # 10 with ‘Radio Music Society‘, her first top 10 album. The Jazz crooner previously peaked at # 34 with ‘Chamber Music Society‘ following her surprise Grammy win.

 

The Billboard top 10 albums this week are :

1. The Hunger Games (OST) – Various

2. 21 – Adele

3. Port Of Morrow – Shins

4. Up All Night – One Direction

5. The OF Tape Vol 2 – Odd Future

6. Wrecking Ball – Bruce Springsteen

7. The MF Life – Melanie Fiona

8. Now 41 – Various

9. Whitney : The Greatest Hits – Whitney Houston

10. Radio Music Society – Esperanza Spalding