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Chart Watch Extra: #1 Movies, #1 Soundtracks

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The Twilight Saga: New Moon was #1 at the box-office over the weekend, three weeks after its soundtrack album reached #1 on The Billboard 200. New Moon is the 23rd movie in the past 28 years to top the weekend box-office listings and also spawn a chart-topping soundtrack.

It's hard enough to reach #1 in just one of these arenas. To top both charts is a remarkable achievement (as evidenced by the fact that it happens, on average, less than once a year.)

The movie/soundtrack tie-in goes through hot and cold spells. We're definitely in an upswing. The Twilight Saga: New Moon is the fourth movie in a year to hit #1 at the box-office and generate a #1 soundtrack. It follows Michael Jackson's This Is It, Hannah Montana: The Movie and the first Twilight. This matches the frenetic pace from July 1997 to July 1998 when Men In Black, Titanic, City Of Angels and Armageddon all hit #1 at the box-office and spawned chart-topping soundtracks.

The weekend box-office charts, dating back to January 1982, are housed at http://www.boxofficemojo.com/. (If you haven't been there yet, the site is a feast of useful and fascinating information.) The weekly album charts are of course from Billboard.

I have a Pop Quiz near the end of the column where your assignment is to match 16 movie tag lines to the correct movie. All the movies are on this list. If you get them all right, I predict you'll wind up as the Vice President of Marketing for a major studio.

First, let's fire up the time machine. These are the 23 movies to hit #1 at the box-office and spawn chart-topping soundtracks since 1982, in reverse chronological order. At the end of the list, I explain why a few obvious candidates (The Bodyguard, Forrest Gump) missed out.

The Twilight Saga: New Moon. The second installment in the Twilight franchise spent its opening weekend at #1. The soundtrack hit #1 three weeks ago. Death Cab for Cutie's "Meet Me On The Equinox" is the key single.

Michael Jackson's This Is It. The Michael Jackson concert/tribute movie spent its opening weekend at #1 late last month. The soundtrack debuted at #1 that same week. "This Is It" is the single.

Hannah Montana: The Movie. The Miley Cyrus comedy (spun off from her Disney Channel TV series) spent its opening weekend at #1 in April. The soundtrack topped the chart that same month. The inspirational ballad "The Climb" reached #4 on the Hot 100.

Twilight. The vampire romance, starring Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart, really took a bite out of the box-office in November 2008 when it spent its opening weekend at #1. The soundtrack debuted at #1 that same month. Paramore's "Decode" was a top 40 hit.

Bad Boys II. The action comedy, starring Martin Lawrence and Will Smith, spent its opening weekend at #1 in July 2003. The soundtrack spent its first four weeks at #1 in July and August. "Shake Ya Tailfeather" by Nelly, P. Diddy and Murphy Lee topped the Hot 100 for four weeks.

8 Mile. The Eminem movie spent its opening weekend at #1 in November 2002. The soundtrack logged four weeks at #1 from November to January 2003. The Oscar-winning motivational anthem "Lose Yourself" topped the Hot 100 for 12 weeks.

Armageddon. The Bruce Willis sci-fi action smash spent its opening weekend at #1 in July 1998. The soundtrack spent two weeks at #1 that same month. Aerosmith's power ballad "I Don't Want To Miss A Thing" was the #1 single for four weeks.

City Of Angels. The romance starring Meg Ryan and Nicolas Cage spent its first two weekends at #1 in April 1998. The soundtrack logged three weeks at #1 in May and June. Goo Goo Dolls' moody rock ballad "Iris" was a #1 airplay hit for 18 weeks.

Titanic. The disaster movie/love story starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet spent its first 15 weekends at #1 from December 1997 through March 1998. The soundtrack spent 16 weeks at #1 from January through April. Celine Dion's Oscar-winning, chest-thumping "My Heart Will Go On" was the #1 single for two weeks.

Men In Black. The sci-fi comedy, starring Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones, spent its first three weekends at #1 in July 1997. The album spent two weeks at #1 that same month. Smith's "Men In Black," which was based on an old Patrice Rushen hit, was a #1 airplay hit for four weeks.

Private Parts. The Howard Stern autobiographical saga spent its opening weekend at #1 in March 1997. The soundtrack debuted at #1 that same month. Stern appeared with Rob Zombie and the Dust Brothers on two different tracks.

Waiting To Exhale. The female empowerment movie starring Angela Bassett and Whitney Houston spent its opening weekend at #1 in December 1995. The soundtrack spent five weeks at #1 in January and February 1996. Houston's "Exhale (Shoop Shoop)" was #1 for one week.

Dangerous Minds. The Michelle Pfeiffer drama spent its opening weekend at #1 in August 1995. The soundtrack logged four weeks at #1 in August and September. "Gangsta's Paradise" by Coolio featuring L.V., a hip-hop update of an old Steve Wonder song, topped the Hot 100 for three weeks.

Pocahontas. The Disney animated movie spent its opening weekend at #1 in June 1995. The soundtrack spent a week on top in July. The album spawned Vanessa Williams' Oscar-winning, top five hit "Colors Of The Wind."

The Lion King. This even bigger Disney animated movie spent its first two weekends at #1 in June and July 1994. The soundtrack spent 10 weeks at #1 from July to April 1995. The album spawned a pair of top 20 hits for Elton John, including the Oscar-winning "Can You Feel The Love Tonight."

The Crow. The Brandon Lee action/horror movie spent its opening weekend at #1 in May 1994, a year after the star's death. The soundtrack topped the chart for one week that same month. None of the songs on the album became Hot 100 hits, a rarity for a chart-topping soundtrack.

Wayne's World. The Saturday Night Live spin-off, starring Mike Myers and Dana Carvey, spent its first five weekends at #1 in February and March 1992. The soundtrack was #1 for two weeks in April. The album revived Queen's 1976 epic "Bohemian Rhapsody," which climbed to #2.

Batman. The comic book adaptation starring Michael Keaton and Jack Nicholson spent its first two weekends at #1 in June 1989. Prince's soundtrack spent six weeks at #1 in July and August. It spawned three top 40 hits, including the #1 "Batdance."

Top Gun. The movie that made Tom Cruise a superstar spent its opening weekend at #1 in May 1986. (It later spent two more weekends at #1). The soundtrack spent five weeks at #1 from July to October. It spawned Berlin's Oscar-winning, #1 ballad, "Take My Breath Away."

Beverly Hills Cop. The Eddie Murphy action comedy spent its first 13 weekends at #1 from December 1984 to March 1985. (It later notched a 14th week on top.) The soundtrack spent two weeks at #1 in June 1985. It spawned three top 10 hits including Glenn Frey's "The Heat Is On."

Purple Rain. Prince's movie spent its opening weekend at #1 in July 1984. Prince and the Revolution's soundtrack spent 24 consecutive weeks at #1 from August to January 1985. The Oscar-winning song score spawned a pair of #1 singles: "When Doves Cry" and "Let's Go Crazy."

Footloose. The movie that made Kevin Bacon a star spent its first three weekends at #1 in February and March 1984. The soundtrack spent 10 weeks at #1 from April to June. The album generated a pair of #1 singles: Kenny Loggins' "Footloose" and Deniece Williams' "Let's Hear It For The Boy."

Flashdance. The Jennifer Beals welder-with-a-dream movie spent three weekends at #1 in April and May 1983. The soundtrack spent two weeks at #1 in June and July. The album spawned a pair of #1 singles: Irene Cara's Oscar-winning "Flashdance...What A Feeling" and Michael Sembello's "Maniac."

And What About? Whitney Houston's The Bodyguard soundtrack topped The Billboard 200 for 20 weeks, but the movie peaked at #2 at the box-office. Six other soundtracks that reached #1 also came from movies that peaked at #2: Dirty Dancing, U2's Rattle And Hum, Sleepless In Seattle, Friday, Juno and Mamma Mia.

Likewise, Forrest Gump was the #1 movie of 1994, but the soundtrack stalled at #2. Star Wars Episode I-The Phantom Menace was the #1 movie of 1999, but the soundtrack peaked at #3.

Pop Quiz: Now for the fun part. All of the following tag lines appeared on posters advertising the 23 movies listed above. Match the tag line to the movie. So you don't have to keep scrolling up and down, here are the movies again: The Twilight Saga: New Moon, Michael Jackson's This Is It, Hannah Montana: The Movie, Twilight, Bad Boys II, 8 Mile, Armageddon, City Of Angels, Titanic, Men In Black, Private Parts, Waiting To Exhale, Dangerous Minds, Pocahontas, The Lion King, The Crow, Wayne's World, Batman, Top Gun, Beverly Hills Cop, Purple Rain, Footloose and Flashdance. Answers below.

1) "Nothing on earth could come between them."

2) "You'll laugh. You'll cry. You'll hurl."

3) "Protecting the earth from the scum of the universe."

4) "Up there with the best of the best."

5) "Friends are the people who let you be yourself...and never let you forget it."

6) "Never before has a man done so much with so little."

7) "Earth. It was fun while it lasted."

8) "Something happens when she hears the music...It's her freedom. It's her fire. It's her life."

9) "He's a big-city kid in a small town. They said he'd never win. He knew he had to."

10) "Every moment is a chance to turn it around."

11) "She has the best of both worlds. Now, she has to choose just one."

12) "The next chapter begins."

13) "Like you've never seen him before."

14) "When you can live forever, what do you live for?"

15) "She didn't believe in angels until she fell in love with one."

16) "Believe in angels."

The Fine Print: I used Billboard issue dates for the period prior to May, 1991 (when Nielsen/SoundScan began tracking sales for Billboard) and Nielsen/SoundScan's "week ending" dates from that point on. I don't really have anything to add to that, but I'm trying to have a big enough block of copy here so you won't inadvertently see the answers. I think I've padded all I can. Here we go:

1) Titanic; 2) Wayne's World, 3) Bad Boys II, 4) Top Gun, 5) Waiting To Exhale, 6) Private Parts, 7) Armageddon, 8) Flashdance, 9) Footloose, 10) 8 Mile, 11) Hannah Montana: The Movie, 12) The Twilight Saga: New Moon, 13) Michael Jackson's This Is It, 14) Twilight, 15) City Of Angels, 16) The Crow.

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