Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper’s A Star Is Born soundtrack has returned to No. 1 on North America’s prestigious Billboard 200 for a fourth non-consecutive week on top, as the set steps 3-1 with 128,000 equivalent album units earned in the week ending 28 February: a rise of 152 percent according to Nielsen Music.
The album received a big boost from publicity and promotion spurred by its parent film’s showcase on the 24 February Academy Awards. The movie was nominated for eight awards, including best picture. In the end, A Star Is Born took home one award, for best original song, for ‘Shallow.’ The tune was sung on the show by newly minted Oscar-winner Gaga (‘Shallow’s’ co-writer), alongside Cooper, in a warmly-received performance.
The A Star Is Born soundtrack has now leapfrogged Ariana Grande’s big-selling Thank U, Next, which spent its first two weeks atop the Billboard 200, but currently stands at No. 2.
A Star Is Born now has the most weeks at No. 1 for a live-action film soundtrack since Disney Channel’s TV movie High School Musical 2 saw its soundtrack claim four straight weeks at No. 1 in 2007. Going back even further, the last live-action theatrically released movie soundtrack (like Star’s) to score four weeks at No. 1 was Bad Boys II in 2003.
Queen’s Bohemian Rhapsody soundtrack is also back up to No. 5 on this week’s Billboard 200. The album is also basking in the glow of the Academy Awards. Queen, with Adam Lambert, opened the show with a medley of ‘We Will Rock You’ and ‘We Are The Champions.’ The film Bohemian Rhapsody was nominated for five Oscars, and won four – the most of any film this year – including a best actor win for the movie’s star Rami Malek, whose portrayal of the legendary Freddie Mercury has been widely acclaimed.
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