Suicide Squad is first soundtrack to be US No 1 for 18 months

The soundtrack featuring Twenty One Pilots and Skrillex is biggest-selling album for weeks

The soundtrack for Suicide Squad has become the first soundtrack for 18 months to reach No 1 in the US.

The soundtrack, which features new songs by the likes of Twenty One Pilots, Panic At The Disco and Skrillex & Rick Ross, is the first film soundtrack to top the Billboard Hot 200 since Pitch Perfect 2 in May 2015.

Sales of 128,000 in its opening week meant Suicide Squad is also the best-selling soundtrack since 50 Shades Of Grey, which sold 210,000 copies in February 2015.

The last album of any kind in the US to sell more in a week than Suicide Squad was Blink-182’s comeback album ‘California’, which sold 172,000 copies in its first week on sale in July.

Suicide Squad leapfrogged over [a]Drake, whose ‘Views’ remains at No 2, while Christian rock band Skillet get their third US Top 10 album as ‘Unleashed’ enters at No 3.

Country singer Blake Shelton climbs to No 4, while ‘Now 59’ enters at No 5, meaning all 59 Now albums have reached the Top 10. The series was launched in the US in 1998, 15 years after the first Now album in the UK.

Last week’s No 1 album by DJ Khaled falls to No 7, while DJ Snake’s debut album ‘Encore’ is the other Top 10 new entry at No 8.