In 2016, the Justin Timberlake-produced ‘Trolls’ soundtrack – the official companion album of the animated box office blockbuster of the same name – peaked at #3 on the Billboard 200 thanks in great part to the massive popularity of its chart-topping lead single, ‘Can’t Stop the Feeling’ (performed by Timberlake).
Yet despite assembling a star-studded list of contributors including the likes of Mary J. Blige, Kelly Clarkson, Anderson. Paak, SZA, and more for its follow-up, ‘Trolls World Tour,’ the new effort – also produced by the former *NSYNC frontman – looks like it won’t be able to boast the success of its double Platinum predecessor.
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Released by RCA Records March 13, ‘World Tour’ was preceded to chart battle by Timberlake singles ‘The Other Side’ (featuring SZA) and ‘Don’t Slack’ (featuring Paak). While the former peaked at #61 on the Hot 100, ‘Don’t Slack’ failed to live up to its titling as it’s missed the tally all together.
Undoubtedly worrying signs for its parent project, those fears were realized once this week’s refreshed charts indicated the set’s sales performance.
‘Trolls World Tour’ Soundtrack
First Week Sales (SPS): 7,500
First Week Sales (Pure): 3,100
Billboard 200 Debut: #110
The placement above greatly pales in comparison to that of its 2016 forerunner as the latter debuted at #33 on the Billboard 200 and eventually peaked at #3 – an accomplishment earned after garnering exposure from its parent film (which went on to rake in nearly $350 million at the box office).
Like its soundtrack – which saw its promotion halted due to the impact of coronavirus pandemic – the movie ‘Trolls World Tour’ (also known as ‘Trolls 2’) is also on course to suffer the consequences of non-traditional promotion.
Still scheduled to premiere in theaters April 10, Universal Pictures will simultaneously make the kids flick available for straight-to-home rental (VOD) in light of many U.S. cities enacting mandatory “stay-at-home” orders due to the spread of COVID-19.
Click here to stream ‘Trolls World Tour’ soundtrack.