Update: Billboard just made the news official: Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper’s “A Star Is Born” soundtrack debuts at #1 on the Billboard Top Album Sales and Billboard 200 charts.
It tops the former with what Billboard reports as 162K in pure US sales. The inclusion of units from track streams and sales yields a consumption tally of 231K, which drives the #1 Billboard 200 bow.
Hits Daily Double had reported those numbers at 165K and 220K, respectively.
“A Star Is Born” posted the best single-week soundtrack numbers since “Fifty Shades Of Grey” in 2015.
At the onset of the week, Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper’s “A Star Is Born” soundtrack was trending as the week’s #2 album in America.
The tide quickly shifted in its favor — and it stayed in that direction.
Offering their take on the weekly numbers, Hits Daily Double and BuzzAngle report that “A Star Is Born” won the US album sales and consumption races.
The outlets say that “A Star Is Born” sold about 165K pure US copies. With units from track sales and streams included, it generated about 220K in total first-week consumption.
Due Sunday, Billboard’s more authoritative data may differ slightly. The discrepancies should not, however, affect the overall outcome. The pure sales tally should yield a #1 bow on Top Album Sales, while the consumption figure should produce a #1 entry on the Billboard 200.
Twenty One Pilots’ “Trench” should be #2 on both charts (~134K pure sales, ~170K total units).