News

‘Awesome Mix’ of ’70s hits holds top Billboard spot

'GUARDIANS' OF BILLBOARD: "Awesome Mix Vol. 1," which includes classic hits such as Blue Swede's "Hooked on a Feeling," featured heavily throughout the "Guardians" film as rogue hero Peter Quill's own soundtrack. It sold 93,000 copies last week according to figures from Nielsen SoundScan, keeping its hold on the top spot of the chart. Photo: Associated Press

By Piya Sinha-Roy

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – The “Awesome Mix” of retro 1970s songs featured in hit superhero film “Guardians of the Galaxy” topped the weekly U.S. Billboard 200 album chart for a second consecutive week on Wednesday.

“Awesome Mix Vol. 1,” which includes classic hits such as Blue Swede’s “Hooked on a Feeling,” featured heavily throughout the “Guardians” film as rogue hero Peter Quill’s own soundtrack. It sold 93,000 copies last week according to figures from Nielsen SoundScan, keeping its hold on the top spot of the chart.

Retaining its position at No. 2 for a second week is the 51st installment of the “Now That’s What I Call Music!” compilation album franchise featuring current pop hits, which sold 52,000 copies in its second week.

Rounding out the top 3 is the soundtrack to Walt Disney Co’s hit animated film “Frozen,” which climbed five spots in its 38th week on the chart, with 43,000 copies sold last week due to a bump in sales from reduced pricing on iTunes, Billboard said.

New entries in the top ten of this week’s album chart include rock band The Gaslight Anthem’s “Get Hurt” at No. 4, while newcomer YouTube sensation Troye Sivan’s five-song extended play record “TRXYE” debuted at No. 5.

For the week ending Aug. 17, total album sales clocked in at 4.1 million units, down 19 percent from the comparable week in 2013, while year-to-date album sales stand at 150.5 million, down 15 percent from the same point last year, Billboard said.

(Editing by Mary Milliken and Chris Reese)

Recent Headlines

9 hours ago in Music

Tupac’s mother, Afeni Shakur, dead at 69

afenishakureppsAP

Born Alice Faye Williams, the former Black Panther activist gave birth to the legendary rapper in 1971.

11 hours ago in Entertainment

Jim Beam fills 14 millionth bottle of bourbon

jimbeam807686855761

Jim Beam has filled and sealed its 14 millionth barrel of bourbon since the 1933 repeal of Prohibition, achieving a first in the bourbon industry.

11 hours ago in Music

Fans thirsty for ‘Lemonade’ as Beyoncé breaks Taylor Swift’s chart record

beyonce202549291568

Beyoncé has shattered Taylor Swifts's Billboard album chart record by landing Hot 100 places for all the tracks from her new album "Lemonade."

11 hours ago in Entertainment, Viral Videos

‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ as told by emojis

11-overlay-2

If the blockbuster movie was told entirely by characters on your cell phone.

11 hours ago in Entertainment, Weird

‘Rock’ your clock

dwaynetherockjohnson690454149554

Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson has an app to help you organize their day.