This week, "The Phantom of the Opera" continues to haunt the Billboard charts as the musical show's sequel, "Love Never Dies," enters the spotlight.

The cast recording of the new Andrew Lloyd Webber musical -- the sequel to Broadway's longest-running show -- debuts at No. 82 on the Billboard 200 chart and at No. 1 on the Top Cast Albums tally. It sold 7,000 copies in the U.S. in the week ending March 14 according to Nielsen SoundScan.

While the new show officially opened in London on March 9, it isn't slated to reach Broadway until November. In turn, "Love" earns the best debut sales week for a cast album from a show that has yet to play in the U.S. since SoundScan began tracking sales in 1991.

It also nets the highest SoundScan debut sales week for any cast album since September 2008 when the 2008 Broadway cast recording of "Gypsy" debuted at No. 58 on the Billboard 200 and at No. 1 on Top Cast Albums with 8,000.

"Love Never Dies" has some big shoes to fill. Since 1991, the highlights album of the original London cast recording of "The Phantom of the Opera" has sold 4.9 million copies in the U.S. -- making the 1988 release the best-selling cast album in the SoundScan-era. (The full-length cast recording, released in 1987, has sold 2.8 million since 1991.)

Both titles are also certified as having each shipped 4 million units in the U.S. according to the Recording Industry Association of America.