Black Panther opened this past Friday (Feb. 16), and has since topped the weekend box office and broken several records. Its soundtrack is also seeing huge success.
Black Panther: The Album has debuted atop the Billboard 200 albums chart, moving with 154,000 equivalent album units.
This Kendrick Lamar-curated soundtrack hosts numerous tracks from the aforementioned rapper, along with appearances by Top Dawg Entertainment artists Jay Rock, Ab-Soul, School Boy Q and SZA. Other artists such as Anderson .Paak, Vince Staples, Future and The Weeknd also contributed to the hip-hop heavy venture.
The release of Black Panther: The Album was preceded by three singles — “All the Stars”, performed by Lamar and SZA; “King’s Dead”, performed by Lamar, Jay Rock, Future and James Blake; and “Pray For Me,” performed by Lamar and the Weeknd.
Of the song’s 14 tracks, only three are included in the film. However, this still marks the first time in the Marvel Cinematic Universe history that the company integrated multiple songs into a film.