‘Suicide Squad: The Album’ Just Pulled Off An Incredible Milestone

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The bad guys of Suicide Squad at least got a good soundtrack. And it seems most people agree, as it reached #1 on the Billboard 200 chart last month and is now the first soundtrack of 2016 to attain Gold status.

Kevin Weaver, EVP at Atlantic Records broke the news on Instagram, congratulating the album for reaching this milestone from the RIAA. A certified Gold status means that the soundtrack has sold over 500,000 copies. As Weaver notes below, that’s a huge achievement for a soundtrack that’s only been out for 6 weeks.

Yeah you read that right #boom? #squad #gold #smashes

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Personally, I thought the soundtrack was vastly better than how the music was mixed in the actual movie. It has some incredible tracks, including the huge hit “Heathens” from twenty one pilots and a cover of “Bohemian Rhapsody” from Panic! At the Disco. There are 14 tracks in all, and you’ll find some of the songs from the trailers in here as well, like Grace’s “You Don’t Own Me (feat. G-Eazy), an impressive cover that came out just last year.

In other Suicide Squad news, the film has gone on to gross $720 million worldwide, which is definitely short of my own prediction of the film reaching $800 million. Still, that’s good news for a movie with a reported production budget of $175 million, which isn’t far from the budget (and returns) of Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy.

Source: Instagram

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  • Carl

    I didn’t realize the Now That’s What I Call Music albums were still popular. lol

    • SAMURAI36

      You sound like a fool. Since when is Rick Ross in that category?

      • Fenix

        Anytime he’s had a top 40 song.

      • Carl

        He would be. Anyway learn to take a joke and stop acting like a fool yourself.

        • SAMURAI36

          Nah, this is just you hating on something related to DC, is all. I didn’t see you making jokes about Garbage of the Galaxy’s rehashed soundtrack.

          • Carl

            Never heard of that movie. I bet it had a great mix of popular and lesser known songs from a specific time period that played into the plot and character of the movie.

            So yeah if you aren’t going to laugh at the joke I’ll take another crack at this awful movie that you think is gold. The soundtrack is just an obvious mishmash of popular songs with no theme to them as well they were all awkwardly used in the movie. It’s almost as if the people editing the movie were making a trailer…

    • Tweed

      Uh, no. The “Now that’s” albums are compilations of incredibly popular pop songs. The SS album has some recognizable songs and a few covers, but none if it is Top 40. There isn’t even straight up pop, just some rap and rock.

      • SAMURAI36

        Precisely. He tried to call it “Pop” music before, and I had to correct him on that then. Just doubles down on his stupidity.

    • Napi

      Oh Carl… go and get your friends Marquis and company to share your experience about this incredible BUTT HURT you got hahahaha!!

      • Carl

        Ever heard of a joke? Sounds like you’re the butt hurt one.

        • Napi

          hahahaha the classic phrase when you screwed it up… “it’s a joke” hahaha

          • Carl

            What does lol mean to you?

  • Rob

    That is just sad that only one movie soundtrack has reached gold status this year more than half way through the year. Back in the 80s and 90s, soundtracks regularly went multiple platinum. Now no one buys soundtracks.

    • SAMURAI36

      That’s not a reflection on Soundtracks, but rather on people’s buying habits. Purple Lambo was a top 10 urban music song. People don’t buy entire albums anymore, but that doesn’t mean they don’t but the music at all.

      • Rob

        People still buy albums. Just not like they used to. But soundtracks have taken a much larger hit than regular albums.

        If you go back to height of movie soundtracks in the 80s, movie soundtracks were among the top selling albums of the year. Everyone owned soundtracks like Footloose, Top Gun, Purple Rain, etc. The movie soundtrack was a huge part of the movie and original songs from those soundtracks dominated the charts.

        When was the last time a song from a movie dominated the music charts?

        • SAMURAI36

          About the same time that a movie had a song that was worth buying like that. I can’t think of one in the past few years.

          But I think you’re downplaying the fact that people don’t buy albums as much as they used to, as being a detached factor here.

          SS is special, because it features alot of popular artists. Most movies don’t have individual songs along the lines of the ones that you mentioned from the 80s.

          Prince had his own movie, was already insanely popular prior to PR. Footloose was a movie about dancing, and its soundtrack was created approrpriately.

          You’re comparing eggs and eggplants.

          • Rob

            I’m not downplaying anything. It isn’t like no albums reach platinum status anymore. People still buy albums just not as much as they used to.

            But whether people are buying albums or not, soundtracks are not a focus for studios anymore and there is rarely a soundtrack in the top 10 in total album sales in a given year. I think the only time an album soundtrack has been in the top 10 in the last five to ten years was Guardians of the Galaxy.

            And again, movies used to wrap the movies around the soundtracks. That was my point. But forget Footloose and Purple Rain, I mentioned Top Gun and there is also The Big Chill, Beverly Hills Cop, The Bodyguard, Space Jams, Forrest Gump, Titanic, and many others that all sold several million copies a piece.

          • SAMURAI36

            Look at the names associated with the movies you listed. These are chart-topping heavy hitting artists, whose non-soundtrack albums sell platinum already.

            However, you’re acting as if every third film in the 80’s had this award winning soundtrack. Those are exceptions, and not the rule.

          • Rob

            Thank you for backing up my point. Yes, look at the names associated with those soundtracks. Exactly what I was saying. Studios invested more effort into the soundtracks back in the 80s and 90s and a lot of them became huge chart toppers in terms of single and albums. Exactly what I was saying.

            And I never said that every movie soundtrack was a hit. But a lot of them were. People owned movie soundtracks back in the 80s. Singles from those soundtracks regular topped the charts even if the soundtrack only produced one hit song like Ghostbuster or Back to the Future (Power of Love from Huey Lewis). Name the last song from a soundtrack that was a big hit that everyone listened to. Here is a Washington Post article from 2007 that talks about how movie songs no long rule the charts like they did in the 80s and 90s (although he focuses on how many movies don’t use original songs anymore in their soundtracks).

            http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/11/11/AR2007111100600.html

            I swear you just like to argue.

          • Darthmanwe

            Point one: Soundtracks are nowhere as prominent as they used to be. That is a known fact.

            Point two: It is also true that traditionally tracked album sales don’t cut it in terms of these meaningless “gold” “platinum” status. People tend to buy individiual tracks more than entire albums on digital platforms, or they use digital wholesale listening platforms like Spotify, hence not contributing to any trackable numbers.

            P.S.: Compare and contrast soundtrack prominence to the days where EltonJohn composed for Lion King, and Eric Clapton did prominent work on Lethal Weapon, Prince headlined Batman soundtrack in ways never imaginable today. These days, you barely get a credits song specifically written for a movie, maybe once every five years or so.

            The last of the Great Soundtracks was definitely the LotR and Hobbit soundtracks. While certain score albums like Man of Steel (a masterpiece in score composition) are readily some of the best music, even they don’t contain the star power and specifically written songs like a “Into the West”,”Lose Yourself” or “Batdance”

          • SAMURAI36

            You’re telling ME this? I fully agree with you. You should tell Rob that.