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‘Mean Girls’ Musical Earns Highest Debut for a Cast Album in Over a Year on Billboard 200 Chart

"Mean Girls" earns the highest debut for a cast recording in over a year on the Billboard 200 chart, and also bows at No. 1 on the Cast Albums chart.

The original Broadway cast recording of Mean Girls takes a bow at No. 1 on the Cast Albums chart (dated June 2) and at No. 42 on the all-genre Billboard 200. On the latter list, Mean Girls logs the highest debut for a cast album in over a year.

Mean Girls launches with 14,000 equivalent album units earned in the week ending May 24, according to Nielsen Music. Of that sum, 10,000 were in traditional album sales. The last cast recording to debut higher on the Billboard 200 was Dear Evan Hansen, which started at No. 8 on the Feb. 25, 2017-dated list.

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).


Mean Girls also tallies the largest debut week in terms of total units earned since Hansen’s opening frame (29,000), and the biggest debut sales week since the July 1, 2017-dated list, when Anastasia: The New Broadway Musical bowed with slightly more than Mean Girls (though both numbers round to 10,000)

Over on the pure album sales-ranked Cast Albums chart, Mean Girls debuts at No. 1, displacing Hamilton: An American Musical after 48 weeks straight weeks at the top. Since Hamilton debuted atop the chart 139 weeks ago (Oct. 17, 2015), it has earned a total of 133 nonconsecutive weeks at No. 1, yielding the top slot for only six weeks (to six other recordings, each with just one week at No. 1).