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‘Black Panther’ Soundtrack Is On Track To Top Billboard 200

 

Black Panther: The Album is heading for a No.[tooltip id=”4500c2f113202943ff1ae30d00c9d4ac”] [/tooltip]1 debut on next week’s Billboard 200 albums chart, according to industry forecasters. Those in the know suggest the soundtrack, which was released on Feb.[tooltip id=”4500c2f113202943ff1ae30d00c9d4ac”] [/tooltip]9 via Top Dawg/Aftermath/Interscope Records, could launch with over 100,000 equivalent album units earned in the week ending Feb.[tooltip id=”4500c2f113202943ff1ae30d00c9d4ac”] [/tooltip]15. The album features music from and inspired by the new Marvel Studios film Black Panther, which opens in theaters on Feb.[tooltip id=”4500c2f113202943ff1ae30d00c9d4ac”] [/tooltip]16.

The Billboard 200 chart ranks the most popular albums of the week based on multi-metric consumption, which includes traditional album sales, track equivalent albums (TEA) and streaming equivalent albums (SEA). The top 10 of the new Feb.[tooltip id=”4500c2f113202943ff1ae30d00c9d4ac”] [/tooltip]24,[tooltip id=”4500c2f113202943ff1ae30d00c9d4ac”] [/tooltip]2018-dated Billboard 200 chart (where Black Panther will likely debut at No.[tooltip id=”4500c2f113202943ff1ae30d00c9d4ac”] [/tooltip]1) is scheduled to be revealed on Billboard’s websites on Sunday, Feb.[tooltip id=”4500c2f113202943ff1ae30d00c9d4ac”] [/tooltip]18.

The Black Panther album includes five tracks featuring Kendrick Lamar — who curated and produced the album with Top Dawg Entertainment’s Anthony “Top Dawg” Tiffith — along with tunes by The Weeknd, SZA, Khalid and James Blake, among others.

Lamar (left) and Tiffith photographed on Sept.[tooltip id=”4500c2f113202943ff1ae30d00c9d4ac”] [/tooltip]6,[tooltip id=”4500c2f113202943ff1ae30d00c9d4ac”] [/tooltip]2017 at Milk Studios in Los Angeles. Styling by Dianne Garcia. Lamar wears a Malibu 1992 jacket and pants, Helot Emil hoodie and Chrome Hearts earrings. Tiffith wears a TDE Apparel shirt and hat.

If Black Panther opens at No.[tooltip id=”4500c2f113202943ff1ae30d00c9d4ac”] [/tooltip]1, it will mark the second soundtrack to top the tally in 2018, following The Greatest Showman. Further, a calendar year hasn’t seen two soundtracks lead the list since 2015, when four different soundtracks reached No.[tooltip id=”4500c2f113202943ff1ae30d00c9d4ac”] [/tooltip]1[tooltip id=”4500c2f113202943ff1ae30d00c9d4ac”] [/tooltip](Descendants, Pitch Perfect 2, Furious 7 and Empire: Original Soundtrack From Season 1).

Black Panther isn’t the only soundtrack aiming for a high debut on next week’s Billboard 200. The Fifty Shades Freed set is also on course for a sexy debut, as forecasters suggest it might bow with over 50,000 units. That starting sum should land the album in the top five of the chart.[tooltip id=”4500c2f113202943ff1ae30d00c9d4ac”] [/tooltip](The Fifty Shades Freed film opened in theaters on Feb.[tooltip id=”4500c2f113202943ff1ae30d00c9d4ac”] [/tooltip]9.)

Fifty Shades Freed is the third and final installment of the Fifty Shades film series. The previous movie’s soundtrack, Fifty Shades Darker, debuted at No.[tooltip id=”4500c2f113202943ff1ae30d00c9d4ac”] [/tooltip]1 nearly a year ago (March 4,[tooltip id=”4500c2f113202943ff1ae30d00c9d4ac”] [/tooltip]2017-dated list) with 123,000 units earned. The first album, Fifty Shades of Grey, debuted and peaked at No.[tooltip id=”4500c2f113202943ff1ae30d00c9d4ac”] [/tooltip]2[tooltip id=”4500c2f113202943ff1ae30d00c9d4ac”] [/tooltip](Feb.[tooltip id=”4500c2f113202943ff1ae30d00c9d4ac”] [/tooltip]28,[tooltip id=”4500c2f113202943ff1ae30d00c9d4ac”] [/tooltip]2015) with 258,000 units in its first week.

This story was originally published on Billboard.

 

 

 

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