‘Black Panther’ vs. ‘The Greatest Showman’ for the top of the Billboard chart after Oscars boost movie music

Black Panther” has been number-one at the box office for four weeks, and its soundtrack album, featuring music by Kendrick Lamar, is showing just as much staying power on the Billboard 200 albums chart. The album is back at number-one this week for the third non-consecutive week, which is the most time spent on top for a soundtrack since “Frozen” in 2014. But “Black Panther” isn’t the only soundtrack showing strength. “The Greatest Showman” is right behind at number-two, while “Coco” leaps into the top 40 for the first time following its Oscar win.

The Billboard 200 chart is determined by calculating equivalent album units, which factors in traditional album sales, individual track sales and online streams. “Black Panther” took the top spot with 76,000 units this week, while “The Greatest Showman” got an Oscar boost with 60,000 units — up 14% following the performance of the nominated song “This is Me” at the Oscars telecast on March 4 (the song itself rises 27 spots to number-60 on the Hot 100 singles chart). This is the first time two movie soundtracks have led the chart since “Armageddon” and “City of Angels” were number-one and number-two, respectively, back in July 1998.

“The Greatest Showman” wasn’t the only soundtrack album to get an Oscars boost. “Coco” leaps from number-120 all the way to number-39, which is new peak position for the album, whose song “Remember Me” was performed at the Oscars and won Best Original Song for composers Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez.

That’s not the only gain for Oscars music. Sufjan Stevens‘s “The Mystery of Love” from “Call Me by Your Name” rose 34 spots to number-13 on the Hot Rock Songs chart. Andra Day and Common‘s “Stand Up for Something” from “Marshall” debuts at number-12 on the R&B Digital Song Sales chart, while Mary J. Blige‘s “Mighty River” from “Mudbound” enters that chart at number-20.

Did you start listening to more movie music this week like the rest of America?

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