‘The Hamilton Mixtape’ Premieres at No. 1 on Billboard 200 Chart
The popular musical Hamilton is doing great numbers on Broadway - in terms of ticket sales - and now The Hamilton Mixtape garnered some big sales last week. The all-star music compilation nabbed the top spot on the Billboard 200 chart.
According to Nielsen Music, The Hamilton Mixtape moved 187,000 units last week; of that sum, 169,000 were from traditional album sales. Not bad for a mixtape release.
Inspired by the 11-time Tony-winning play, Hamilton: An American Musical, the tape boasts songs inspired by the production. Chart-topping artists like The Roots, Busta Rhymes, Usher, Alicia Keys, K’naan, Chance the Rapper, Ashanti, Ja Rule, Wiz Khalifa and others contributed to the project.
"This is the product of a bajillion artists doing amazing work. My heart overflows with gratitude for them," tweeted Lin-Manuel Miranda, the creator of Hamilton: An American Musical and executive producer of The Hamilton Mixtape.
Elsewhere on the chart, The Weeknd's Starboy dropped to the No. 2 spot with 151,000 copies sold. Meanwhile, Childish Gambino earned his highest charting album ever with Awaken, My Love!, which debuted at No. 5 with 101,000 units (72,000 in traditional album sales) pushed. It’s the rapper-actor's second top 10 effort following his 2014 album Because the Internet, which premiered at No. 7.