Disney’s ‘Descendants’ Soundtrack Marks Record Low Sales For Chart-Topping Album

Robbie Daw | August 10, 2015 10:33 am
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In January 2006, High School Musical, directed by Kenny Ortega, debuted on the Disney Channel to record ratings, and its soundtrack went on to become the best-seller as far as TV movies are concerned. (It currently stands at nearly 5 million in sales.)

But what a difference nine years makes. Disney’s latest TV movie outing, Descendants, premiered on July 31 and posted decent ratings. (The kids-of-Disney-villains-themed flick was watched by 6.6 million people in real time, and by 10.5 million when DVR views were factored in.) And while the soundtrack to this latest Kenny Ortega/Disney Channel collaboration did debut at #1 on the Billboard 200 this week, it did so with a woeful 30,000 copies sold — the lowest sales figure, Billboard reports, for a #1 album since Nielsen Music began tallying up the charts’ rankings in 1991.

At least Amos Lee can finally breathe a sigh of relief, as his 2011 album Mission Bell had the dubious honor of previously racking up the lowest sales for a chart-topping LP (40,000) until Descendants came along.

The Top 10 of the Billboard 200:

1. Soundtrack, Descendants *new* *1 week*
2. Future, DS2
3. Taylor Swift, 1989
4. Ed Sheeran, x
5. Jill Scott, Woman
6. Sam Hunt, Montevallo
7. Lil Dicky, Professional Rapper *new*
8. Twenty One Pilots, Blurryface
9. Led Zeppelin, In Through The Out Door *re-entry*
10. Drake, If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late

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