The soundtrack to the highly-anticipated Halo 4 debuted at number 50 on the Billboard chart this week — the highest spot ever for a video game soundtrack.
The Halo 4 soundtrack sold 9,000 copies in its first week, putting it at number 50 on the U.S. Billboard 200 charts. It also debuted at number three on the Billboard Soundtracks chart and number nine on the independent albums chart.
Halo 4‘s soundtrack was produced by Neil Davidge, co-producer of electronic group Massive Attack.
Just as Halo moved to a new developer, from Bungie to 343 Industries, this was Davidge’s first time working on Halo‘s score.
“It was an honor to compose and produce the ‘Halo 4’ score,” said Davidge. “I am so proud of the way the OST has turned out and to have had the opportunity to evolve the great legacy of ‘Halo’ music.”
It comes out a week before the newest tale in the Halo saga, which has already sold 1.17 million copies just through preorder.
Previous Halo soundtracks also performed well on the Billboard charts; Halo 2 reached number 12 on the Soundtracks chart in 2004. That soundtrack also holds the sales record for a game for copies sold in one week.
Previously, the only game soundtrack to make it on the Billboard 200 was Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock – Companion Pack at 107.