Bradley Cooper, Willie Nelson's son and a real pop star masquerading as a fake pop star are among the musicians celebrating a chart-topping album this week.
The soundtrack to "A Star Is Born," the remake in which Cooper plays the country-rock singer Jackson Maine and Lady Gaga co-stars as the Gaga-esque Ally, is No. 1 on the Billboard 200, selling a total of 231,000 album equivalent units, including streams, downloads and purchases. The album totaled 162,000 units in traditional sales and 48 million streams, according to Nielsen Music, easily topping the first-week sales for the oddly popular two-person band Twenty One Pilots.
"A Star Is Born" was released by Interscope, doubling as both Lady Gaga's real label and as Ally's label in the film, which grossed about $28 million in its second week for an estimated box-office total so far of $94.2 million. The soundtrack features songs by its leading actors, along with songwriting contributions from Lukas Nelson, Jason Isbell, Mark Ronson, Diane Warren and Andrew Wyatt, from the band Miike Snow. With its rising hit single "Shallow," the release also continues a run of blockbuster albums with movie tie-ins like "The Greatest Showman" and "Black Panther: The Album," another Interscope release (overseen by Kendrick Lamar).
The most-streamed album of the week came in at No. 4: "Drip Harder," by the Atlanta rappers Gunna and Lil Baby, had a total of 165 million plays, according to Nielsen Music, for a total of 130,000 album units. The single "Drip Too Hard" was also the most-streamed song of the week with 41 million plays, topping hits by Juice WRLD ("Lucid Dreams"), 6ix9ine and Nicki Minaj ("FEFE") and Travis Scott ("Sicko Mode"). But the album, a digital-only release, was purchased just 6,000 times as a whole, an increasingly common divide with hip-hop projects.
Albums with heartier download and sales numbers slipped ahead, including Twenty One Pilots' "Trench," which totaled 175,000 units on 53 million streams and 135,000 in sales - good enough for No. 2 - and Lil Wayne's "Tha Carter V," No. 1 last week, which added another 155 million streams and 16,000 in sales for the No. 3 spot. The country singer Eric Church's "Desperate Man" earned 116,000 units, rounding out a Top 5 filled with six-figure sales totals.
Source: The New York Times