“The Hunger Games” soundtrack gained enough interest last week that it tops this week’s Billboard 200 albums chart, becoming the first theatrical film soundtrack to top the chart since 2009’s “Michael Jackson’s This Is It”.
Outside of Adele and the new soundtrack, Odd Future, Diggy Simmons, and Machine Gun Kelly all make their presence known with their recently released projects.
Making a splash at #5 this week is the Odd Future group project, The OF Tape Vol. 2, opening with 40,000 to start. The project, which follows Tyler The Creator’s Goblin LP, features a song from recently-surfaced Earl Sweatshirt, as well as OFWGKTA members Tyler, Frank Ocean, Domo Genesis, Mike G, Hodgy Beats and Taco. It was released via Odd Future Records (distributed by Sony Red).
Singer Melanie Fiona’s second album, The MF Life, debuts at #7 with 34,000. Her first, The Bridge, debuted at #128 with a 4,000 start in late 2009, but eventually climbed to a #27 peak on March 13, 2010.
Later down the rankings is Whitney: The Greatest Hits, falling from #6 to #9 with 28,000 sold; while Rihanna’s Talk That Talk falls one spot to #14.
Coming in right before Rihanna is Rev. Run’s young son, Diggy Simmons. The newcomer bows at #13 with his debut LP, Unexpected Arrival, selling 21,000 copies its first week out. The project Jadakiss and R&B singer Tank.
Closing out the top 20 albums is Drake’s Take Care at #18 with 18,000, and Tyga’s Careless World lands at #20 with 16,000 sold this week.
The last new release to hit the Billboard 200 this week is Machine Gun Kelly’s Half Naked & Almost Famous EP. The project opened at #42, selling just 8,500 copies to start. It features Waka Flocka Flame and labelmate Cassie.
That wraps things up this week. To cop any of these new releases, head over to Amazon.com.
According to Billboard.com, overall album sales in this past chart week (ending March 25) totaled 5.46 million units, down 3% compared to the sum last week (5.64 million) and down 16% compared to the comparable sales week of 2011 (6.48 million). Year to date album sales stand at 71.68 million, up 1% compared to the same total at this point last year (71.20 million).