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‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ Sequel Spurs 388% Sales Gain for Soundtrack’s Songs

Plus: The album's tracks rocket 231 percent in on-demand streams.

Multiple tracks from the Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 soundtrack rocket up Billboard charts, with cumulative sales and on-demand U.S. streams for songs from the 14-track album up 388 and 231 percent, respectively, in the week ending May 11 according to Nielsen Music, following the film’s May 5 premiere.

The soundtrack also crowns Top Rock Albums (dated May 27) with a 120 percent increase to 87,000 equivalent album units (nearly all from traditional album sales), according to Nielsen Music. (The first film’s soundtrack spent nine weeks atop the chart in 2014-15 and surges 11-3, up 178 percent to 26,000 units).

The songs on Vol. 2 sold a combined 59,000 downloads sold in the tracking week, up from 12,000, and earned 22.3 million on-demand U.S. streams, up from 6.8 million. They’re led in sales and streams by Fleetwood Mac’s 1977 classic “The Chain,” which sold 12,000 downloads and attained 2.8 million streams (up 179 percent).


However, in terms of largest percentage gain among all songs, that distinction belongs to Silver’s one hit wonder “Wham Bam (Shang-a-Lang),” which peaked at No. 16 on the Billboard Hot 100 in October 1976. The song jumps to 2,000 downloads and 1.4 million on-demand streams from negligible amounts in both metrics, accounting for 953 percent and 413 percent leaps, respectively.

“The Chain” additionally leads six songs from the set onto the nearly eight-year-old Hot Rock Songs chart, bowing at No. 7. The chart allows older songs to reach the ranking if there is renewed interest in the track and is at No. 25 or above (much like the Hot 100, for which the minimum is No. 50). Other Guardians Vol. 2 songs that debut on the list: Electric Light Orchestra’s “Mr. Blue Sky” (No. 12), Sweet’s “Fox on the Run” (No. 18), George Harrison’s “My Sweet Lord” (No. 21), Jay & the Americans’ “Come a Little Bit Closer” (No. 22) and Cat Stevens’ “Father and Son” (No. 24). All of the acts — except for Harrison — make their debut Hot Rock Songs appearance with the arrivals.