Wakanda Forever. The latest Marvel Cinematic Universe film Black Panther broke box-,office records in its first weekend, and now the soundtrack sits on the throne at the top of the Billboard 200 chart.
Black Panther: The Album was released February 9 and at the end of its first week had sold 154,000 album units, according to Nielsen Music, giving the album, which features music from Kendrick Lamar, the top spot. Lamar, along with his company Top Dawg Entertainment, also curated and produced the album, which includes music by James Blake, SZA, Khalid, and The Weeknd. In addition to producing the soundtrack of music from the film, Top Dawg Entertainment also hosted a free screening of Black Panther for kids from housing projects in the Watts neighborhood of Los Angeles.
The album isn't the first soundtrack of 2018 to hit #1 (The Greatest Showman sat at the top for two weeks in January), but the music of Black Panther did have the biggest opening weekend for a soundtrack in 18 months. The last soundtrack to have as big a weekend was also a superhero film -- Suicide Squad: The Album opened with 182,000 units back in August of 2016.
King T'Challa's reign has extended from Wakanda to dominate the rest of the world as well. Not only has Black Panther broken box-office records opening weekend and become one of the most successful superhero films of all time, but the film has also inspired activism.
Thank goodness the influence of Wakanda extends beyond technological advancements and has infiltrated our culture as well.