'Hamilton Mixtape' Heading for No. 1 on the Billboard 200 Albums Chart
Following the top five-charting success of the original Broadway cast of Hamilton: An American Musical on the Billboard 200, its spin-off set, The Hamilton Mixtape, is aiming to debut at No. 1 on next week’s chart.
Industry forecasters suggest the compilation new album, which was released on Dec. 2 through Hamilton Uptown/Atlantic Records, could earn perhaps between 175,000 and 200,000 equivalent album units in the week ending Dec. 8. Of that sum, traditional album sales could equal around 160,000 to 190,000.
The Billboard 200 chart ranks the most popular albums of the week based on multi-metric consumption, which includes traditional album sales, track equivalent albums (TEA) and streaming equivalent albums (SEA). The top 10 of the new Dec. 24-dated Billboard 200 chart -- where The Hamilton Mixtape could debut at No. 1 -- is scheduled to be revealed on Billboard’s websites on Sunday, Dec. 4.
The Hamilton Mixtape boasts a bevy of artists covering tunes from the Tony Award-winning Hamilton musical, as well as offering up tunes inspired by the show. Those participating include Usher, Kelly Clarkson, John Legend, Queen Latifah, Miguel, Ja Rule and Ashanti, among many others.
The original Broadway cast recording of Hamilton peaked at No. 3 on the July 2-dated chart, and has spent 62 weeks (and counting) on the tally. It was remarkably only the third cast recording to reach the top 10 in the last 50 years, following Hair (No. 1 for 13 weeks in 1969) and The Book of Mormon (No. 3 in 2011). The cast recording of Hamilton has so far sold 848,000 copies in the U.S., according to Nielsen Music, and is the tenth-biggest selling cast recording since Nielsen began tracking sales in 1991.
Other albums aiming for sizable debuts on next week’s Billboard 200 chart include The Rolling Stones’ Blue & Lonesome (with perhaps 110,000 to 120,000 units) and Childish Gambino’s Awaken, My Love! (with around 100,000 units). Both titles could debut in the top five of the tally.