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A Star Is Reborn At No. 1 On This Week's Albums Chart

Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper’s soundtrack to A Star Is Born soundtrack debuts at No.

A Star Is Reborn At No. 1 On This Week's Albums Chart

By FYI Staff

Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper’s soundtrack to A Star Is Born soundtrack debuts at No. 1 on the Billboard Canadian Albums chart, with 18,000 equivalent units, earning the top sales and digital song download scores and the seventh highest on-demand stream total for the week.


A Star Is Born ranks as the second soundtrack to top the chart in 2018, following the Black Panther, and marks Lady Gaga’s third chart-topping album and first since 2011’s Born This Way.

The single “Shallow” spends its second week at the top of the Songs chart, with a 31% download increase, while three other songs from the album debut in the top ten.

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Twenty One Pilots’ Trench debuts at 2 with 11,000 equivalent units and is the American duo’s highest charting album to date, surpassing the No. 4 peak of 2015’s Blurryface.

Lil Baby’s Drip Harder debuts at 3, achieving the highest on-demand stream total and becoming the Atlanta rapper’s highest charting album to date, topping the No. 9 peak of his first charted release, Harder Than Ever, in May.

Eric Church’s Desperate Man debuts at 5. This is his fourth straight top ten and third consecutive top five album, following 2015’s No. 3 Mr. Understood.

Canadian classical pianist Alexandra Streliski (Secret City Records) scores her first top ten album as Inscape debuts at 8. Her 2010 album, Pianoscope, re-enters the chart, at 55.

Other debuts in the top 50 include:

US model turned rapper Sheck Wes’ Mudboy, 19;

Steve Perry’s Traces, at 35;

Quebec City folk singer Safia Nolin’s Dans Le Noir, at 38;

Aussie Christina sibling-duo For King & Country’s Burn The Ships, at 41;

and Quebec octogenarian Jean-Pierre Ferland’s Toutes Les Femmes De Ma Vie (that features a cast of many including Céline Dion, Isabelle Boulay, Lara Fabian, Nanette Workman, Florence K, and Diane Tell), at 48.

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-- All data courtesy of SoundScan with colour commentary provided by Nielsen Music Canada director, Paul Tuch

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Live Nation Antitrust Lawsuit Expected to Be Filed by DOJ on Thursday

The lawsuit is expected to charge that the concert giant has a monopoly on event ticketing through Ticketmaster.

A Department of Justice lawsuit against Live Nation for violating U.S. antitrust laws is imminent and could be filed as soon as Thursday (May 23), a source with knowledge of the DOJ’s plans tells Billboard.

The lawsuit is rumored to charge that Live Nation has a monopoly on event ticketing through Ticketmaster and that it illegally uses its monopoly power to grow its business and stifle competition. The DOJ has been investigating Live Nation for more than two years. With that investigation now wrapped, company president Joe Berchtold recently said he was hopeful his company would avoid a legal showdown with the DOJ’s top antitrust lawyer, Jonathan Kanter.

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