Not only did “A Star Is Born” open to a healthy $42.6 million at the box-office this past weekend. But the fourth version of the musical showbiz staple originally done in 1937 has allowed first-time director and leading man Bradley Cooper to score his first ranking on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.
“Shallow,” the film’s signature song performed by both Cooper and his co-star Lady Gaga, currently sits at No. 28 after being boosted by 8.3 million U.S. streams and 58,000 downloads sold during the week ending on Oct. 4, as confirmed by Nielsen Music. It ranks No. 1 on the Digital Song Sales chart. While Gaga is accustomed to such heights – it is her sixth time that she has topped that chart and is her 21st top-40 hit – Cooper is reveling in a whole new sideline as a vocalist-musician in the guise of his country singer character Jackson Maine.
The ballad was co-written by no less than four contributors: Gaga, “Uptown Funk” wizard Mark Ronson, ex-Dirty Pretty Things vocalist Anthony Rossomando and Mike Snow singer Andrew Wyatt.
This may only be the start of “Star” becoming a music sensation – similar to last year’s “The Greatest Showman” and “La La Land” before it — since there are four other duets between the two actors on the soundtrack as well as five Cooper solos and eight tunes just featuring Gaga.
The soundtrack of the 1976 version of “A Star Is Born” that paired Barbra Streisand with country singer Kris Kristofferson held the No. 1 spot on the Billboard 200 chart for six weeks, with sales of 15 million copies worldwide. Its love theme, “Evergreen,” would got on to win Best Original Song at the Academy Awards and Song of the Year at the Grammys.