In Record-Tying Week, Soundtracks Are Three of Top Five on Billboard 200 Albums Chart

Courtesy of Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures
Black Panther, 2018

For only the 10th time since 1963, and just the second time in the last 10 years, a record-tying three soundtracks rank among the top five on the Billboard 200 albums chart.

On the list dated Feb. 24, Black Panther: The Album debuts at No. 1, former chart-topper The Greatest Showman holds at No. 3 and the Fifty Shades Freed soundtrack bows at No. 5.

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 Feb. 24-dated chart (where Black Panther: The Album starts at No. 1) will be posted in full on Billboard's websites on Wednesday (Feb. 21) — one day later than usual, due to the Presidents’ Day holiday in the U.S. on Feb. 19.

Since the Billboard 200 chart dated Aug. 17, 1963 — when Billboard combined its previously separate mono and stereo album charts into one overall albums chart — just 10 weeks have seen a record three soundtracks in the top five.

Here’s a look at the 10 times since 1963 where three soundtracks were among the top five on the Billboard 200 chart:

Feb. 24, 2018
No. 1 – Black Panther: The Album
No. 3 – The Greatest Showman
No. 5 – Fifty Shades Freed

May 30, 2015
No. 1 – Pitch Perfect 2
No. 3 – Fifty Shades of Grey
No. 5 – Furious 7

Sept. 8, 2007
No. 1 – High School Musical 2
No. 3 – Hannah Montana 2/Meet Miley Cyrus
No. 4 – Hairspray

Sept. 1, 2007
No. 1 – High School Musical 2
No. 2 – Hannah Montana 2/Meet Miley Cyrus
No. 5 – Hairspray

Aug. 15, 1998
No. 2 – Armageddon — The Album
No. 3 – City of Angels
No. 5 – Dr. Dolittle: The Album

July 11, 1998
No. 1 – City of Angels
No. 4 – Armageddon — The Album
No. 5 – Hope Floats

July 4, 1998
No. 1 – City of Angels
No. 4 – Hope Floats
No. 5 – Godzilla — The Album

June 27, 1998
No. 2 – City of Angels
No. 4 – Godzilla — The Album
No. 5 – Hope Floats

June 20, 1998
No. 3 – City of Angels
No. 4 – Godzilla — The Album
No. 5 – Hope Floats

March 13, 1965
No. 1 – Mary Poppins
No. 2 – Goldfinger
No. 5 – My Fair Lady