It was a stand out week for for movie soundtracks thanks in part to the natural attention paid to the 2013 Oscar nominations, and also because the material was just pretty great stuff. Industry darling Adele stands out as part of that attention because of “Skyfall”, the title track to the most recent James Bond film of the same name. Other nominations included “Before My Time” from Chasing Ice , “Pi’s Lullaby” from Life of Pi, “Suddenly” from Les Misérables,.
Outside of Oscar noms, Les Misérables has probably had the biggest impact of the week by becoming the number 1 album on Billboard’s Top 200 Chart. After selling an impressive 92,000 copies according to Nielsen SoundScan, Les Miserable’s soundtrack is the first musical to top the charts since Hannah Montana: The Movie’s album did on May 2nd, 2009. Perhaps this is a sign that the trend will continue because the soundtrack to the theatrical version of famed play, Mamma Mia! topped the charts as well in 2008.
Les Misérables beat out Indie Folk Rokers Mumford & Sons by 100,000 copies. We think that’s a pretty good accomplishment considering the fact that all the film’s actors performed their songs in a live to tape fashion as they were being filmed for the actual movie. Therefore, after a moment of brief reflection and appreciation, we conclude that this time, artistry and creativity did pay off. Cheers!