'Hunger Games' Soundtrack Set for No. 1 Debut on Billboard 200
The multi-artist album should sell at least 150,000 to 170,000 copies by the end of the tracking week on Sunday, March 25 — easily enough for a No. 1 entry. If it does arrive atop the list, it will be the first chart-topping theatrical film soundtrack since “Michael Jackson’s This Is It” bowed at No. 1 on the tally dated Nov. 14, 2009.
The song spends a third week atop the Digital Songs chart with 302,000 downloads sold (up 19%), according to Nielsen SoundScan. The track claims the Hot 100’s top Airplay Gainer award, as it bounds 61-41 in its second week on Radio Songs (30 million, up 60%, according to Nielsen BDS). “Young” rises 3-2 on the Alternative Songs radio airplay chart and roars in as the top debut on Pop Songs (No. 24) and Adult Pop Songs (No. 33).
British alt-rockers Keane have announced that its fourth album, “Strangeland,” will be released on May 8 in the U.S. on Cherrytree/Interscope, and one day earlier in the U.K. The follow-up to 2008’s “Perfect Symmetry” was produced by Dan Grech-Marguerat (The Vaccines, Howling Bells) and will be supported by a spring tour, with dates still pending.
After Capitol released it to radio and retail on Feb. 13, “Part,” the lead single from Perry’s “Teenage Dream” deluxe edition, “The Complete Confection” (due March 27), blasts in atop the Hot 100 and Digital Songs with 411,000 downloads sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan, marking Perry’s best career sales week. On Radio Songs, “Part” launches at No. 36 with 35 million audience impressions, according to Nielsen BDS.
Nicki Minaj’s bouncy “Starships” single dropped on Tuesday, but it’s only the first of the rapper’s collaborations with producer RedOne.
"It’s four songs we did," the in-demand producer told Billboard.com during a rare studio break during Grammy Week, with potentially the full quartet to appear on Minaj’s upcoming "Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded."
"The tracks that I’ve worked with on Nicki Minaj are amazing, incredible," he said. "To be honest, I am so happy and excited for what people are going to think."
Following the death of Whitney Houston on Saturday, Feb. 11, the diva’s “Whitney: The Greatest Hits” album re-enters the Billboard 200 chart at No. 6. It sold 64,000 copies in the U.S. (according to Nielsen SoundScan) in the tracking week that ended on Feb. 12 — reflecting only one full day of sales after her passing