Just call Katniss Everdeen the Queen of All Media.
Not only has “The Hunger Games” dominated the book and movie world, but the film’s soundtrack debuts at No. 1 on this week’s Billboard 200 albums chart, selling 175,000 copies its first week in stores, according to Nielsen SoundScan. Hmm, how long ’til Julie Taymor goes to work on a “Hunger Games” Broadway musical?
Contrary to popular belief, “The Hunger Games” soundtrack is not 75 minutes of teenagers getting ritualistically massacred, but rather includes songs by Arcade Fire, Taylor Swift and more. Few if any of the songs actually appear in the film, but who cares! Welcome to modern soundtrack tie-ins.
Speaking of slaughtering teenagers, One Direction’s “Up All Night” takes a hit and falls from No. 1 to No. 4, one spot below the Shins, who debut at No. 3 with their latest. Adele’s “21″ holds steady at No. 2.
Odd Future, Melanie Fiona and Esperanza Spalding also make Top 10 debuts.
Billboard’s Top 10 albums (sales in parentheses, figures according to Nielsen SoundScan)
1. Soundtrack, The Hunger Games (175,000)
2. Adele, 21 (130,000)
3. The Shins, Port of Morrow (75,000)
4. One Direction, Up All Night (55,000)
5. Odd Future, The OF Tape Vol. 2 (40,000)
6. Bruce Springsteen, Wrecking Ball (37,000)
7. Melanie Fiona, The MF Life (34,000)
8. Various artists, Now! 41 (31,000)
9. Whitney Houston, Whitney! The Greatest Hits (28,000)
10. Esperanza Spalding, Radio Music Society (25,000)