Marvel's GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY Awesome Mix Vol. 1 Soundtrack Debuts in Top 5 of Billboard 200
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Hollywood Records and Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy Awesome Mix Vol. 1 soundtrack debuted at No. 3 on The Billboard 200 album chart, scanning 60,000 units, according to Nielsen SoundScan. Released on July 29, 2014, Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy Awesome Mix Vol. 1 soundtrack features classic 1970s songs from the film including Blue Swede's "Hooked on a Feeling," "I'm Not in Love" by 10cc, Redbone's "Come and Get Your Love," and The Runaways' "Cherry Bomb."
Released domestically August 1 with $94.3 million in its first weekend, Marvel's "Guardians of the Galaxy" set a new all-time opening record for the month of August and earned the third biggest opening of 2014.
Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy Awesome Mix Vol. 1 peaked at #1 on iTunes' Top Albums and Top Soundtrack charts and was #1 (overall) in 22 countries. At Amazon.com the album peaked at #2 in overall Digital Music, #5 in Music, #1 in Soundtrack and #4 in Pop.
The label also launched unique promotions with Shazam and Spotify for the film and soundtrack. When a fan Shazams the end credits of the film, they are given custom experiences including details on each song and video content featuring a greeting from director James Gunn and a featurette with music moments from Marvel's "Guardians of the Galaxy" with commentary from Gunn and Chris Pratt on music's role in the film.
The Guardians Of The Galaxy Awesome Mixtape Generator utilizes Spotify's API to allow fans to create their own Awesome Mixtape using Spotify's 25M song catalog and share the playlist via their socials. Fans can create their Awesome Mixtape here:http://awesomemixtape.marvel.com.
Music plays a major role in Marvel's "Guardians of the Galaxy" as the 1970s songs featured in the film are part of the storyline in a unique way. Explaining how the songs come to play in the story, director James Gunn says, "One of the main story points in the movie is that Quill has this compilation tape [Awesome Mix #1] that he got from his mother before she died that she made for him. It was of songs that she loved, all songs from the 1970s, and that's the only thing he has left of his mother and that's the only thing he has left of his home on Earth. He uses that as a connection to his past and to the sadness that he feels of having left all that and lost all that."
From Marvel, the studio that brought you the global blockbuster franchises of Iron Man, Thor, Captain America and The Avengers, comes a new teamthe Guardians of the Galaxy.An action-packed, epic space adventure,Marvel's"Guardians of the Galaxy" expands the Marvel Cinematic Universe into the cosmos, where brash adventurer Peter Quill finds himself the object of an unrelenting bounty hunt after stealing a mysterious orb coveted by Ronan, a powerful villain with ambitions that threaten the entire universe.To evade the ever-persistent Ronan, Quill is forced into an uneasy truce with a quartet of disparate misfitsRocket, a gun-toting raccoon, Groot, a tree-like humanoid, the deadly and enigmatic Gamora and the revenge-driven Drax the Destroyer. But when Quill discovers the true power of the orb and the menace it poses to the cosmos, he must do his best to rally his ragtag rivals for a last, desperate standwith the galaxy's fate in the balance.