-- Soundtrack, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part I (No. 18): The third soundtrack in The Hunger Games film series arrive, selling 21,000 in its first week. The compilation was executive-produced and curated by Lorde, who has three tracks on the set (“Ladder Song” and two versions of “Yellow Flicker Beat”). On the album, Lorde is joined by such artists as CHVRCHES, Charli XCX, Grace Jones, The Chemical Brothers and Miguel. In the film’s first weekend (Nov. 21-23) at the U.S. and Canada box office, it earned $121.9 million according to Box Office Mojo, the largest opening weekend this year.
-- Soundtrack, Interstellar (No. 20): The science fiction/adventure film sees its accompanying score album sail in at No. 20, with 20,000. Composed by Hans Zimmer, the set also starts at No. 4 on the Soundtrack Albums chart (one rung behind The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part I).
-- Various Artists, The Art of McCartney (No. 27): The all-star tribute compilation to the songs of Paul McCartney boasts an impressive lineup of talent. The set -- which includes Billy Joel (covering “Maybe I’m Amazed”), The Cure (“Hello Goodbye”) and Heart (“Band on the Run”) -- bows with 17,000 sold. It also starts at No. 3 on Compilation Albums. McCartney himself last debuted a new album in 2013 with New, which entered and peaked at No. 3.
-- Various Artists, Christmas At Downton Abbey (No. 44): If you’ve longed for holiday songs by Downton Abbey’s Mr. Carson and Cora Crawley, Countess of Grantham, you’re in luck. The new Christmas At Downton Abbey compilation features actors Jim Carter (Carson) and Elizabeth McGovern (Crawley) performing tracks like “‘Twas the Night Before Christmas,” “It Came Upon a Midnight Clear” and “The First Noel.” As none of the album’s songs are featured in the hit TV series, the set is considered a compilation (not a soundtrack), and thus debuts on our Compilation Albums chart at No. 6. It also launches at No. 7 on the Top Holiday Albums list.
-- Kristin Chenoweth, Coming Home (No. 48): The Tony Award and Emmy Award-winning singer/actress debuts with her highest-charting album yet, Coming Home. The live effort, recorded in her home town of Broken Arrow, Okla., sold 9,000 in its first week. The concert was filmed, and will make its PBS debut on Nov. 28, and eventually be released to home video on Feb. 3, 2015.
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-- David Bowie, Nothing Has Changed (No. 57): This new greatest hits album is the rock legend’s 42nd chart entry, and enters with 8,000 sold. The career-spanning set was available in three distinct configurations: a 20-song double vinyl album, and then two larger digital/CD editions: a 39-song set and an expanded 59-song version. For charting purposes, the 39 and 59 song versions chart as one album, while the 20-song vinyl piece tracks separately. It debuts at No. 7 on the Vinyl Albums chart.
-- Soundtrack Annie (No. 116): The soundtrack to the upcoming musical movie Annie premieres at No. 116 with 4,000 sold. The film, which stars Jamie Foxx and Cameron Diaz, opens in U.S. theaters on Dec. 18. This is the fourth visit to the chart for the little orphan Annie, following a 1977 original cast album (No. 81 peak), its first movie soundtrack in 1982 (No. 35), and then a TV movie soundtrack in 1999 (No. 175).