- Jun 13, 2018
The soundtrack to the 2017 video game Cuphead was the No. 1 album in the Billboard Jazz Charts this week. (Photo: Courtesy StudioMDHR) While many may have wagered to guess which album would have dethroned Michael Buble for the No. 1 spot on the Billboard Chart this week, few would have thought...
While many may have wagered to guess which album would have dethroned Michael Buble for the No. 1 spot on the Billboard Chart this week, few would have thought that the feat would be accomplished by a video game soundtrack Yes, you read that sentence correctly. Selected Songs from StudioMDHR’s Cuphead: Don’t Deal with the Devil has dethroned Buble’s perennial chart-topper Love to become the No. 1 jazz album on Billboard. And while jazz fans might be scratching their heads as to what, exactly, Cuphead is, video game fans are far less surprised. The game, which was released in 2017 on Microsoft Windows and X-Box One, features the characters Cuphead and Mugman as they complete various challenges and battle increasingly difficult bosses. Graphically, it was designed using the “wet noodle” style of animation prevalent in Disney and Fleischer cartoons of the 1930s. Also contributing to that aesthetic is the game’s soundtrack, which was performed by an 18-piece orchestra and scored by Canadian percussionist Kristofer Maddigan, who won a Juno Award (the Canadian equivalent of a Grammy) for the effort in 2018.