Paul Walker tribute sets Spotify record, drives Furious 7 soundtrack to top of Billboard chart

LOS ANGELES (REUTERS) - An emotional tribute song to the late actor Paul Walker in Fast & Furious 7 drove the movie's soundtrack to the top of the weekly Billboard 200 album chart on Wednesday.

The soundtrack, which features Wiz Khalifa and Charlie Puth's song See You Again, sold 45,000 albums and 583,000 songs, and was streamed 11.6 million times in the past week, for a total of 111,000 units, according to figures from Nielsen SoundScan.

It also climbed into the top spot from No. 2 on the Billboard chart.

The movie has made more than US$252 million at the American box office since its April 3 release and features the final on-screen appearance by Walker, who died in a car crash in 2013 before filming was completed.

At Sunday's televised MTV Movie Awards, Vin Diesel remembered his co-star Walker on stage and sang the chorus of See You Again, in one of the night's more poignant moments.

The following day, the song set a record after being streamed 4.2 million times on Spotify, the most for a song in a single day, the online music platform said on Wednesday.

Between April 6 and 12, See You Again became Spotify's most-streamed song in a single week with 21.9 million plays.

The song also held the top spot on the Digital Songs chart, with 464,000 downloads last week.

The Billboard 200 chart tallies album sales, song sales (10 songs equal one album) and streaming activity (1,500 streams equal one album).