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Faces & names: ‘Guardians’ soundtrack tops charts with oldies

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The soundtrack to Marvel blockbuster “Guardians of the Galaxy” has reached the top spot on the Billboard 200 chart. It’s the second movie soundtrack to do so this year, following the success of “Frozen.”

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Billboard reports the album sold 109,000 copies last week, according to Nielsen SoundScan. The sales are up 83 percent from the 60,000 units sold in its first week of release earlier this month.

“Awesome Mix,” a title derived directly from the film in which Chris Pratt’s character risks his life to save an old cassette player and tape to preserve his last connection to Earth, consists of 12 songs from the ‘60s and ‘70s. 11 were featured in the film.

The success marks the first time a soundtrack consisting entirely of previously released songs has topped the chart.

“Awesome Mix” contains of a number of singles that climbed the Billboard Hot 100 upon their initial release, including the Jackson 5’s “I Want You Back” and Blue Swede’s “Hooked on a Feeling.”

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