'Pitch Perfect,' Kendrick hit high notes on charts
FILE - This June 7, 2013 file photo shows actress Anna Kendrick at an appearance at the iHeartRadio Theater in New York. Since its release in Sept. 2012, “Pitch Perfect: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack” has peaked at No. 3 on Billboard’s 200 albums chart and has sold more than 700,000 units, according to Nielsen SoundScan. Kendrick’s “Cup” is certified platinum and is a Top 30 hit on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. (Photo by Andy Kropa/Invision/AP, file)
NEW YORK (AP) — They say it's not over till the fat lady sings — and that means Fat Amy isn't ready to put down her microphone.
The movie "Pitch Perfect," which was released in September and grossed $65 million domestically, is also a success on the music charts, where the film's soundtrack has peaked at No. 3 on the Billboard 200 and has sold more than 713,961 units so far, according to Nielsen SoundScan. The film stars Rebel Wilson (Fat Amy) and Anna Kendrick (Beca) as members of the all-girl a cappella group, The Barden Bellas, who are battling other a cappella groups in a national competition.
Kendrick's rendition of the folk-pop tune "Cups" is helping push the soundtrack to musical heights: The song has sold one million tracks and currently sits at No. 27 on the Hot 100 chart.
"It's totally surprising," the perky, red-haired 27-year-old said. "I always figured soundtrack sales would be a part of a movie that has so much music in it ... but I had no idea we'd be into summer of the next year and people would still be talking about the album (and) buying the album."
The gold-selling "Pitch Perfect: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack" was released the week the film hit theaters. Kendrick, an Oscar-nominated actress, was in New York last week to receive a platinum plaque for "Cups," which is also a viral hit thanks to the cup routine she performed in the film, in the song's music video — which has 17 million views — and others imitating it in their own videos and posts online.
"We were like, 'OK, it's a cute song. Let's ask our audience what they think about it.' And it was enormous. It was enormous," said Sharon Dastur, program director for New York City's top station, Z100 (100.3 FM), where the song is on rotation.
"Cups" was originally just 76 seconds long, but Kendrick re-recorded a version that is just over 2 minutes and it appears on a second soundtrack from the film dubbed "More from Pitch Perfect," which was released last week.
"It wasn't already planned," said Mike Knobloch, the president of film music and publishing at Universal Pictures, of the new album. "There were just some things we couldn't get cleared or include more for business reasons initially. Once we saw there was such a demand for it, we were able to go back and release more music from the film."