WWF The Music, Vol. 3

WWF The Music, Vol. 3 is a soundtrack album by WWE (then known as the World Wrestling Federation, or WWF). Released on December 19, 1998 by Koch Records, it features entrance theme music of various WWF superstars, all of which were composed and performed by Jim Johnston (with the exception of one song, performed by Insane Clown Posse). The album was a commercial success, charting at number ten on the US Billboard 200.

WWF The Music, Vol. 3
Soundtrack album by
ReleasedDecember 19, 1998 (1998-12-19)
GenreSoundtrack
Length47:20
LabelKoch
ProducerJim Johnston
World Wrestling Federation chronology
WWF The Music, Vol. 2
(1997)
WWF The Music, Vol. 3
(1998)
WWF The Music, Vol. 4
(1999)

Composition

All songs on WWF The Music, Vol. 3 were credited as being written, composed and performed by WWE composer Jim Johnston, with the exception of the entrance theme for The Oddities, which was credited to hip hop duo Insane Clown Posse.[1] Music website AllMusic categorised the album as heavy metal.[2]

Reception

Commercial

WWF The Music, Vol. 3 was a commercial success. In the US, the album reached number ten on the US Billboard 200; in Canada, it reached number eight on the Canadian Albums Chart.[3] It was certified platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America, indicating sales of over a million units.[4] The album also reached number 97 on the UK Albums Chart.[5] WWF The Music, Vol. 3 was the first WWE album to sell a million copies, spent 30 weeks on the Billboard 200 and had sold a total of 1.21 million copies as of April 2002.[6]

Critical

Music website AllMusic awarded the album one and a half out of five stars. Writer Becky Byrkit described it as "a truly marginal collectable," sarcastically declaring that "this record is to real music what the [WWE] is to real sports."[2]

Track listing

All tracks are written by Jim Johnston, except where noted.

No.TitleLength
1."Undertaker"3:33
2."Edge"3:14
3."X-Pac"3:09
4."Dude Love"3:05
5."Kane"3:10
6."The Rock"3:12
7."Gangrel/The Brood"3:39
8."Ken Shamrock"3:40
9."Oddities" (composed and performed by Insane Clown Posse)3:38
10."D-Generation X"2:48
11."Sable"3:53
12."New Age Outlaws"3:06
13."Val Venis"3:35
14."Stone Cold Steve Austin"3:38
Total length:47:20

Charts

Chart (1998) Peak
position
Canadian Albums Chart (Billboard)[3] 8
UK Albums Chart (OCC)[5] 97
US Billboard 200[3] 10

Certifications

Region Certification Sales/shipments
Canada (MC)[7] Platinum 80,000^
United States (RIAA)[4] Platinum 1,210,000[6]
^shipments figures based on certification alone

See also

References

  1. WWF The Music, Vol. 3 (Media notes). World Wrestling Federation. Entertainment One Music. 1998.CS1 maint: others (link)
  2. Byrkit, Becky. "World Wrestling Federation: The Music, Vol. 3 - Various Artists". AllMusic. Retrieved October 6, 2015.
  3. "World Wrestling Federation: The Music, Vol. 3 - Various Artists: Awards". AllMusic. Retrieved October 6, 2015.
  4. "RIAA Gold & Platinum Search "Wrestling"". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved October 6, 2015.
  5. "James A Johnston". Official Charts Company. Retrieved October 5, 2015.
  6. Basham, David (April 5, 2002). "Got Charts? Wrestling With WWF LPs; Breaking Records With Celine". MTV. Retrieved October 6, 2015.
  7. "Gold/Platinum Search "WWF"". Music Canada. Retrieved October 6, 2015.
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