Sony’s Venom film halted the chances for A Star Is Born to hit the top spot at the Box Office last week, but as luck would have it, Billboard announced that the latter’s soundtrack earned the number one album spot on the Top 200 charts on Sunday.
According to Billboard, Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper’s heartfelt soundtrack sold 231,000 units since its release on October 5th.
This accomplishment catapults Gaga into the history books, being the first female artist to release five number one albums since Billboard began charting artists. This also gives Bradley Cooper his first number one album on the charts. Cooper did not have a singing career prior to the release.
According to Nielsen Music, “…[the album] was released via Interscope Records on Oct. 5, starts with 231,000 equivalent album units earned in the week ending Oct. 11…[it is] the biggest week for a soundtrack in more than three-and-a-half years. Of Star’s overall starting sum, 162,000 were in album sales.”
Throughout the chart’s history, the Top Billboard 200 has ranked the most popular albums of the week in the U.S. based on multi-metric consumption as measured in equivalent album units. Units are comprised of traditional album sales, track equivalent albums (TEA) and streaming equivalent albums (SEA).
Billboard explains that the album charts will show A Star Is Born’s accomplishment on Oct. 16, the day when the chart renews for the week.
Not only is the album charting on all domestic lists, but its singles are charting just as high. Since the release of Shallow – the album’s top song – the song has been number one for two consecutive weeks on iTunes’ Single charts.
That song joins “Always Remember Us This Way” and “I’ll Never Love Again (Extended Version)” being 2nd and 4th respectively on the Singles chart. The songs have held these positions even with new song releases from popular artists including, Bad Bunny’s “MIA” feat. Drake and Kodak Black’s “ZEZE” feat. Travis Scott and Offset.
The iTunes charts are sprinkled with the movie’s 34 song album set and both the explicit and non-explicit albums are listed at number one on iTunes’ album charts. Gaga’s discography of #1 albums includes Joanne (in 2016), Cheek to Cheek, her collaboration with Tony Bennett (2014), ARTPOP (2013) and Born This Way (2011).
A Star is Born: Movie Review
A Star is Born is a tragic love story about a well-known musician who (Bradley Cooper) discovers Ally, (Gaga’s character) an aspiring singer who works at a diner and sings at a drag club. As he introduces Ally to the public eye (by inviting her on stage to sing with him) they sing a duet that goes viral, skyrocketing Ally’s career.
Ally’s fame and popularity soon overshadow that of Cooper’s character, Jackson Maine. As the film progresses, it shows Maine struggling with Tinnitus in his ears, apparently from not wearing earplugs, and is dealing with a heavy drinking problem that ruins many tender moments throughout the movie.
As fast as the love story is introduced, it is quickly followed by a steep drop where things turn quickly. All of the bubbling issues that the two singers are dealing with boil over to the surface and our hopeful love story concludes with Maine taking his life as to not hold his wife back from her success.
The ending leaves us with a tribute song to Ally’s late husband with a cut to black.
A Star is Born may not have gained the top spot on the silver screen but it could have been number one in the hearts of all the watchers during its opening weekend and now fans can celebrate the album’s number one accolade.