‘A Star Is Born’ Soundtrack Outpaces Rap Again for Another Week at No. 1
Posted October 29, 2018 2:02 p.m. EDT
Rap duos like Lil Baby and Gunna and Future and Juice WRLD are dominating streaming services. But they have been no match for the hottest musical pair of the moment: Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper.
The soundtrack to the remade “A Star Is Born” — starring Lady Gaga as ascendant pop star Ally and Cooper as country-rocker-in-decline Jackson Maine — tops the Billboard chart for a third consecutive week, earning another 109,000 album equivalent units. That total includes 61,000 in traditional sales (physical and digital) and 43 million track streams, according to Nielsen Music, giving the album another healthy six-digit sum. (The film also held onto the No. 2 spot at the box office, raking in another $14.1 million in its fourth weekend.)
“A Star Is Born” is the first soundtrack to spend its first three weeks at No. 1 since “High School Musical 2” more than a decade ago, Billboard reported. (“Bad Boys II,” from 2003, was the last theatrical release to have the same musical success out of the gate.)
Like last week’s challenger — Atlanta rapper Quavo — the No. 2 spot on the album chart relied almost entirely on digital streams from services like Apple Music and Spotify. Songs from “WRLD on Drugs,” the collaborative mixtape from Future and Juice WRLD, were streamed more than 123 million times, bolstering a total of 98,000 album equivalent units by the industry’s math. (“WRLD on Drugs” was purchased only 8,000 times.)
In a rarity, rock has the next two spots, thanks to bundling deals that included an album with the purchase of a concert ticket: Greta Van Fleet, the Led Zeppelin-biting throwback act, is No. 3 with “Anthem of the Peaceful Army,” its debut album, while veteran hard-rock band Disturbed is No. 4 with “Evolution,” its seventh full-length release. Streams were not a strong point for either album: “Anthem” totaled 8 million and “Evolution” had 6 million.
Lil Wayne’s “The Carter V,” which debuted at No. 1 four weeks ago, fell to No. 5 from No. 3 this week, garnering another 75 million streams toward 65,000 total units.