Fifty Shades Of Play: Soundtrack “Love” At CHR Radio

"Earned" a new chart distinction.

“Earned” a new chart distinction.

One of this year’s biggest soundtracks thus far has been the compilation from the Fifty Shades Of Grey movie, a former #1 with traditional album sales in excess of 600,000 copies and growing. Several singles from the effort have been multi-format hits in the last few months, driving TEA sales for the set. One of the tunes, “Love Me Like You Do”, by English singer Ellie Goulding, topped the pop radio chart for its third frame on Sunday. However, another piece from the same soundtrack, “Earned It”, sung by Canadian singer The Weeknd, moved into the runner-up position and, according to the most recent trends, is set to rise to #1 this weekend and replace Goulding’s smash.

Multiple #1 singles on the CHR chart from a popular soundtrack is a rare accomplishment, but one that’s taken place on several occasions. Movies like Flashdance, Footloose and The Bodyguard are just a few of the titles that have achieved that goal. Yet, a look at the soundtracks that contain multiple #1 singles that replace one another atop the radio format whittles down the list. A combination of the archives from both Radio & Records and Mediabase brings us to just two additional cases of this chart event in the over four decades that the data has been published. Should the Goulding/Weeknd movements be solidified in a few days, the soundtrack (released on Republic Records) and its two acts will head into the record books with these musical memories:

Saturday Night Fever

Bee Gees – “Stayin’ Alive” (January 27 – March 3)
Bee Gees – “Night Fever” (March 10 – April 14)
Yvonne Elliman – “If I Can’t Have You” (April 21 – April 28)

The soundtrack from Saturday Night Fever, originally released on RSO Records, remains one of the biggest of all-time. The set spent 24 weeks at #1 on the Billboard 200 album listing and launched five original singles (and two reissues) into the top 40 in a span of six months on the Hot 100. (On R&R, one of the reissued singles, “Boogie Shoes”, failed to enter the survey for KC and the Sunshine Band. Additionally, the cut “More Than A Woman”, released by Tavares, charted in its original version by the Bee Gees from unsolicited airplay.) The uninterrupted 14-week run of three of its most classic numbers at #1 is just incredible.

City Of Angels

Alanis Morissette – “Uninvited” (July 3 – 10)
Goo Goo Dolls – “Iris” (July 17 – August 7)

Nearly two decades after the dancers cleared the disco, the seemingly impossible feat once again happened through the Warner Bros. Records release of the City Of Angels soundtrack. Though not the biggest compilation of 1998 (Titanic‘s soundtrack spent sixteen weeks at #1 versus its three), three of the set’s singles became bonafide CHR hits, including its two #1’s in a row. The six-week reign atop the pop radio chart was put to an end by another soundtrack’s big ballad: Armageddon‘s “I Don’t Want To Miss A Thing” by Aerosmith. Both Morissette and the trio would return to the top quickly with “Thank U” and “Slide”, respectively.

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