Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Hamilton is proving its endurance…
The original Broadway cast recording of the 40-year-old Puerto Rican Broadway star’s Hamilton: An American Musical has surged to a new peak on the Billboard 200 albums chart, as the set rises from No. 14 to No. 2 in the wake of the show’s Disney+ premiere on July 3.
The Grammy-winning album earned 102,000 equivalent album units (up 294 percent) in the U.S. in the week ending July 9, according to Nielsen Music/MRC Data. Of that sum, 32,000 are in album sales (up 592 percent).
The last cast recording to reach the top two on the chart was the original cast album of Hair, which spent 13 weeks at No. 1 in 1969.
Until this week, Hamilton was tied with the original Broadway cast recording of The Book of Mormon as the highest charting cast album since 1969, as Mormonpeaked at No. 3 in 2011.
The set previously peaked at No. 3 on the July 2, 2016-dated chart, following the 2016 Tony Awards, where the musical won 11 prizes, including best musical.
The Billboard 200 chart ranks the most popular albums of the week in the U.S. based on multi-metric consumption as measured in equivalent album units. Units comprise album sales, track equivalent albums (TEA) and streaming equivalent albums (SEA). The new July 18-dated chart will be posted in full on Billboard‘s website on July 14.
Of Hamilton’s unit haul of 102,000 for the week, 67,000 are in SEA units (equating to 90.41 million on-demand streams for the set’s tracks – easily the biggest streaming week ever for a cast recording), 32,000 are in album sales, and 4,000 are in TEA units.
Hamiltoncelebrates its 250th week on the Billboard 200 chart. The set has never left the tally since its debut at No. 12 on the October 17, 2015-dated list. That’s the longest run by any cast album since the highlights edition of the original London cast recording of The Phantom of the Opera, which has logged 331 weeks on the list between 1990 and 1996.
With 102,000 equivalent album units earned, Hamilton tallies the biggest week for any cast recording since Billboard and Nielsen Music/MRC Data began tracking albums by units in December 2014. Hamilton beats its own record, as it previously held the biggest week, by units, for a cast album since December 2014 – when it net 62,000 units on the July 2, 2016-dated chart.
So far, Hamilton has sold 1.97 million copies in the U.S. After being certified 6 times platinum by the RIAA in 2019, Hamilton became the best-selling cast album of all time. It won the Grammy for Best Musical Theater Album.