‘Hunger Games’ tops album chart

Soundtrack to Lionsgate pic debuts at No. 1

On the heels of the $155 million domestic theatrical opening for “The Hunger Games,” pic’s accompanying soundtrack bows at No. 1 on the U.S. album chart this week.

The Universal Republic set – formally titled “The Hunger Games: Songs From District 12 and Beyond” — claimed the top spot with a 175,000-unit debut frame, according to Nielsen SoundScan figures for the week ending March 25.

The T Bone Burnett-produced soundtrack for Gary Ross’ youth-oriented dystopian actioner, based on Suzanne Collins’ bestselling novel, features tracks by Taylor Swift, Arcade Fire, Maroon 5, the Civil Wars and others.

Chart-topping move for Universal Music Group’s collection breaks a 12-week hold by Sony Music Entertainment titles on the chart pinnacle so far this year.

Adele’s “21” (Columbia) remained cemented at No. 2 for a third week, toting up another 130,000 copies (down 13%). Now in its 57th chart week, the English vocalist’s mega-selling sophomore studio set has shifted 8.36 million to date.

Columbia notched another top-five debut with the Shins’ “Port of Morrow,” which entered at No. 3 with 74,000 moved out of the box. The alt-rock unit’s last release, 2007’s “Wincing the Night Away” (on Seattle’s Sub Pop), debuted at No. 2.

Another Columbia release, Brit boy band One Direction’s “Up All Night,” fell three positions to No. 4 after last week’s No. 1 debut, moving 55,000 (down 69%).

Hard-edged L.A. hip-hop posse Odd Future’s studio debut “The OF Tape V2” arrived at No. 5 with a 40,000-copy stanza. Act’s self-released set is handled by Sony’s indie arm RED Distribution.

Rocker Bruce Springsteen’s “Wrecking Ball” (Columbia), another former No. 1 debut, slipped two positions to No. 6 in its third week with 37,000 sold (down 35%).

Canadian R&B singer Melanie Fiona’s sophomore collection “The MF Life” (Universal Republic) entered at No. 7 behind sales of 34,000. Vocalist’s 2009 debut “The Bridge” peaked at No. 27. She scored a top 10 R&B hit, “4 AM,” last year.

The Capitol-distributed “Now 41” hits compilation held steady at No. 8 with a 31,000-unit week, gaining 7%. The late Whitney Houston’s “Greatest Hits” (Arista/Sony) fell three slots to No. 9 with 28,000 sold (off 37%).

Rounding out the top 10 is jazz-pop vocalist-bassist Esperanza Spalding’s “Radio Music Society” (Heads Up International), which reached No. 10 with a 25,000-unit debut week. It’s a personal best for the 2011 best new artist Grammy winner: She topped out at No. 34 behind the award with her third solo release, 2010’s “Chamber Music Society.”

Next week’s chart should witness formidable debuts by Madonna’s “MDNA” and Lionel Richie’s set of country collaborations “Tuskegee,” both of which reached stores Monday.

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