Hollywood’s latest Marvel comic books action flick Black Panther is poised to have a super-sized box-office return and its accompanying soundtrack, featuring big singles from Kendrick Lamar and The Weeknd, shoots into 1st place on the Billboard Canadian Albums chart in its first week of release. The s/t racked up 14,000 consumption units in the week and, with 3,600 units sold, took the lead as No. 1 best-seller. and top on-demand stream total, with 14M.
The album was executive produced by Kendrick Lamar and Anthony “Top Dawg” Tiffith, who runs Top Dawg Records, the company that released the soundtrack and which is the home of artists such as Lamar, Schoolboy Q and SZA,. The record is powered by Lamar, who appears on five of the 14 songs.
It is the first soundtrack to reach the top of the chart since the Fifty Shades Darker album entered at No. 1 in February 2017.
The second highest debut of the week also belongs to a soundtrack album, as Fifty Shades Freed enters at 5. The soundtracks for both of the previous movies in the popular series each reached the top of the chart. The Greatest Showman is the third soundtrack album in the top ten this week, falling two positions, to 9.
Two other new releases debut in the top 50, with MGMT’s Little Dark Age entering at 29, and Franz Ferdinand’s Always Ascending landing at 31.
Ed Sheeran’s “Perfect” spends its 18th week at the top of the Digital Songs chart, tying the record for the most weeks at No. 1 with Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee’s “Despacito.”
BlocBoy JB’s first charted song, “Look Alive,” debuts at No. 1 on the Streaming Songs chart with over 4.5 million streams. It knocks Drake’s “God’s Plan” out of the top spot, but it is not all bad news for him as he is featured on “Look Alive” and BlocBoy JB is signed to his OVO Music
– All data courtesy of SoundScan with additional detail and colour commentary provided by Nielsen Music Canada Director Paul Tuch.