'Twilight' soundtrack: How did those vampire tunes get the charts back in their chilly grip?

Twilight_dlThe Twilight soundtrack has been languishing toward the bottom of the Billboard 200‘s top 20 for some time now — only to leap back with preternatural speed and agility to No. 3 this week. How’d it swing that? First, a special edition of the soundtrack came out, with bonus goodies including a live clip of that one Iron & Wine song, the music video for Paramore’s "Decode," an interview with Paramore singer Hayley Williams, and, er, a "Beyond the Video" clip for Paramore’s "Decode." Oh, and Twilight the movie came out on DVD over the weekend. Those two factors combined were enough to persuade 74,000 fans to buy the soundtrack for the first, second, or Nth time, according to Nielsen SoundScan, beating out everyone else last week but Kelly Clarkson (at No. 1 with 90,000) and U2 (at No. 2).

Other notable chart performances came from Atlanta rapper Gorilla Zoe, at No. 8 with 31,000 copies sold of his second album; Insane Clown Posse spawn Twiztid, at No. 11 with 23,000; divisive indie-rockers the Decemberists, at No. 14 with 19,000 units moved the week before their official physical release date, nearly all through iTunes; and metalheads Static-X, at No. 16 with 19,000 as well. Also of interest: Carrie Underwood vaulted all the way from No. 42 to No. 15 this week, selling 19,000 on the strength of an return to at her old stomping grounds on American Idol.

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  • Elizabeth

    “Supermassive Black Hole” by Muse – I bought the Twilight soundtrack out of, um, obligation, but I’ve been all about that song since then and proceeded to go get all the Muse I could.

  • crispy

    That song came out like 4 years ago. So now all the Twilight retards are gonna ruin Muse too? Great.

  • Heather

    Hey, Crispy, I’m sure Muse is loving Twilight right now because we are making them some money. And what have we exactly ruined that I am not aware of?

  • crispy

    You’re right, Heather. Muse only makes music to earn money.
    And Twilight ruined EW for starters.

  • Elizabeth

    I love music snobs…

  • Heather

    I love when people misquote me. That is not what I said. And if you knew anything, Muse has actually been promoting Twilight and sponsored contests. Not everyone despises Twilight. Obviously, including EW. If you dislike EW and Twilight so much, go to another site.

  • Susa

    I LOVE Twilight, and the soundtrack is amazing!!!

  • hayley

    love the move

  • kerri

    that soundtrack. It’s full of great music and songs that have a twisted haunting sound to it. Like, Blue foundation, the song Fire and Ice is just slightly off. And The Black Ghosts, Full moon is worth a listen! It fits wonderfuly with Vampires.

  • Shamrock

    Oh great, the music section was one place I thought I could come to escape Twilight. Damn you EW.

  • FSUGIS

    Best Buy ran a deal on buying the movie and the cd…that’s why it did well

  • bella

    i love the black ghosts,muse,and iron & wine, that’s very great music. i like full moon by black ghosts better than supermassive black hole by muse, but actually i love that all

  • Denise lopez

    I love twilight it is the best movie of the year and best vampire movie.

    • TwiztedMannix

      It’s not a vampire movie. they burst in sunlight, not glitter

  • nunnya

    I love Flightless Bird and Supermassive Blackhole! Thank you SM for introducing me to Muse!

  • Jack

    Twilight? isn’t that the name of a U2 song off their debut album? (Boy)

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