'Guardians of the Galaxy' soundtrack reaches No. 1 on Billboard, tops new 'Now' album

By Daniel S Levine,

When director James Gunn told Marvel that the soundtrack for Guardians of the Galaxy would be made up of all songs he heard while growing up, the studio probably wasn’t that enthusiastic. But when fans saw the finished product earlier this month, they loved the soundtrack so much that they bought it. The soundtrack hit the top of the Billboard 200 album chart this week.

Guardians of the Galaxy: Awesome Mix Vol. 1 sold 109,000 copies this past week, according to Nielsen SoundScan data provided to Billboard. Clearly, with a title like that and success, Disney and Marvel must be thinking about putting a Vol 2 out.

Last week, when Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers earned a No. 1 with Hypnotic Eye, Guardians started at No. 3 with 60,000 copies. Obviously, that chart included days before the movie opened on Aug. 1.

With Guardians hitting the top, 2014 is now just the first year since 2009 that two soundtracks topped the chart. Frozen had topped the chart earlier this year. Guardians is also the first-ever soundtrack made up of 100 percent previously released songs to ever top the Billboard 200.

The No. 2 slot was held by Now 51, which sold 94,000 copies, far ahead of Godsmack’s new release. Their 1000HP started its chart run at No. 3 with 58,000 copies.

Spoon’s They Want My Soul started at No. 4 with 39,000 copies. 5 Seconds of Summer’s first record slid to No. 5 with 36,000 copies. Hypnotic Eye tumbled to No. 6 with 34,000 copies.

The rest of the Top 10 features Eric Clapton’s The Breeze: An Appreciation of JJ Cale (29,000 copies); Frozen (28,000); In The Lonely Hour by Sam Smith (27,000); and The Vamps’ Somebody to You EP (20,000).

Meghan Trainor’s “All About That Bass” became the No. 1 on the Digital Songs chart with 197,000 downloads sold.

image courtesy of Peter West/ACE/INFphoto.com



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