‘Fifty Shades Darker’ Soundtrack Debuts at No. 1

by Malachi Weaver

Billboard has reported that the Fifty Shades Darker soundtrack debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart, earning 123,000 equivalent album units for the week ending on February 16. Of the albums, 72,000 were traditional album sales. The soundtrack was released on February 10 through Universal Studios/Republic Records.

This No. 1 debut for Fifty Shades Darker comes with greater success than the movie’s predecessor Fifty Shades of Grey, which debuted and peaked at No. 2 in 2015. The Fifty Shades Darker soundtrack is the first soundtrack to place at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 since August and September of 2016 when the Suicide Squad soundtrack topped the list.

The lead single for the Fifty Shades Darker album was the hit “I Don’t Wanna Live Forever,” by Zayn and Taylor Swift. Other top artists also contributed to the album, including Sia, Halsey, Nick Jonas, and Nicki Minaj. The film and the accompanying soundtrack were released on the same day, February 10.

Listen to the single “I Don’t Wanna Live Forever” and see the trailer for the film below.

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