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Billboard 200 Chart Moves: 'Hamilton' Hits Half-Million in U.S. Album Sales

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Lin-Manuel Miranda and creative team during the Broadway opening night performance of Hamilton at the Richard Rodgers Theatre on Aug. 6, 2015 in New York City. 

On the most recent Billboard 200 albums chart (dated July 9) Drake’s Views remained atop the list for an eighth consecutive week, earning 124,000 equivalent album units in the week ending June 23. Red Hot Chili PeppersThe Getaway bowed in the No. 2 position with 118,000 units, while YG’s Still Brazy and Mumford & SonsJohannesburg EP also debuted in the top 10.

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).

Let’s take a closer look at some of the action on the chart:

Original Broadway Cast Recording, Hamilton – No. 4 – The recent 11-time Tony Award winner slips one position to No. 4, but crosses the half-million sales mark in the U.S. The set sold another 32,000 copies in the week ending June 23, bringing its cumulative total to 522,000. Hamilton is the No. 12 largest-selling cast recording in the U.S. since Nielsen Music began tracking sales in 1991. (Only 12 cast albums have sold a half-million copies in the U.S. since 1991.) Hamilton is also the biggest selling cast album released in more than 10 years. The last cast recording released with greater sales is the original Broadway cast recording of Jersey Boys, which bowed on Nov. 1, 2005 and has sold 1.4 million to date.

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Case/Lang/Veirs, Case/Lang/Veirs – No. 33 — The trio of Neko Case, k.d. lang and Laura Veirs arrives with their appropriately titled collaborative set, Case/Lang/Veirs. With the bow, lang notches her seventh top 40-charting album, Case grabs her third, and Veirs achieves her first.

Fetty Wap, Fetty Wap – No. 46 — Fetty Wap’s self-titled album has become the seventh album to see its tracks earn more than one billion audio on-demand streams in the U.S., according to Nielsen Music. The set crossed the billion mark in the week ending June 23, as its stream total now stands at 1.001 billion. The stream count for the album includes those registered by a song before its parent album was released – like the smash hits “Trap Queen,” “679” and “My Way,” which all came out before the album was released on Sept. 25, 2015. The other six albums to see their tracks earn more than a billion streams are: Drake’s Views (1.547 billion), Justin Bieber’s Purpose (1.451), The Weeknd’s Beauty Behind the Madness (1.369), Drake’s If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late (1.109), Drake’s Nothing Was the Same (1.042) and Ed Sheeran’s X (1.026).

Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, Greatest Hits – No. 56 — The rock band’s best-of collection zooms from No. 191 to No. 56 — the set’s highest rank since June 29, 2013 (when it was No. 53). The album earned 10,000 units for the week (up 134 percent), with 8,000 of that in traditional album sales (up 245 percent) — encouraged by sale pricing and promotion at digital retailers. That’s the largest sales week for the album since the week ending June 16, 2013 (slightly more than 8,000 sold) — the same week it reached No. 53 on the June 29, 2013-dated chart. (Billboard’s charts are dated ahead of the actual tracking weeks they cover.)

The Tragically Hip, Man Machine Poem – No. 179 — The rock band’s new album begins with 4,000 units earned, with nearly all of that in traditional album sales. It’s the group’s eighth charting album, which also bows at No. 22 on the Top Rock Albums chart.