Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Hamilton soundtrack has some serious legs…
The 38-year-old Puerto Rican composer, lyricist, playwright and rapper’s Original Broadway Cast Recording, Hamilton: An American Musical reaches a landmark of longevity on the Billboard 200, as it spends a 150th week on the chart.
In the last 50 years, only three other cast albums have spent at least 150 weeks on the tally: the highlights edition of the original London cast recording of The Phantom of the Opera (331 weeks between 1990 and 1996), the full original London cast recording of Phantom(255 weeks between 1987 and 1993) and the original Broadway cast recording of Hair (151 weeks between 1968 and 1971).
Hamiltonhas never ranked lower than No. 60 in its 150 weeks on the list and has spent the past 132 weeks lodged in the top 40. It peaked at No. 3 on the tally dated July 2, 2016.
Through August 9, the album has earned 3.34 million equivalent album units, of which 1.6 million are in traditional album sales, according to Nielsen Music. The set has generated 2.23 billion on-demand audio streams for its tracks.
The Billboard 200 chart ranks the week’s most popular albums based on their overall consumption. That overall unit figure combines pure album sales, track equivalent albums (TEA) and streaming equivalent albums (SEA).