‘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, Snow tha Product, Chance the Rapper, Ashanti, Ja Rule, Jill Scott, 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 Weekend'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.