News

‘Awesome Mix’ of ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ tops Billboard

‘Awesome Mix’ of ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ tops Billboard

SOUNDTRACK: "Awesome Mix Vol. 1" is a12-track retro mix that's featured heavily throughout the film as rogue hero Peter Quill's own soundtrack as he battles evil intergalactic villains to save the galaxy. Photo: Associated Press

By Piya Sinha-Roy

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – The alien superheroes of Disney’s “Guardians of the Galaxy” not only stormed the movie box office, but the Marvel superheroes’ throwback 1970s-style soundtrack climbed to the top spot on the weekly U.S. Billboard chart on Wednesday.

“Awesome Mix Vol. 1,” which includes classic hits such as Blue Swede’s “Hooked on a Feeling,” The Jackson 5’s “I Want You Back,” and David Bowie’s “Moonage Daydream,” sold 109,000 copies in its second week, according to figures from Nielsen SoundScan.

It had entered the chart last week at No. 3 with first-week sales of 60,000.

The 12-track retro mix is featured heavily throughout the film as rogue hero Peter Quill’s own soundtrack as he battles evil intergalactic villains to save the galaxy. It is the second soundtrack this year to top the album chart, following the success of Walt Disney Co’s animated hit “Frozen.”

At No. 2 this week is the 51st installment of the “Now That’s What I Call Music!” album franchise, featuring hits by Iggy Azalea, Katy Perry and Justin Timberlake, which sold 94,000 copies in its first week.

Other new entries in the top ten of the weekly Billboard 200 chart include metal rockers Godsmack at No. 3 with “1000hp,” which sold 58,000 copies.

Rock group Spoon debuted at No. 4 with its latest record “They Want My Soul,” and British boy band The Vamps rounded out the new entries at No. 10 with its “Somebody To You EP.”

Last week’s chart topper, “Hypnotic Eye,” by Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers, dropped to No. 6 this week.

For the week ended Aug. 10, total album sales clocked in at 4.27 million, down 9 percent from the comparable week in 2013, while year-to-date album sales totaled 146.4 million, down 14 percent from the same period a year ago, Billboard said.

(Reporting by Piya Sinha-Roy; editing by Patricia Reaney, G Crosse)

Recent Headlines

in Sports

Orioles’ game in Baltimore postponed due to safety concerns

Fresh
Camden Yards protest

About 1,000 fans were inside the stadium when the game was called off, and many gates already had been closed.

in Local Sports

Report: Husky forward Jernard Jarreau to transfer

Fresh
Washington's Jernard Jarreau (33) grabs a rebound from Washington State's Brock Motum as Scott Suggs (15) blocks out in the first half during a Pac-12 tournament NCAA college basketball game, Wednesday, March 13, 2013, in Las Vegas.

According to reports, Washington Husky forward Jernard Jarreau has decided to transfer and his release has been granted. Also, local standout Dominic Green is now officially a Husky.

in Local Sports

Washington finishes spring practice with no decision on starting QB

Fresh
Washington quarterback Jeff Lindquist passes during the first session of NCAA college football practice before the upcoming fall season, Monday, Aug. 4, 2014, in Seattle.

The biggest question entering the spring for coach Chris Petersen and Washington still remains after 15 practices: Who will be the starting quarterback?

in Sports

Cards ace Adam Wainwright out for season with torn Achilles

Fresh
St. Louis Cardinals starting pitcher Adam Wainwright smiles during a news conference Friday, Oct. 10, 2014, in St. Louis. Wainwright will start for the Cardinals when they play the San Francisco Giants in Game 1 of baseball's National League Championship Series on Saturday in St. Louis.

The St. Louis Cardinals say injured ace Adam Wainwright is out for the season because of a torn left Achilles.

in Sports

Packers will retire Favre’s jersey on Thanksgiving

Fresh
FILE - In this Dec. 9, 2007 file photo, Green Bay Packers quarterback Brett Favre reacts to a 46-yard touchdown pass to tight end Donald Lee during the second half of an NFL football game against the Oakland Raiders in Green Bay, Wis. Favre will be inducted into the team's Hall of Fame and have his jersey retired next year. Favre writes on his official website that it will be an honor to have his name placed among others such Bart Starr, Curly Lambeau, Ray Nitschke and Vince Lombardi, to name a few.

The Green Bay Packers will give thanks to Brett Favre during their Thanksgiving night game.