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Soundtracks Score Blockbuster Week in Top 10 of Billboard 200 Albums Chart

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For the first time in more than 18 years, four soundtracks are in the top 10 at the same time.

Hooray for Hollywood! For the first time in more than 18 years, a whopping four soundtracks are in the top 10 of the Billboard 200 chart at the same time. The film tunes parade is led by the surging soundtrack to Moana, which leaps from No. 6 to No. 2 on the chart dated Jan. 21, with 64,000 equivalent album units earned (up 21 percent) in the tracking week ending Jan. 5, according to Nielsen Music.

The Billboard 200 chart ranks the most popular albums of the week in the U.S. based on multi-metric consumption, which includes traditional album sales, track equivalent albums (TEA) and streaming equivalent albums (SEA). The new Jan. 21-dated chart will be posted in full to Billboard’s websites on Tuesday, Jan. 10.

Moana also rules as the top-selling album of the week, with 44,000 copies sold.

In addition to Moana, there are three more soundtracks in the top 10 of the new Billboard 200: Sing (rising from No. 21 to a new peak of No. 8 with 28,000 units; though its down 9 percent), Suicide Squad (10-9 with 27,000 units; down 36 percent) and Trolls (14-10 with 26,000 units; down 28 percent).


To find the last time we had a top 10 with four soundtracks, one has to scroll all the way back to the Sept. 5, 1998-dated list. That week, Armageddon was at No. 4, followed by Dr. Dolittle (No. 7), How Stella Got Her Groove Back (No. 8) and City of Angels (No. 10).

Back on the new Billboard 200, just outside the top 10, another soundtrack makes a big move: La La Land leaps from No. 52 to No. 15 (23,000 units; up 35 percent). The set could go even higher next week, following its record-breaking night at the Golden Globe Awards (Jan. 8) where the film won seven trophies.