One thing that is interesting about movie hits and the charts of the 1960's is that some songs became hits well after the movie premiered; while other hits rode the charts while the movie was still out and popular. I guess it didn't occur to Hollywood that having a hit song out at the same time as a movie would be great free publicity until it became more common place in the 1970's & '80's.
I wonder if the themse to the recent Disney owned Star Wars movies aren't getting CHR Top 40 airplay nor AC airplay?
Also: I don't think the remake of the Beatles' "Come Togehter" from the Justice League movie ever made Ryan Seacrest's AT40 chart last Fall 2017. And was there a song from the Fall 2017 My Little Pony the Movie soundtrack that was considered for CHR but not making noise?
Post by lasvegaskid on Jan 25, 2019 18:33:54 GMT -5
Movies used to open on a few dozen screens in major markets and spread through the country via word of mouth. As a result, they used to be in theaters for months, providing exposure for the music the whole time.
Now studios throw everything into getting a big opening weekend number, showing on thousands of screens. If the flick is decent, it might hang in the movie charts for another week or two and then it is off to DVD or streaming. I think any soundtrack chart action nowadays is a result of that streaming. By the time a song would breakout on radio today, the movie would be long out of theaters.
By the time I saw Saturday Night Fever, BeeGees were on their 3rd soundtrack single.
Post by Michael1973 on Jan 31, 2019 12:21:50 GMT -5
Also, it seems like it's a lot less common for movies to feature full-length songs anymore (excluding music-themed films like A Star Is Born). In the 80s, big hit movies would have scenes where you heard an entire song. Not so much today.