After a lucrative opening week, Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper stand on top of the charts in the United States, the United Kingdom, and Ireland. Their album, ‘A Star Is Born’, is a collection of eighteen songs and fifteen dialogue tracks that soundtrack the newly-released movie in which they star.
The film ‘A Star Is Born’ was released on October 4, 2018. First reviews of the title called for Oscar nominations, and the movie currently boasts a 90% Tomatometer Rating (8.1/10) and an 84% Audience Score (4.3/5) on Rotten Tomatoes. Piers Morgan took to Twitter last night, stating that ‘A Star Is Born’ not only lived up to the hype surrounding it, but exceeded expectations.
Few films live up to massive hype.
If anything, A Star Is Born exceeded it.
Bradley Cooper & @ladygaga are both sensational, the music fantastic & the climax a gut-wrenching tear-jerker.
I smell Oscars… a lot of them.
Go see it. 👍👍 pic.twitter.com/BPvPnrUQFe
— Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) October 14, 2018
The US Billboard 200 measures the success of albums in ‘equivalent album units’. These units include three common methods of modern music consumption, including album sales, Streaming Equivalent Albums (1500 on-demand song streams), and Track Equivalent Albums (10 individual digital track sales from an album). In the week beginning on the 5th of October and ending on the 11th of October, the ‘A Star Is Born’ soundtrack racked up 231,000 equivalent album units. Remarkably, 162,000 of the units were full album sales. 37,000 units came from Streaming Equivalent Albums, and 32,000 units came from Track Equivalent Albums.
While this is Bradley Cooper’s first number-one album, ‘A Star Is Born’ marks Lady Gaga’s fifth #1 debut on the Billboard 200. All of her chart-topping premieres took place this decade: ‘Joanne’ in 2016, ‘Cheek to Cheek’ (with Tony Bennett) in 2014, ‘ARTPOP’ in 2013, and ‘Born This Way’ in 2011. Gaga is now the only woman with at least five chart-topping debuts in the 2010s, surpassing Taylor Swift’s four.
‘A Star Is Born’ has enjoyed the biggest week a soundtrack has seen in over three years. To find a better debut, we have to travel back to the week of February 28, 2015, when the ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ soundtrack earned a 258,000-album unit number-two residency. Impressively, ‘A Star Is Born’ is already the third most-selling soundtrack album in 2018 after only one week, behind ‘The Greatest Showman’ and ‘Black Panther: The Album’.
Lady Gaga has topped the Official Irish Charts for the third time; ‘A Star Is Born’ follows ‘Born This Way’ in 2011 and ‘The Fame’ in 2008. As far as the Official UK Charts, Gaga’s effort with Cooper marks her fourth number-one album, following ‘ARTPOP’ in 2013, ‘Born This Way’ in 2011, and ‘The Fame’ in 2009.
See Lady Gaga’s video for ‘Look What I Found’, the 10th track on the ‘A Star Is Born’ soundtrack, below:
Listen to the full #1 album here: