RCA Nashville’s release of the original motion picture soundtrack to Country Strong vaulted up the album sales charts last week, landing at #3 on Billboard’s Top Country Albums chart and #10 on the all-genre Billboard 200. With sales in excess of 28,000 albums last week according to Nielsen SoundScan, the soundtrack has soared following the excitement surrounding the release of the feature film, which opened nationally on January 7, starring Gwyneth Paltrow, Tim McGraw, Leighton Meester, and Garrett Hedlund.
Paltrow’s performance as singer Kelly Canter has already been building soundtrack buzz with the title track first single currently Top-30-and-climbing at country radio. The digital single for “Country Strong” also more than doubled its prior week sales, with more than 32,000 downloads according to Nielsen SoundScan.
All four film stars contribute songs to the original soundtrack, with one song each from Hedlund and Meester. Paltrow sings four tracks on the album, including “Country Strong” and a duet with McGraw on the song “Me And Tennessee.”