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Chadwick Boseman’s Death Sparks 104% Streaming Gain for ‘Black Panther’ Soundtrack

The film’s 14-song soundtrack generated 3.5 million streams for its songs in the U.S. the day of and the day after its star’s passing.

Streams of the Black Panther soundtrack roared into the millions in the days following the death of the film’s star Chadwick Boseman on Aug. 28.

On Aug. 28 and 29, the songs on the 14-song soundtrack generated 3.5 million U.S. on-demand streams, according to Nielsen Music/MRC Data. That’s a 103.5% gain over the previous two-day period, Aug. 26-27, during which the soundtrack’s songs accumulated 1.7 million streams.

“All the Stars” paces all songs in overall streams. Recorded by Kendrick Lamar and SZA, the song, a No. 7 hit on the Billboard Hot 100 in March 2018, garnered 910,000 streams Aug. 28-29, an 83% boost over Aug. 26-27 (502,000).


“All the Stars” has already reached a Billboard chart following Boseman’s death; it re-enters the LyricFind U.S. chart dated Sept. 5 at No. 16, with a 446% increase in lyric views following Boseman’s death, according to LyricFind. The LyricFind Global and LyricFind U.S. charts rank the fastest momentum-gaining tracks in lyric-search queries and usages globally and in the U.S., respectively, provided by LyricFind. The Global chart includes queries from all countries, including the U.S. The company is the world’s leader in licensed lyrics, with data provided by more than 5,000 publishers and utilized by more than 100 services, including Amazon, Pandora, Deezer, Microsoft, SoundHound and iHeartRadio. The latest tracking week ended Aug. 30.

Following “All the Stars,” The Weeknd and Lamar’s “Pray for Me” is the second-biggest song from Black Panther in overall streaming volume, with 486,000 streams Aug. 28-29, up from 263,000 Aug. 26-27, up 84%.

Meanwhile, digital song sales for Black Panther songs ballooned to 1,000 downloads Aug. 28-29, a gain of 708% from a negligible sum Aug. 26-27.

Gains for the songs as well as the soundtrack as a whole could push Black Panther onto the Billboard charts dated Sept. 12. The album last appeared on the Billboard 200 in June 2019 and has spent 69 weeks on the list to date, including three frames at No. 1.