This is the third soundtrack to a film directed by Luhrmann to reach the top three. Romeo + Juliet hit #2 in January 1997. Music From Baz Luhrmann’s Film Moulin Rouge hit #3 in June 2001. All three of these albums have spawned hit songs. Romeo + Juliet featured the Cardigans’ “Lovefool” and Garbage’s “#1 Crush.” Moulin Rouge yielded a chart-topping remake of LaBelle’s 1975 smash “Lady Marmalade” by Christina Aguilera, Lil’ Kim, Mya and P!nk. The Great Gatsby has spawned Lana Del Rey’s “Young & Beautiful” and “A Little Party Never Killed Nobody (All We Got)” by Fergie, Q-Tip & GoonRock.
The album sold 119K digital copies (87% of its total), which puts it at #1 on Top Digital Albums. That’s the biggest one-week digital sales tally ever for a soundtrack, surpassing Glee: The Music: Journey To Regionals, which sold 106 copies in its first week in June 2010. Among movies from theatrically-released movies, the old record was held by the aforementioned The Hunger Games, which sold 100K digital copies in its first week.
Leonardo DiCaprio, who stars in The Great Gatsby, also starred in Romeo + Juliet. (He also starred in a non-Luhrmann movie that spawned a rather successful soundtrack, Titanic.)
DiCaprio is 38, one year older than Robert Redford was when he starred in the 1974 version of The Great Gatsby. (Wanna feel old? DiCaprio wasn’t even born yet when Redford’s movie came out in March 1974. DiCaprio was born that November.)
While Luhrmann appreciates the jazz that Fitzgerald describes in the novel (and which dominated the 1974 soundtrack), he chose to go another way. “No matter how much I like that music, it’s classical music now,” he told the Los Angeles Times’ Mikael Wood. “Gatsby was intoxicating everyone in New York with champagne and music…Now there’s another form of African American street music—hip-hop—that speaks in exactly the same way to our lives.”
The Great Gatsby album enters Top Soundtracks at #1, displacing Iron Man 3: Heroes Fall, which drops to #6 on that chart. The two movies were in reverse order at the box-office over the weekend. Iron Man 3 was #1 for the second weekend in a row. Gatsby debuted at #2.
Romeo + Juliet was the highest-ranking soundtrack on The Billboard 200 for three weeks. Moulin Rouge was the top soundtrack for eight weeks.
Golden displaces Kenny Chesney’s Life On A Rock from #1. This marks the first time that country albums have appeared at #1 back-to-back since Jason Aldean’s Night Train and Taylor Swift’s Red did it in October. (If you don’t consider Red to be country album, you have to go back to October 2010 for Sugarland’s The Incredible Machine and Swift’s previous, more country-oriented Speak Now.)
Golden enters Top Country Albums at #1. All four of the trio’s studio albums have topped the country chart.
Now 46 debuts at #3. It’s the 43rd consecutive regular Now installment to debut in the top five. An offshoot, Now Country Party, debuts at #31.
In a unique circumstance, Lambert’s husband, Blake Shelton, is also listed in the top 10. Based On A True Story… logs its seventh week in the top 10, which is Shelton’s best showing to date. It surpasses Red River Blue, which spent four weeks in the top 10 in 2011. That album is close to becoming Shelton’s first million-selling album. It is up to 973K.
The Great American Songbook albums, though derided as cheesy by critics, brought Stewart back to prominence. None of his three studio albums immediately prior to the release of the first standards album in 2002 even cracked the top 30. The last of the three, Human, stalled at a dismal #50 in 2001.
This week’s debut gives Stewart a nearly 42-year span of top 10 albums. He first cracked the top 10 in July 1971 with Every Picture Tells A Story.
Stewart is one of six male solo artists in this week’s top 10. By comparison, the highest-ranking female solo artist is P!nk at #11.
Here’s the low-down on this week’s top 10 albums.
The Top Five: Lady Antebellum’s Golden debuts at #1 (167K). It’s the trio’s fifth top 10 album...Music From Baz Luhrmann’s The Great Gatsby debuts at #2 (137K)… Now 46 debuts at #3 (91K). It’s the 51st album in the Now franchise to reach the top 10…Michael Buble’s To Be Loved drops from #2 to #4 in its third week (84K)…Pistol Annies’ Annie Up debuts at #5 (83K). It’s their second top five album.
The Second Five: Justin Timberlake’s The 20/20 Experience drops from #3 to #6 in its eighth week (66K). It has been in the top 10 the entire time… Rod Stewart’s Time debuts at #7 (52K). It’s his 17th top 10 album…Kenny Chesney’s Life On A Rock drops from #1 to #8 in its second week (48K)…Blake Shelton’s Based On A True Story… drops from #6 to #9 in its seventh week (38K). It has been in the top 10 the entire time…Bruno Mars’ Unorthodox Jukebox drops from #8 to #10 in its 22nd week (32K). This is its 19th week in the top 10.
Five albums drop out of the top 10 this week. Fantasia’s Side Effects Of You drops from #4 to #18. Macklemore & Ryan Lewis’ The Heist drops from #5 to #12. P!nk’s The Truth About Love drops from #7 to #11. Randy Rogers Band’s Trouble plummets from #9 to #87. Imagine Dragons’ Night Visions drops from #10 to #14.
She & Him’s Volume 3 debuts at #15. It’s the pair’s third top 20 album. Volume Two reached #6 in April 2010. A Very She & He Christmas hit #12 in October 2011. The duo includes Zooey Deschanel, the star of TV’s New Girl, which debuted in September 2011. Deschanel received an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series for the first season.
Fitz & the Tantrums’ second studio album More Than Just A Dream debuts at #25. It has far surpassed the #140 peak of the band’s 2010 debut, Pickin’ Up The Pieces…Straight No Chaser’s fourth studio album, Under The Influence, debuts at #28. This edges out the group’s previous album, With A Twist (which peaked at #29) to become its highest-charting album to date.
Eagles’ History Of The Eagles, a three-disk documentary/concert video, is #1 on Top Music Videos for the second week. It sold 10K copies this week, down from 23K in its first week.
Coming Attractions: Vampire Weekend’s Modern Vampires Of The City is expected to debut at #1 next week, with sales in the 125K range. George Strait’s Love Is Everything and Demi Lovato's Demi will battle for #2, each with sales in the 110K range. Amy Grant’s How Mercy Looks From Here will probably open at #11 (25K). Trace Adkins’ Love Will will probably open at #15 (22K). Also due: Escape The Fate’s Ungrateful (about 15K) and Dillinger Escape Plan's One Of Us Is The Killer.
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