Critics be damned, because Suicide Squad has just crossed another major milestone. The Suicide Squad soundtrack has officially gone Gold, meaning that it has sold 500,000 copies. Not only that, but Atlantic Records has decided to release a collector's edition of Suicide Squad: The Album, which is available on iTunes starting today.
Atlantic Records president of film & TV Kevin Weaver took to his Instagram account to officially congratulate everyone on the Suicide Squad soundtrack being certified Gold. What's more is that he stated that Suicide Squad: The Album is the only soundtrack to go Gold in 2016 so far, having done so in just six weeks. Apparently David Ayer and everyone involved with the music for the movie made quite the enjoyable mixtape.
If you aren't one of the 500,000 or so people who has purchased a copy of the Suicide Squad soundtrack just yet, you may very well have been rewarded for waiting. Just as the news broke that the album had crossed the milestone, a collector's edition of the Suicide Squad: The Album was made available for purchase. The new version of the soundtrack includes three songs that were not included on the original release: "Super Freak" by Rick James, "Spirit in the Sky" by Norman Greenbaum and "I'd Rather Go Blind" by Etta James. In addition, the collector's edition of Suicide Squad: The Album also features the theatrical version of "Gangsta" by Kehlani, which was played during the scene where The Joker and Harley Quinn fall into the large chemical container.
Not only has the Suicide Squad soundtrack sold very well, but the movie itself has done quite well at the box office. Despite getting trashed by critics upon arrival, Suicide Squad has managed to bring in $721 million worldwide. Considering the movie featured a lot of largely unknown characters and was following in the footsteps of the much-maligned Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice, that is pretty impressive. It looks like the strategy of including a bunch of popular songs alongside original score paid off quite nicely for Suicide Squad, much like it did for Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy. The soundtrack for that movie, Guardians of the Galaxy: Awesome Mix Vol. 1, sold more than 1 million copies and has been certified Platinum. Suicide Squad: The Album and Awesome Mix Vol. 1 even share a song in common with "Spirit in the Sky."
As of right now it looks like the collector's edition of the Suicide Squad soundtrack is only available on iTunes, but it seems very likely it will see some sort of hard copy release. Perhaps it will get a limited edition vinyl release, as has been the trend with popular movie soundtracks lately. You can check out the theatrical version of "Gangsta" by Kehlani for yourself below.