Billboard 200 Chart Moves: 'Hamilton' Cast Album Hits 150 Weeks on Chart
It's one of only four cast albums in the past 50 years to spend 150 weeks on the chart.
On the latest Billboard 200 albums chart (dated Aug. 18), Travis Scott’s Astroworld launched at No. 1 with 2018’s second-largest week for an album, as it bowed with 537,000 equivalent album units earned in the U.S. in the week ending Aug. 9, according to Nielsen Music.
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).
Now, let’s take a closer look at some of the action on the rest of the Billboard 200:
— Original Broadway Cast Recording, Hamilton: An American Musical – No. 28 — The original Broadway cast recording of Hamilton: An American Musical reaches a landmark of longevity on the list, 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).
Hamilton has 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 Aug. 9, the album has earned 3.34 million equivalent album units, of which 1.6 million are in traditional album sales. The set has generated 2.23 billion on-demand audio streams for its tracks.
— Various Artists, Now 67 – No. 19 — The Now That’s What I Call Music series continues to churn out chart hits, as the line’s latest compilation, Now 67, bows at No. 19 with 19,000 units (all from traditional album sales). Now 67 is the 82nd Now compilation to reach the top 20.
— Bazzi, Cosmic – No. 30 — The album rebounds 52-30 (15,000 units; up 32 percent) thanks to interest generated by a newly released remix of the set’s “Beautiful,” now featuring Camila Cabello.
— Iggy Azalea, Survive the Summer (EP) – No. 144 — Iggy Azalea returns with her third chart entry, and first new arrival on the list since 2014, as the Survive the Summer EP starts at No. 144 (6,000 units). She previously charted with Reclassified (which debuted on the chart in Dec. 2014, but peaked at No. 16 on the Jan. 17, 2015-dated list) and The New Classic (debuting and peaking at No. 3 on May 10, 2014).