Kendrick Lamar's Black Panther: The Album debuts No 1 on Billboard Top 200 chart

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February 19, 2018 15:58:09 IST

The album for Black Panther, featuring songs by Kendrick Lamar, The Weeknd, SZA, Khalid and more, has debuted at No 1 on the Billboard 200 chart.

British actress Ruth Wilson poses on the red carpet upon arrival at the BAFTA British Academy Film Awards at the Royal Albert Hall in London on February 18, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / Daniel LEAL-OLIVAS

The Weeknd and Kendrick Lamar. Image from Twitter/@TheXOPodcast

The set, which features music from and inspired by the blockbuster Marvel Studios film, garnered the biggest week for a soundtrack — in terms of total units earned — in a year and a half, reports billboard.com.

The Billboard 200 chart ranks the most popular albums of the week in the US, based on multi-metric consumption, which includes traditional album sales, track equivalent albums (TEA) and streaming equivalent albums (SEA).

The new 24 February dated chart (where Black Panther: The Album starts at No 1) will be posted on the publication's websites on 21 February, one day later than usual, due to the President's Day holiday in the US on 19 February.

The album includes a number of songs by Lamar, who curated and produced the hip-hop-heavy album with Top Dawg Entertainment's founder/CEO Anthony "Top Dawg" Tiffith.

From the Black Panther: The Album, 14 songs, three are heard in the film.

According to Top Dawg and Walt Disney Studios (Marvel's parent company), this is the first time in Marvel Cinematic Universe history that Marvel Studios has integrated multiple original recordings specifically for a film.

Updated Date: Feb 19, 2018 15:58 PM