LoveMusik Enters Billboard Cast Albums Chart; Jersey Boys at Top Again

News   LoveMusik Enters Billboard Cast Albums Chart; Jersey Boys at Top Again The newly released Broadway cast recording of LoveMusik entered the Billboard Top Cast Album chart, while Jersey Boys remained atop the countdown.

For the second consecutive week, Rhino's Jersey Boys comes out ahead in the battle for No. 1 with Decca Broadway's Wicked (which again places No. 2).

Legally Blonde's original Broadway cast recording on Ghostlight Records holds steady at No. 3, while Walt Disney's The Lion King and Decca Broadway's Mamma Mia! round out the top five.

Ghostlight Records released the biographical musical of composer Kurt Weill and actress Lotte Lenya, using songs by Weill, on Nov. 27. Stars Michael Cerveris and Donna Murphy are featured on LoveMusik, which edged onto the chart at No. 14.

Along with Wicked and Mamma Mia!, the cast recordings of Avenue Q (RCA Victor) and Monty Python's Spamalot (also on Decca) have remained on Billboard's Top Cast Album Chart for the full 99 weeks since the chart's inception.

In other movement, the cast recording of Irving Berlin's White Christmas: The Musical (on Ghostlight) re-entered the chart at No. 15. *

Legally Blonde recently joined the company of those that have unseated the release of Schwartz's Wicked — which has topped the chart for 84 of the 101 weeks the chart has been published. The only other recordings to topple the stronghold are Spring Awakening, the Columbia Records two-disc "Harry On Broadway" release (with Broadway's The Pajama Game revival and selections of Connick, Jr.'s Thou Shalt Not) and The Color Purple for one week each.

Jersey Boys held the top spot on the chart for the longest stretch, other than constant chart-topper Wicked, with a six-week run earlier this year. The Four Seasons musical had previously enjoyed a four-week run at No. 1 following its Tony Award win as Best Musical and also reclaimed the countdown's lead position the week of Feb. 8.

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