In its second week out, the “Black Panther” soundtrack is unmoved from No. 1 on the Billboard album chart.
“Black Panther the Album: Music From and Inspired By” (Top Dawg/Aftermath/Interscope), masterminded in part by Kendrick Lamar, and also featuring SZA, the Weeknd, Schoolboy Q and 2 Chainz, had the equivalent of 131,000 sales in the United States last week, according to Nielsen. That included 40,000 copies sold as a full album and nearly 120 million streams. In total it lost only 15 percent of its opening-week sales — a sign of staying power when big albums can drop 80 percent or more in Week 2.
So far 2018 has been a big year for soundtracks, with two albums connected to films going to No. 1; the year began with two weeks at the top for “The Greatest Showman,” the P.T. Barnum biopic. According to Billboard, it is the first time in four years that two soundtracks have each notched more than one week at No. 1. (This week, “The Greatest Showman” holds at No. 3.)
Also this week, Migos’s “Culture II” is No. 2, and two new albums round out the Top 5: Nipsey Hussle’s “Victory Lap” is in fourth place, and Brandi Carlile’s “By the Way, I Forgive You” is fifth.