Once thought to be the first major casualty of the industry shakeup caused by coronavirus, ‘Trolls World Tour’ – the follow-up to the 2016 animated blockbuster ‘Trolls’ – has proven itself a winner on many fronts.
As reported here, the film’s release was preceded by news its accompanying soundtrack debuted at #110 on the Billboard 200 – fulfilling the predicted fate for the set given the nonperformance of its lead singles ‘The Other Side’ (Justin Timberlake, SZA) and ‘Don’t Slack’ (Timberlake, Anderson .Paak).
While a similar outcome was forecasted for the movie itself, the Anna Kendricks-led flick – which bypassed theaters to go straight to home rental – exceeded expectations and has racked up over $100 million since its premiere (as we reported here). Its popularity has breathed new life into its companion album as the project, produced by Timberlake, recently shot into the Billboard 200’s top 20.
Despite debuting at #110 on the Billboard 200 in late March, the soundtrack – thanks to increased sales and streaming due to exposure from its parent film – skyrocketed into the Billboard 200’s top 20 last week.
Hitting #15 (its peak on the tally to date), the set slipped to #29 on this week’s refreshed edition of the chart. However, sustained sales and top 10 positioning on real-time iTunes tallies could see it re-enter Billboard 200 top 20 territory next week.
Until we find out, look below to see who joins it in the top 30 on this week’s ‘TGJ Chart Check.’
Billboard 200 This Week
The commercial response to the ‘Trolls World Tour’ soundtrack (to some degree) mirrors that of its musical forerunner, which debuted at #33 on the Billboard 200 four years ago but eventually peaked at #3 after garnering exposure from its parent film.
Unlike its 2020 follow-up, however, the 2016 album quickly shot to double Platinum status thanks to its housed #1 single – Justin Timberlake’s ‘Can’t Stop the Feeling.’