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Thursday, 18 August 2016

Suicide Squad: The Album makes explosive debut at No. 1 on Billboard 200

Suicide Squad: The Album has made an explosive No. 1 debut atop the SoundScan/Billboard 200. The album racked up sales and streams in excess of 182,000 album equivalents, marking the highest debut for a soundtrack this year, and the largest streaming week for a soundtrack in history with over 32 million streams. Suicide Squad: The Album is also the first soundtrack from a Warner Bros.-distributed film to ever debut at No. 1 on the Billboard 200.

“This is an incredibly special moment for me, Atlantic Records, our partners at Warner Bros. Pictures, and the filmmakers, to see an album we all worked so tirelessly on achieve such a huge first week number,” said President of Film/TV at Atlantic Records, Kevin Weaver – the Grammy Award-winning soundtrack producer and A&R executive responsible for Suicide Squad: The Album. “We had a creative vision early on and remained vigilant to seeing that through to the very end. This is a true testament that great songs with a unique tone, created with the intent to become an artistic body of work – and connected to a film as massively and culturally relevant as Suicide Squad  – can achieve momentous commercial success.”

Suicide Squad: The Album has proven itself a true global phenomenon, hitting No. 1 on the iTunes Top Overall Albums chart in 66 countries around the world, including the United States. The album boasts 14 tracks, 10 of which are brand new and exclusive to the soundtrack. All 10 new songs simultaneously landed on the iTunes Overall Singles Chart, led by the No. 1 smash, “Heathens,” from multi-platinum recording duo Twenty One Pilots; “Sucker For Pain” by Lil Wayne, Wiz Khalifa & Imagine Dragons with Logic and Ty Dolla $ign (Feat. X Ambassadors); and “Purple Lamborghini” by Skrillex & Rick Ross. “Heathens” and “Sucker For Pain,” along with Panic! At The Disco’s “Bohemian Rhapsody,” all sat within the Top 10 on the iTunes chart during the first weekend of the album’s release.

Having hit No. 1 on the iTunes chart, Twenty One Pilots’ “Heathens” is currently approaching the Top 10 on Billboard’s Hot 100. The single is also dominating the rock charts, ranking No. 1 on both Billboard’s “Rock Digital Songs” and “Rock Streaming Songs” charts. Additionally, “Heathens” is currently one of the most streamed tracks on Spotify, sitting at No. 4 on the U.S. Top 50 and at No. 5 on the Global Top 50. In addition, the track’s incredible companion video has now earned more than 103million individual views via YouTube alone. 

Meanwhile, “Sucker For Pain” by Lil Wayne, Wiz Khalifa & Imagine Dragons with Logic and Ty Dolla $ign (Feat. X Ambassadors), is proving a crossover blockbuster, debuting at No. 1 on Billboard’s “Rock Digital Songs” and “Rap Digital Songs” charts with over 67,000 downloads in its first week of release. “Sucker For Pain” is also seeing massive streaming success, currently sitting at No. 10 Spotify’s Global Top 50 chart and No. 13 on U.S. Top 50. The “Sucker For Pain” companion video is proving itself to be a massive blockbuster, boasting more than 47 million YouTube views and counting. 

“Purple Lamborghini” by Skrillex & Rick Ross is currently blowing up the Internet with its masterpiece companion video, highlighted by a special appearance from Suicide Squad star Jared Leto as The Joker. The clip – directed by MTV Video Music Award-winner Colin Tilley (Kendrick Lamar, Chance the Rapper) – has over 31 million individual views at Skrillex’s official YouTube site alone. The smash single earned immediate acclaim from a wide range of media outlets upon its Zane Lowe premiere. “As dope as you could imagine,” exclaimed Billboard. “This track is a monster,” raved Stereogum. 

The newest single from Suicide Squad: The Album is the Harley Quinn theme song “Gangsta,” performed by powerhouse R&B songstress Kehlani. Both the “Gangsta” track and video – which stars Kehlani decked out in full Harley Quinn regalia – arrived to massive critical acclaim upon their release. VIBE claims “the hard-hitting, yet sensual and emotional song finds Kehlani singing about needing some bad boys in her life,” while Paper Magazineapplauds the “sultry, neon backlit video for her gorgeous Suicide Squad track.” The video has already drawn more than seven million views via YouTube in just one week.

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