After a week out, the Kendrick Lamar-curated soundtrack, Black Panther: The Album, has debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200.
In the week ending on Feb. 15, the album, which features Kendrick, Travis Scott, The Weeknd, Mozzy, ScHoolboy Q, 2 Chainz, Swae Lee, Vince Staples, Ab-Soul, Anderson .Paak, Jay Rock, Future and more, moved 154,000 equivalent album units, according to Nielsen Music. Of those, 52,000 were made up of traditional album sales. According to Billboard, the numbers mark the “biggest week for a soundtrack — in terms of total units earned — in a year-and-a-half.” Suicide Squad: The Album scored 182,000 units earned back in August 2016.
It was announced back in January that Kendrick and Top Dawg Ent. were being commissioned to put together the project. “Marvel Studios’ Black Panther is amazing, from its cast to its director,” K. Dot said at the time. “The magnitude of this film showcases a great marriage of art and culture. I’m truly honored to contribute my knowledge of producing sound and writing music alongside Ryan and Marvel’s vision.”
Label owner, Anthony “Top Dawg” Tiffith agreed, saying, “Working on such a powerful movie is a great opportunity. We’re always working on new goals at TDE, so teaming up with Disney, Marvel Studios and the Black Panther film makes perfect sense.”
The soundtrack features the singles “Pray for Me,” “All the Stars” and “King’s Dead.”