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"Guardians of the Galaxy" Soundtrack, Featuring David Bowie Gem and '70s Hits, Reaches #1 on "Billboard" Chart

Hollywood Records/Disney Music GroupA lot of people bought the soundtrack to the movie Guardians of the Galaxy in the past week.  The album, subtitled Awesome Mix Vol. 1 and featuring a variety of songs from the 1970s, is the new #1 disc on the Billboard 200 chart, after selling 109,000 copies.

The soundtrack to the Marvel movie, which debuted at #3 last week, experienced an 83-percent increase in sales this past week, according to Nielsen SoundScan, leading to its rise to the top.  It's the second soundtrack to top the chart this year, after Disney's Frozen.  Marvel and ABC News are both owned by Disney.

What's especially notable about the album is that it's the first-ever soundtrack to hit #1 that's made up of previously released songs.  Nearly every track is from the '70s -- including the David Bowie gem "Moonage Daydream," as well as hits by a variety of other artists from the period.  Among the latter tunes: The Jackson 5's "I Want You Back," Norman Greenbaum's "Spirit in the Sky," 10cc's "I'm Not in Love," The Raspberries' "Go All the Way" and Elvin Bishop's "Fooled Around and Fell in Love."

What's also notable is that all of the songs on the Guardians of the Galaxy soundtrack are part of the film: they all appear on a mixtape that the main character's mother gave him, a cassette that he loves so much, he risks his life more than once to retrieve it.

In other Billboard chart news, last week's top two highest-charting albums, Tom Petty & the Heatbreakers' Hypnotic Eye and Eric Clapton's The Breeze: An Appreciation of JJ Cale, both remain in in the top 10.  Hypnotic Eye, Petty's first-ever chart-topper, dropped from #1 to #6, while The Breeze fell from #2 to #7.

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