* Black Panther Soundtrack debuts at #1 on the Billboard charts
* Follows record-breaking debut of the film
* Soundtrack curated by Kendrick Lamar
You may have heard about Black Panther — the movie — breaking all kinds of records, but it’s accompanying official soundtrack is hitting the top of the charts too. Black Panther: The Album has debuted at #1 on on the Billboard 200 chart, with 154,000 units sold.
The soundtrack, which features music from and inspired by the blockbuster film, was curated by Kendrick Lamar, and the rapper is featured on five of the tracks. Of the album’s 14 songs, three are heard in the Black Panther film, including Lamar’s collaboration with The Weeknd, “Pray For Me ,” and his duet with SZA, “All The Stars ,” which plays during the closing credits. (Both songs, by the way, have become hits on their own, reaching the Top 10 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart).
Want to stream the album online for free? Sign up for a free 30-day trial to Amazon Music, which gets you unlimited access to Black Panther: The Album, along with millions of other songs. Listen ad-free with unlimited skips. Download the songs you like for offline listening. (It’s just $9.99 a month to continue after your free trial; price is reduced to $7.99 for Amazon Prime members).
If you want to own the album, Amazon’s offering it right now for less than 10 bucks, to coincide with the movie’s release.
Black Panther has also spawned a second album, that features the film’s original score. With music written by Swedish composer Ludwig Göransson, in collaboration with Black Panther director, Ryan Coogler, the score explores traditional African tribal beats and choral melodies, set against an orchestral hip-hop backdrop. Göransson reportedly traveled to Senegal and South Africa to research their rich musical history, and Senegalese artist Baaba Maal even makes an appearance on a couple of the resulting tracks, singing in his native Fula dialect.
Like the album soundtrack, the Black Panther Score is also available to stream for free online, using our promo for a free 30-day trial to Amazon Music. You can also buy the album for just $9.49.
Download both albums and get familiar with the songs now, because we have a feeling people will be talking about Black Panther for a very very long time to come.