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Guardians of the Galaxy

GO ALL THE WAY: Disney’s Guardians of the Galaxy is off to a phenomenal start (earning a huge $11.2m in its late-night bow, an August record that may presage a $100m weekend), and so is the classic-rock-filled soundtrack album, which is conceived as an old-school mix tape. Awesome Mix, Vol. 1, on Marvel Music/DMG, has vaulted to #1 at iTunes in the U.S. and four other territories and Top 10 in many others. With nostalgic chestnuts like Blue Swede's "Hooked on a Feeling," The Raspberries' "Go All the Way" and Rupert Holmes' "Escape (The Pia Colada Song)," not to mention stone intergalactic classics by Bowie, the Jackson 5, Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell and 10cc, among others, it's looking like an ideal inter-generational pleasure to accompany this superhero blockbuster; via the flick, kids will learn the songs their folks already love. It may not turn out to be a two-pronged pop-cultural phenomenon like Frozen, but it’s definitely a something. Stay tuned, and practice your air-guitar moves. (8/1a)

BATTLE OF THE
HITS LIST STARS
Celebrity faceoff (6/24a)
CHART FINAL: DRAKE'S DANCE VICTORY
Drizzy's fox trot (6/24a)
SOULFUL NOIR
Today's quiet storm (6/24a)
COOPER PLANS TO DEPART WMG IN '23
See ya later, alligator. (6/23a)
NEAR TRUTHS: FROM THE MOUNTAINTOPS
I.B. Bad surveys the landscape. (6/22a)
SUPERSTAR RELEASES
Who's next?
MUSIC BIZ SPECIAL
It's Comic-Con for numbers geeks.
THE BIG CHEESE
Theories of evolution from 30,000 feet.
THE NEXT GIANT DEAL
A&R in overdrive.
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