'Jersey Boys,' Frankie Valli Surge On Billboard 200
All things 'Jersey Boys' are red-hot, as two titles featuring the legendary sound storm the chart, with Valli and the 4 Seasons scoring their highest rank in decades
The stage musical about Frankie Valli and the 4 Seasons and its recently-released film adaptation stir sales gains on the Billboard 200 albums chart. Re-entering is the original Broadway cast recording of the show, while a greatest-hits album from the Valli and the 4 Seasons arrives in the top 50, marking each act's highest chart position in decades.
The movie version of the long-running Broadway show bowed June 20. Clint Eastwood directed the film, which finished as the No. 4 highest-grossing movie over the June 20-22 weekend in the U.S. and Canada, earning $13 million.
"The Very Best of Frankie Valli and the 4 Seasons" debuts at No. 41 with 6,000 copies sold in the week ending June 22 (up 457 percent), according to Nielsen SoundScan. It's the highest-charting set for either the 4 Seasons or Valli since 1976 and 1967, respectively.
Meanwhile, the Broadway show's cast album re-enters at No. 149 (2,000, up 72 percent). It's the best sales frame for the album since Dec. 23, 2012. "Jersey Boys" remains the fifth-largest-selling cast recording in SoundScan's 23-year history (1.4 million). The set has peaked at No. 85 in a 62-week run. On the Cast Albums chart, the set jumps 7-3, marking its best rank this year; on the chart since 2006, it's spent an astounding 78 weeks at No. 1.
Next week, the soundtrack to the "Jersey Boys" movie will arrive on the Billboard 200. Released June 23, it features music from both the film and the Broadway show. Industry sources forecast the album to sell around 15,000 copies in the week ending June 29. Such a start would likely translate to a top 25 debut on the Billboard 200; the chart will update on Billboard.com on July 3.