Billboard magazine has announced that The Hamilton Mixtape debuted in the No. 1 spot on its Billboard 200 chart for its first week of release.
The magazine predicted the achievement in a story last week.
The Mixtape album, which was released December 2 on Hamilton Uptown/Atlantic Records, features a diverse list of pop stars —including Sia, Queen Latifah, Usher, Busta Rhymes, Kelly Clarkson, Ja Rule, Ashanti, The Roots, and Alicia Keys — giving their own interpretations of songs from the hit Lin-Manuel Miranda musical.
The trade publication reported the Mixtape sold 187,000 “equivalent album units” in the week ending December 8.
The album topped even the show’s original cast album, which peaked at No. 3 for the week ending July 2, 2016, and has spent 62 weeks so far on the Billboard 200 chart, selling 848,000 copies over that period of time.
The Hamilton Mixtape also outsold the Rolling Stones‘ Blue & Lonesome album, which came in at No. 4, behind The Weeknd’s Starboy and Pentatonix’s A Pentatonix Christmas.
The Billboard 200 chart ranks “the most popular albums of the week in the U.S. based on multi-metric consumption, which includes traditional album sales, track equivalent albums (TEA) and streaming equivalent albums (SEA). The new Dec. 24-dated chart (where The Hamilton Mixtape bows at No. 1) will be posted in full to Billboard’s websites on Tuesday, Dec. 13.”
(Updated December 11, 2016)