Suicide Squad: The Album becomes the first soundtrack to crown Billboard’s Top Rock Albums chart in nearly two years, as it debuts at No. 1 (on the Aug. 27 tally) with 128,000 copies sold, according to Nielsen Music.
The album, which features contributions from Twenty One Pilots, Panic! at the Disco and more, is the first soundtrack to hit No. 1 since Foo Fighters’ Sonic Highways, the accompaniment to the band’s HBO series of the same name, on the Nov. 29, 2014, chart. Before that, the classic-hits-infused Guardians of the Galaxy: Awesome Mix Vol. 1 led for nine weeks beginning Aug. 23, 2014.
Before those two sets, the last various-artists soundtrack with all new music (like Suicide Squad) to rule Top Rock Albums? The Great Gatsby: Music From Baz Luhrmann’s Film (May 25, 2013), featuring Lana Del Rey, Jack White and Florence + the Machine, among others (including Beyonce and Jay Z).
‘Suicide Squad’ Soundtrack Debuts at No. 1 on Billboard 200 Chart
Suicide Squad also launches at No. 1 on Alternative Albums, becoming, again, the first soundtrack to lead the chart since the Foos’ Sonic Highways (for three weeks); before that, Switchfoot’s soundtrack to its documentary/concert film Fading West led for a week (Feb. 1, 2014). On the Billboard 200, Suicide Squad opens at No. 1 (with 182,000 equivalent album units), marking the first soundtrack to top the chart since Disney Channel’s Descendants opened at No. 1 on the Aug. 22, 2015-dated chart.
On both Top Rock Albums and Alternative Albums, Suicide Squad is followed by Skillet’s Unleashed, which opens at No. 2 on each list with 58,000 sold. The set also starts at No. 1 on Hard Rock Albums, arriving as the group’s second leader, following the three-week No. 1 Rise in 2013. Unleashed also enters at No. 1 on Top Christian Albums, where it’s the band’s third topper, after Rise and 2009’s Awake.
Twenty One Pilots Replace Themselves, Again, Atop Hot Rock Songs Chart
The impact of both Suicide Squad and Unleashed is felt high atop the Hot Rock Songs chart, as Squad’s “Heathens,” by Twenty One Pilots, rises 2-1, while “Sucker for Pain,” by Lil Wayne, Wiz Khalifa and Imagine Dragons with Logic and Ty Dolla $ign and featuring X Ambassadors, pushes 4-3. Three more Squad songs debut, led by Panic! at the Disco’s cover of Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody” (No. 7). The others: Action Bronson, Mark Ronson and Dan Auerbach’s “Standing in the Rain” (No. 21) and Grimes’ “Medieval Warfare” (No. 24).
Meanwhile, Unleashed track “Feel Invincible” leads Skillet’s Hot Rock Songs attack, leaping 19-16 (hitting a new peak), while “Stars” and “Back from the Dead” re-enter at Nos. 38 and 39, respectively, and “I Want to Live” dips 38-39.