Can't Stop the Beat: Hairspray Rockets Back Onto Billboard Cast Album Chart

News   Can't Stop the Beat: Hairspray Rockets Back Onto Billboard Cast Album Chart The original cast album of Hairspray soars back onto the Billboard Top Cast Album chart into the No. 3 spot just behind Wicked and Jersey Boys.

With its return to the chart, Hairspray — the still-running 2003 Tony Award winner for Best Musical featuring the Tony-winning score by Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman — reaches its 52nd week on the chart. (The album has only been off the chart for two weeks.)

Along with Avenue Q, the cast recordings of Wicked, Mamma Mia! and Monty Python's Spamalot have remained on Billboard's Top Cast Album Chart for the full 54 weeks since the chart's inception.

The cast recording of the new Broadway musical Spring Awakening slides one slot down to No. 4 with Mamma Mia! rounding out the top five.

The Decca Broadway original 1982 release as well as the Hip-O/Geffen special edition of Henry Krieger and Tom Eyen's musical Dreamgirls both hit their third week on the chart.

Also re-entering the chart is The Color Purple and Irving Berlin's White Christmas. The release of Stephen Schwartz's Wicked has topped the chart for 49 of the 54 weeks the chart has been published. The recording has dominated the spot, only being toppled by the Columbia Records two-disc "Harry" release (comprised of the recording of Broadway's The Pajama Game revival and selections of Connick, Jr.'s 2001 show Thou Shalt Not) and The Color Purple for one week each. Rhino's release of Jersey Boys, following its big Tony win, also took hold of the top slot for four weeks.

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Billboard added the Top Cast Albums chart to its listings Jan. 12, 2006. Stephen Schwartz' Wicked — which opened on Broadway in October 2003 (album released Dec. 16, 2003) — appeared at the top of the first chart. The chart measures sales of albums from stage musicals. Broadway recordings mostly fill the 15-slot table, but cast albums from other locales are also eligible. The addition of the chart to Billboard's 112 charts generates exposure for the genre which does not often chart on the Billboard 200.

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