On the Charts: ‘Suicide Squad’ Takes Number One
After establishing a new August record at the box office, the DC blockbuster Suicide Squad also topped the Billboard 200 as the film's soundtrack – featuring new tracks by Twenty One Pilots, Grimes, Skrillex & Rick Ross, Lil Wayne, Wiz Khalifa & Imagine Dragons and more – secured the top spot with an opening week sum of 182,000 total copies.
According to Billboard, Suicide Squad became the first soundtrack to top the Billboard 200 since the companion album to Disney's Descendants grabbed Number One nearly one year ago. Suicide Squad's 182,000 copies – 128,000 of which came from traditional album sales – also marked the best sales week for a soundtrack since the Weeknd-assisted Fifty Shades of Grey moved 210,000 units in its February 2015 debut week.
At Number Two, for the second straight week after a long tenure at Number One, came Drake's Views, which moved an additional 72,000 copies; the bulk of that total were streaming equivalent albums, or SEAs.
Besides Suicide Squad, three more new releases broke into the Top 10 this week: Skillet's Unleashed debuted at Number Three and 62,000 copies, the 59th volume in the Now That's What I Call Music series reached Number Five and DJ Snake's Encore settled into Number Eight with 32,000 total copies.
Elsewhere in the Top 10, Blake Shelton's If I'm Honest jumped from Number Nine last week to Number Four thanks to a Google Play deal that offered the album for 99 cents. Twenty One Pilots' Blurryface slotted at Number Six, last week's charts king DJ Khaled and Major Key fell to Number Seven, Rihanna's Anti finally fell out of the Top Five by dropping to Number Nine and Adele's 25 closed things out with Number 10.
Next week, Suicide Squad will look to avoid something its big screen counterpart couldn't: A huge second-week plummet. The soundtrack may face some competition from PartyNextDoor and Rae Srummerd.