For the first time in more than 18 years, four soundtracks are listed in the top 10 on the Billboard 200. Three of those soundtracks feature songs that were that were among the Golden Globe nominees for Best Original Song on Sunday’s telecast.
Additionally, a fifth soundtrack, for La La Land, appears just outside the the top 10, vaulting from No. 52 to No. 15 in its fourth week. The album features the Golden Globe-winning “City of Stars,” sung by leading actors Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone. Justin Hurwitz wrote the song. TheLa La Land soundtrack will likely make a big jump next week, following the film’s record-setting sweep of the Golden Globes.
The Moana soundtrack jumps from No. 6 to No. 2 in its seventh week — its highest ranking to date. (FYI, the Moana soundtrack is No. 1 this week in terms of traditional album sales, but ranks No. 2 when digital track sales and streaming activity are factored in.) It’s the only album in the top 10 to post a gain in either traditional sales or total “equivalent units.” Moana is No. 1 on the Top Soundtracks chart for the fifth week. The album includes Auli’i Cravalho’s rendition of “How Far I’ll Go” (co-written by Hamilton mastermind Lin-Manuel Miranda), which was a Golden Globe nominee.
The Sing soundtrack jumps from No. 21 to No. 8 in its fourth week. The album features Stevie Wonder’s “Faith” (featuring Ariana Grande), which Wonder co-wrote with Ryan Tedder and Francis Farewell Starlight. The song was also a Globe nominee.
The Trolls soundtrack rebounds from No. 14 to No. 10 in its 15th week. The album has climbed as high as No. 3. The album includes two versions of Justin Timberlake’s No. 1 hit “Can’t Stop the Feeling!” (which Timberlake co-wrote with Max Martin and Shellback). The song was a Golden Globe nominee and is a Grammy nominee for Best Song Written for Visual Media.
Suicide Squad: The Album moves up from No. 10 to No. 9 in its 22nd week. The album spent its first two weeks at No. 1. The album features two songs, “Heathens” and “Purple Lamborghini,” that are nominated for Grammys for Best Song from Visual Media. (These songs weren’t nominated at the Globes.)
This is the first time that four soundtracks have appeared in the top 10 at the same time since Sept. 5, 1998, when Armageddon (No. 4), Dr. Dolittle (No. 7), How Stella Got Her Groove Back (No. 8), and City of Angels (No. 10) were all listed in the top 10. (That was the second week in a row those soundtracks were listed in the top 10.)
(Bonus points if you remember that there was a previous movie titled Sing. The 1989 film marked a reunion of the Footloose team — producer Craig Zadan and screenwriter/lyricist Dean Pitchford. Alas, it wasn’t nearly as successful as the Kevin Bacon smash.)
Migos’s “Bad and Boujee” (featuring Lil Uzi Vert) moves up from No. 2 to No. 1 its eighth week. The song is No. 1 even though it isn’t yet listed on the Radio Songs chart, which lists the 50 most-played tracks of the week at radio. It is, however, No. 1 on Streaming Songs for the second week and No. 2 on Digital Songs Sales. The Hot 100 combines data from all three of those charts.
Migos got an unexpected shout-out from actor Donald Glover (a.k.a. Childish Gambino) in his acceptance speech at the Golden Globes. (Backstage, Glover was more effusive. “I think that they’re the Beatles of this generation…”) Any boost that these mentions give the song will be reflected next week.
Rae Sremmurd’s “Black Beatles” (featuring Gucci Mane) dips from No. 1 to No. 2 in its 17th week, following seven weeks at No. 1. The song tops the 1 million mark in digital sales this week. Billboard‘s Gary Trust notes that this marks the first time that two different hip-hop-based rap tracks have appeared at No. 1 in back-to-back weeks since November 2008, when T.I.’s “Live Your Life” (featuring Rihanna) replaced his own “Whatever You Like” in the top spot.
The Chainsmokers’ “Closer” (featuring Halsey) rebounds from No. 4 to No. 3 in its 23rd week. The song has ranked in the top 10 all 23 of those weeks. It’s only the second song in Hot 100 history to spend its first 23 weeks in the top 10. The first was Justin Bieber’s “Love Yourself.” “Closer” logged 12 weeks at No. 1. It was the No. 2 best-selling digital hit of 2016.
The Weeknd’s “Starboy” (featuring Daft Punk) dips from No. 3 to No. 4 in its 16th week. The song reached No. 1 two weeks ago.
Bruno Mars’s “24K Magic” holds at No. 5 its 13th week. The song reached No. 4. For the second week in a row, “24K Magic” is the highest-charting hit that isn’t a collaboration. The song sold 77K copies this week, which puts it at No. 1 on the Top Digital Songs chart for the first time.
Ariana Grande’s “Side to Side” (featuring Nicki Minaj) rebounds from No. 7 to No. 6 in its 19th week. The song peaked at No. 4.
Maroon 5’s “Don’t Wanna Know” (featuring Kendrick Lamar) rebounds from No. 11 to No. 7 in its 13th week. This is its highest ranking to date. The song is the most-played song at radio for the fourth week
DJ Snake’s “Let Me Love You” (featuring Justin Bieber) holds at No. 8 in its 22nd week. The song reached No. 4. The song tops the 1 million mark in digital sales this week. It has outsold DJ Lazer’s “Cold Water,” which also features Bieber. That hit, which was released two weeks before “Let Me Love You,” has sold 892K copies.
Drake’s “Fake Love” holds at No. 9 in its 11th week. This is its highest ranking to date.
“Bad Things” by Machine Gun Kelly and Camila Cabello rebounds from No. 12 to No. 10 in its 10th week. The song has climbed as high as No. 9.
“Juju on That Beat (TZ Anthem)” by Zay Hilfigerrr & Zayion McCall and D.R.A.M.’s “Broccoli” (featuring Lil Yachty) drop out of the top 10 this week.
Big Sean lands his fifth top 20 hit as a lead or co-lead artist as “Bounce Back” jumps from No. 21 to No. 18 in its ninth week.
Ed Sheeran may land his fourth top 10 hit next week with “Shape of You.” Sheeran has two new songs (this and “Castle on the Hill”) from his upcoming third studio album. “Shape of You” is the one being promoted to radio. Sheeran’s top 10 hits to date are “Don’t,” “Thinking Out Loud,” and “Photograph.”
Ariana Grande’s “Dangerous Woman” tops the 1 million mark in digital sales this week. The song reached No. 8 on the Hot 100.
Pentatonix’s version of Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah,” from their smash album A Pentatonix Christmas, was the top-selling holiday/seasonal song of 2016, with sales of 342K copies. It beat out Mariah Carey’s “All I Want for Christmas Is You,” which sold 179K copies during the year. (That’s not bad, considering this was the Carey recording’s 24th holiday season. Carey’s song has sold more copies than any other holiday/seasonal song in digital history — more than 3.4 million copies.)
The Weeknd’s Starboy rebounds from No. 2 to No. 1 in its sixth week. This is its second week on top. The Weeknd’s previous album, Beauty Behind the Madness, logged three weeks at No. 1 in September 2015. The Weeknd is one of just six current artists (I’m excluding the Beatles) who have spent multiple weeks at No. 1 with each of their last two (or more) studio albums. He follows Eminem, who has spent multiple weeks on top with each of his last six studio albums; Taylor Swift, who has done it with each of her last four studio albums; Jay Z, who has scored with each of his last three studio albums (counting a collabo with Kanye West); and Adele and Luke Bryan, who, like the Weeknd, have done it with each of their last two studio albums.
Bruno Mars’s 24K Magic holds at No. 3 in its seventh week. The album has climbed as high as No. 2.
Drake’s Views rebounds from No. 8 to No. 4 in its 36th week. It logged 13 weeks at No. 1. Views was the No. 2 album of 2016 in terms of traditional album sales; No. 1 if you also factor in digital track sales and streaming.
J. Cole’s 4 Your Eyez Only dips from No. 4 to No. 5 in its fourth week. It debuted at No. 1 three weeks ago.
The Hamilton Broadway cast album dips from No. 5 to No. 6 in its 67th week. The album peaked at No. 3 in the wake of the Tony Awards in June. Hamilton tops the 1 million mark in traditional sales this week. This is its 20th week in the top 10. (By way of comparison, The Hamilton Mixtape spent just one week in the top 10 — albeit a week at No. 1. Fans seem to know that the Broadway cast album is the real deal.)
Blurryface by twenty one pilots holds at No. 7 in its 86th week. The album debuted at No. 1 in May 2015.
Unsurprisingly, both of Pentatonix’s Christmas albums drop out of the top 10 this week. A Pentatonix Christmas drops from No. 1 to No. 41. (That’s the second-biggest tumble from the No. 1 spot since 1963, when separate stereo and mono charts merged into one comprehensive chart). That’s Christmas to Me drops from No. 9 to No. 112.
Chris Stapleton’s Traveller rebounds from No. 31 to No. 22 in its 69th week. The album spent two weeks at No. 1 in 2015. The album returns to No. 1 on Top Country Albums. This is its 25th week on top.
Taylor Swift’s 1989 drops from No. 72 to No. 88 in its 115th week. The album topped the 6 million mark in traditional sales last week. The album logged 11 weeks at No. 1 and spawned five top 10 hits. It also won a Grammy for Album of the Year.