“A Star is Born” has been bested by the comic book adaptation “Venom” for two weekends at the box office, but Tom Hardy is no match for the movie musical on the Billboard charts. The “Star” soundtrack, which was released on October 5 along with the movie, has topped the Billboard 200 albums chart. And it’s the biggest week for a soundtrack in more than three years.
The album featuring Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper led the way with 231,000 equivalent album units, which are calculated by combining traditional album sales with individual track sales and online streams. Despite the recent success on the charts for soundtracks like “The Greatest Showman” and “Black Panther,” this is the biggest week for a soundtrack since “Fifty Shades of Grey” topped the Billboard 200 in February 2015 with 258,000 album units.
This is Cooper’s first number-one album, but it’s Lady Gaga’s fifth, following “Born This Way” (2011), “ARTPOP” (2013) “Cheek to Cheek” (2014) and “Joanne” (2016). That’s a new record: she now has more number-one albums in the 2010s than any other female artist, and among all artists this decade she trails only Drake (eight) and Justin Bieber (six).
Could this help the film’s Oscar chances? That’s possible, but not guaranteed. After all, “The Greatest Showman” was tallying huge album sales during Oscar season earlier this year, but its centerpiece hit “This is Me” still lost the Oscar for Best Original Song to “Remember Me” from “Coco.”
However, it might help “A Star is Born” at the Grammys. The entire soundtrack won’t be eligible for this cycle since it was released after the September 30 eligibility cutoff, but the song “Shallow” was released as a single in time to be considered. The recording academy already loves Gaga (she has won six times), and they often can’t resist a big hit. So she might end up collecting hardware from two academies in 2019.
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