Given how huge Nirvana was during their brief but storied tenure, Kurt Cobain is no stranger to seeing his music dominate the charts. Two of their three studio albums, Nevermind and In Utero, reached No. 1 on the Billboard 200, and so did their live albums MTV Unplugged in New York and From the Muddy Banks of the Wishkah. Their debut album, Bleach, hit No. 89 when it was re-released, and their iconic single, “Smells Like Teen Spirit,” peaked at (surprisingly, only) No. 6.
Given his dedication to the band and relatively short career, Cobain never had a solo project race up the charts… until now.
You probably heard about the Cobain documentary Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck that was released earlier this year. Well, the accompanying soundtrack album, Montage of Heck: The Home Recordings, was released on November 13, and on the most recent soundtracks chart, the album was No. 1, with 5,000 copies sold.
The album contains demos that Cobain made separately from the band, and is his first ever solo release, albeit posthumously. Also on the record are covers, like Cobain’s rendition of “And I Love Her” by The Beatles, and some comedy sketches, which are less Tenacious D and more the sarcastic, tongue-in-cheek humor for which Cobain was known.
The soundtrack album isn’t the only source of money for the Cobain estate recently: The green sweater he’s wearing in the photo above, during the MTV Unplugged set, recently sold at an auction for an exorbitant amount of money.
Featured image courtesy of MTV