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“The Hunger Games” soundtrack debuts at #1 | Music News

March 29th, 2012 | by Max-El

 

The Hunger Games might be having the best week ever. After setting U.S. box office records its opening weekend (March 23-25) by raking in over $155 million in ticket sales, the sci-fi action/drama’s soundtrack, The Hunger Games: Songs from District 12 and Beyond, just debuted at #1 on the Billboard 200 chart with first-week sales of around 175,000 copies, Billboard reports.

With the chart-topping feat, Songs from District 12… is the first film soundtrack to hit #1 since Michael Jackson’s This Is It and is only the 16th soundtrack in the history of the Billboard 200 to ever debut at #1, Billboard says. Billboard does not clarify whether they are referring the entire history of the Billboard chart (67 years) or only the time since the list expanded to 200 positions (45 years).

The soundtrack features artists including Kid Cudi, Taylor Swift, Miranda Lambert and The Decemberists, and is available for purchase here.