“Les Miserables” has a little less to be gloomy about.
The soundtrack to the film hits No. 1 on this week’s Billboard albums chart, according to Nielsen SoundScan figures. The album sold 92,000 copies this week, making it the first soundtrack to hit No. 1 since “The Hunger Games” landed at the top of the chart in April 2012.
“Les Miserables” was nearly kept from the top spot by Mumford & Sons’ “Babel,” which jumps up from No. 8 to No. 2 on this week’s chart. The album sold 91,000 copies this week — thanks in large part to a major push from iTunes — creating a photo finish at No. 1.
Taylor Swift, Phillip Phillips and One Direction round out the top five, in a slow sales week that saw no major new releases and an overall 36 percent sales dip from last week’s chart.
The deep freeze will continue on next week’s chart, as this week’s top releases come from Dropkick Murphys and the soundtrack to HBO’s “Girls.” Yikes.
Billboard’s Top 10 albums (sales in parentheses, figures according to Nielsen SoundScan)
1. Various artists, Les Miserables Soundtrack (92,000)
2. Mumford & Sons, Babel (91,000)
3. Taylor Swift, Red (69,000)
4. Phillip Phillips, The World from the Side of the Moon (63,000)
5. One Direction, Take Me Home (61,000)
6. Bruno Mars, Unorthodox Jukebox (55,000)
7. Various artists, Pitch Perfect soundtrack (52,000)
8. The Lumineers, The Lumineers (51,000)
9. Alicia Keys, Girl on Fire (44,000)
10. Pink, The Truth About Love (41,000)