Another victory for ‘Fast and Furious’


LOS ANGELES: Rapper Wale’s latest studio record topped the weekly US Billboard 200 album chart on Wednesday, but it was the soundtrack to Universal Pictures’ hit Furious 7 movie that posted the largest rise this week.

Wale’s The Album About Nothing, which features narration by comedian Jerry Seinfeld, sold 88,000 albums, 74,000 songs and was streamed 6.9 million times, for a total unit tally of 100,000, according to figures from Nielsen SoundScan.

The Furious 7 soundtrack, which features Wiz Khalifa and Charlie Puth’s song ‘See You Again’ as a tribute to the street car franchise’s late star Paul Walker, rose to number two from number 17 on the chart, with 74,000 units sold this week.

The boost in sales comes from the film’s debut over the weekend, which broke April box office records with a $143.6 million opening.

The Billboard 200 chart tallies album sales, song sales (10 songs equal one album), and streaming activity (1,500 streams equal one album).

Furious 7 star Ludacris’s new album Ludaversal came in at No. 3 just behind the soundtrack, with sales of 73,000 units.

Last week’s chart-topper, Kendrick Lamar’s ‘To Pimp A Butterfly,’ dropped to number four.

Other new albums this week include country artist Darius Rucker at number seven with “Southern Style,” alt-rockers Death Cab for Cutie at number 8 with “Kintsugi” and singer-songwriter Sufjan Stevens at number 10 with ‘Carrie & Lowell.’

On the Digital Songs chart, Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars’ “Uptown Funk!” was pushed from the top spot to number two by Khalifa and Puth’s ‘See You Again,’ which sold 168,000 downloads.

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