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‘Hamilton’ Charts at No. 2 on Billboard 200, Is Highest-Charting Cast Album Since 1969

‘Hamilton’ Charts at No. 2 on Billboard 200, Is Highest-Charting Cast Album Since 1969

  • 'Hamilton' original cast album charts at No. 2 on Billboard 200 after its film release on Disney+, becoming the highest-charting cast album since 'Hair' in 1969.

Hamilton continues to blow us all away. Since the live-capture of the hit Broadway production Hamilton was released on Disney+ on July 3, the original Broadway cast recording of Hamilton: An American Musical has peaked at No. 2 on Billboard 200 albums chart, becoming the highest-charting cast album since 1969, according to Billboard.

The Billboard 200 chart ranks the most popular albums of the week on multi-metric consumption as measured in equivalent album units based in the US. Hamilton previously peaked at No. 3 when released on July 2, 2016, and remained tied with the Broadway cast recording of The Book of Mormon as the highest-charting cast album since 1969.

Now, Hamilton has surpassed its rank to chart at No. 2 and claim to be the highest-charting cast album since the original cast album of Hair spent 13 weeks at No. 1 on the chart in 1969.  

According to Nielsen Music/MRC Data, the album earned 102,000 equivalent album units in the U.S. in the week ending July 9, where 32,000 of that sum totaled album sales. The breakout show has been the sole production to have sold at least 32,000 copies of its musical cast recordings in a single week six times since its debut. It has sold over 1.97 million copies in the US.

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The set has remained on the chart since its debut over 250 weeks, competing with the longest run on the chart with the highlight’s edition of the cast album of The Phantom of the Opera, which Billboard reports to have logged over 331 weeks on the list between 1990 and 1996.

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