Per its name, The Billboard 200 is a weekly list of the 200 highest-selling albums in the U.S. The official soundtrack for Halo: Reach debuted at No. 157 for the past week, the best mark ever for the franchise.

Past Halo soundtracks have also hit Billboard's 200 - Halo 2 got up to 162 in 2004; Halo 3 spent just one week at 200 in 2007, and Halo 3: ODST spent one week at 179 last year.


Billboard notes that all sales of the Halo: Reach soundtrack so far are digital-only; the album's physical release is on Sept. 28.

But it is the first Halo soundtrack to crack the top 10 on Billboard's Soundtracks rankings, debuting at No. 8.

Weekly Chart Notes: Bruno Mars, Rihanna, "Halo" [Billboard]