How does 'Black Panther: The Album' change history?
This week, “Black Panther” celebrates the double victory. Not only is the movie making the rain in the theater, but the soundtrack album of the talented rap artist Kendrick Lamar has just become the champion of Billboard 200 after the first week of release.
The amount of streaming is unusually large
According to CNN, "Black Panther: The Album" sold 154,000 copies in the first week, not counting 61,300 copies sold during the weekend which were not included in Billboard.
The album is tied in with the name of Kendrick Lamar because he is the curator and principal artist, appearing in most works. But besides that, the album is almost a musical version of the movie as it brings together other black talents as collaborators.
Kendrick Lamar is like the "black panther" of the world music now.
The title song is called Black Panther (Kendrick Lamar show). Other songs include: All the Stars (Kendrick Lamar and SZA), King's Dead (Jay Rock, Kendrick Lamar, Future and James Blake), Pray for Me (Kendrick Lamar and Kendrick Lamar), Big Shot Scott, Seasons (Mozy, Sjava and Reason), The Ways (Khalid, Swae Lee), so on.
The win of the album has the role of streaming. According to Nielsen, the songs on the album have been heard online 190 million times since the album's release on February 9. On weekend, the same time the movie was "screened" at the cinema, about 50 million views.
Kendrick Lamar - the current best black artist
The success of the album is not difficult to explain. "Black Panther" is waiting for experts to recognize not only a film but also a cultural advance. The entire cast is black, the film is about a black superhero and the film is a fictional African kingdom.
The Weeknd and Kendrick Lamar mix in “Pray for Me”.
The film's soundtrack was also performed by the most successful black artist, Kendrick Lamar. Behind him is a team of producers, curators and the most talented collaborators in the industry. CNN commented, in terms of music, this album is also revolutionary.
In particular, Lamar and artists such as SZA and The Weeknd recorded songs inspired by Black Panther and superhero character. Only a few of the 14 songs of the album were selected for the film.
That means that the album has a lot of songs that can stand up as a standalone piece of music. Received many critics praise, including All the Stars, King's Dead and Pray for Me - the singles were heavily promoted in the past week. Three songs have totaled over 132 million online.
New vocalist - SZA was also noticed by duet with Lamar in “All The Stars”.
By: Scarlet Johnson