'Black Panther' vs. 'A Star Is Born': How the Year's Biggest Soundtracks Stack Up

Movie soundtracks went all out in 2018, with top-tier curators and genre-spanning tracklists stacked with great artists. These three proved to be the biggest.

A STAR IS BORN

A Star is Born debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 Oct. 20 chart. It spent three weeks at its position. The soundtrack earned 44.3 million on-demand audio streams in its opening week, according to Nielsen Music. “Shallow,” performed by Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga, was the biggest hit and peaked at No. 5 on the Billboard Hot 100.

BLACK PANTHER

Black Panther debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 Feb. 24 chart. It spent three weeks at its peak position. The soundtrack earned 138.9 million on-demand audio streams in its opening week. “All the Stars,” by Kendrick Lamar and SZA, was the biggest hit and peaked at No. 7 on the Hot 100.

THE GREATEST SHOWMAN

The Greatest Showman debuted at No. 71 on the Billboard 200 Dec. 30, 2017 chart. It then hit No. 1 on Jan. 13 where it stayed for two weeks. The soundtrack earned 124.8 million on-demand audio streams in the week it hit No. 1. “This Is Me,” by Keala Settle & The Greatest Showman Ensemble, was the biggest hit and peaked at No. 58 on the Hot 100.

This article originally appeared in the Dec. 15 issue of Billboard.

Billboard Year in Music 2018

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