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Kinky Boots Broadway Cast Album Debuts at #1 on Billboard Chart

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And #51 on Billboard's Top 200.

The article didn't state what number Matilda is.
Kinky Boots Broadway Cast Album Debuts at #1 on Billboard Chart
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Unfortunately, the Broadway Album Chart is not publicly available, at least after some digging around. But it doesn't seem unusual for any cast album to top that chart in its' first week of sales. That's probably because there aren't so many major releases that new albums have little competition their first week or few. The #51 spot on the 200 chart is impressive, though. That's the real news to me... good for them!

Also, there's no reason for that article to mention MATILDA, since it's about KINKY BOOTS (kindly cut-and-pasting all the related promotional material after the news-worthy tidbits) and MATILDA's album was released in October of 2011.
Even CARRIE Debuted at #1
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I'm beginning to think that Joey has a serious chunk of his 401(k) invested in Kinky Boots...
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I am curious how many units (CDs) were sold.
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I was able to find some more data on the Billboard website, incomplete as it seems Cast Albums are tagged with inconsistent metadata over the years so it's difficult to make a thorough review, but it looks like KINKY BOOTS beat ONCE, NEWSIES, ROCK OF AGES, NEXT TO NORMAL, JERSEY BOYS and even WICKED for peak position. AMERICAN IDIOT came in at #43 but was a one-week wonder, dropping off the album chart. NEWSIES hit #74 in its only week. ONCE peaked at #92 but was on the chart for two weeks (interesting metaphor, it's a more modest hit but with staying power? Hmmm?) ROCK OF AGES and NEXT TO NORMAL came in just under 100 (#118 and #103 respectively) and each last two weeks as well.

THE BOOK OF MORMON, of course, hit #3 in its first week, a height not scaled since HAIR in the '60s. It lasted nine weeks on the chart. The real endurance champions, at least from what I can see, are WICKED and JERSEY BOYS. WICKED peaked at #71 but has been on the charts for 88 weeks since it was released. JERSEY BOYS hit #85 and has charted 61 weeks in total. Those are both very impressive.

Let's see if KINKY BOOTS falls in the one-week wonder camp or if it has staying power. I just wish it was easier to find a comprehensive Chart history for Broadway...
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Excellent research skills, jnb9872!
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Thanks, PJ... it's the kind of thing I like to think I'm good at. Always glad to share what I find.
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LuPone's GYPSY hit #58 on the Billboard 200. That was major for a golden age musical in 2008.

Updated On: 6/7/13 at 01:04 PM
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>> ONCE peaked at #92 but was on the chart for two weeks

The movie's soundtrack peaked at #1 on the Irish Albums Chart after its Oscar win.

In the US, the soundtrack was #10 in June of 2007, #27 on the Billboard 200 list, #2 on Billboard's Soundtrack Cart and #4 on their Independent Chart.

Given how similar the musical score is to the movie's soundtrack, I'm not too surprised that it didn't climb as high on its second opportunity.
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Updated On: 6/7/13 at 01:28 PM
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That's an excellent point about ONCE, J.A. It actually makes me think the JERSEY BOYS number are even more impressive in that light, given how readily available Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons music is in general.

Also, like the film, if I recall the soundtrack for ONCE was a slow-build, that grew over the spring and summer as word spread, and I imagine rose again after the Oscar win and eventual DVD release. Even today, the film soundtrack is more popular on iTunes than the OCR. (#64 and #73, respectively, on the Soundtrack chart as I write.)

Also, for fun, since I just pulled up that chart, PIPPIN is sitting pretty at #3 on iTunes right now. The other musical in the Top 10? The concept recording of GHOST BROTHERS OF DARKLAND COUNTY.

Yay unpredictability of sales charts!
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>> GHOST BROTHERS OF DARKLAND COUNTY

I almost downloaded that last year, then I watched the promo clip and wasn't all that excited...
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This is great news! Well deserved indeed. I love the album. And I just have to add that Stark Sands' voice is beyond amazing! And thanks for the research info guys, very interesting!
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Saw that PIPPIN hit #1 on the Cast Album Chart this week and decided to check in on KINKY... looks like it managed to stay in the Billboard 200 but dropped as expected, down to #116. PIPPIN entered the charts at #92. Will be curious to see if either stays on next week after the Tonys broadcast bump is factored in this week.
Words don't deserve that kind of malarkey. They're innocent, neutral, precise, standing for this, describing that, meaning the other, so if you look after them you can build bridges across incomprehension and chaos. But when they get their corners knocked off, they're no good anymore…I don't think writers are sacred, but words are. They deserve respect. If you get the right ones in the right order, you can nudge the world a little.

 
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