The Hunger Games, Soundtrack SuccessPosted: April 9, 2012
Could there be any bigger of a series right now? Not only the number one book, film and now soundtrack in the country, we are watching “The Hunger Games,” take over the charts in every category. For such a highly anticipated film such as this, there is always the chance that the final product won’t live up to its’ hype. An extremely rare trifecta was however the result of games. This week, “The Hunger Games” is the top movie at the box office. “The Hunger Games: Songs From District 12 And Beyond” is the number one album in the country. And, finally, Suzanne Collins’ original novel, “The Hunger Games” — the first in a trilogy that includes “Catching Fire” and “Mockingjay” — is the number one book.
The movie, about teenagers forced to fight to the death on live television, has taken in $248.5 million since it opened on March 23, already making it the year’s top-grossing film. The soundtrack featuring songs from a range of eclectic artists such as Arcade Fire, Taylor Swift, Kid Cudi and Maroon 5 has an extremely wide variety of sound. As a music enthusiast myself, I am overly impressed with this album which has shot to the top of the Billboard 200 album chart this past Wednesday, following the film’s record-setting opening weekend.
The soundtrack sold 175,000 copies last week and is also the first film soundtrack to debut at No. 1 since Michael Jackson’s concert film “This Is It” topped the chart. The soundtrack’s top single “Safe and Sound,” by Swift and The Civil Wars, was also released in December as the film started gaining buzz, and then clocked in at No. 30 on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart.
Not far behind “The Hunger Games,” elsewhere British singer Adele held onto the No. 2 spot with her Grammy-winning album “21,” followed by indie rock band The Shins, who put out their fourth studio album, “Port of Morrow,” at No. 3 which has earned itself a big reputation since its debut. You can always listen to the soundtrack on Spotify, which is my music go-to for simplisity and convenience, however the albumn may also be purchase on Amazon. The film is also still in theater’s and is a must-see for all you trilogy lovers, be sure to check local listings for showings.