"Sweeney Todd" Film Soundtrack Debuts on Billboard Charts

News   "Sweeney Todd" Film Soundtrack Debuts on Billboard Charts Nonesuch Records' Dec. 18 release of the soundtrack to Tim Burton's "Sweeney Todd" film debuted on a number of Billboard charts this week.

On the "Top Soundtracks" chart, the release placed at No. 8 — just behind this year's other Broadway-based movie musical, "Hairspray." (Both the originals and sequels of "Hannah Montana" and "High School Musical" are locked in the top four slots. "Alvin and the Chipmunks" and "A Charlie Brown Christmas" placed, respectively, at No. 5 and 6.)

"Sweeney Todd" also placed at No. 7 on "Top Digital Albums" chart and No. 56 on "The Billboard 200."

Nonesuch also saw a bump in sales for the recent new Broadway cast recording of Sweeney Todd (the revival's album re-entered the "Top Cast Albums" chart at No. 14). The new Tim Burton film adaptation of the Stephen Sondheim-Hugh Wheeler musical also spurred the original Sweeney Todd cast recording (on RCA Red Seal) to debut on the that same countdown (at No. 11).

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Nonesuch issued a two-disc deluxe edition and a highlights version of the "Sweeney Todd" film soundtrack, both produced by Mike Higham. The albums were recorded in London. Longtime Sondheim collaborators, orchestrator Jonathan Tunick and music supervisor Paul Gemignani, worked on the soundtrack.

Featuring the pared-down score from the film, the soundtrack includes Johnny Depp in the title role with Helena Bonham Carter as Mrs. Lovett, Alan Rickman as Judge Turpin, Timothy Spall as Beadle Bamford and Sacha Baron Cohen as Signor Adolfo Pirelli.

Rounding out the cast are Laura Michelle Kelly (Fiddler on the Roof) as the Beggar Woman, Jamie Campbell Bowen as Anthony, Jayne Wisener as Johanna and newcomer Edward Sanders as Tobias.

The tracks featured on the deluxe edition follow:

1. "Opening Title"
2. "No Place Like London"
3. "The Worst Pies in London"
4. "Poor Thing"
5. "My Friends"
6. "Green Finch & Linnett Bird"
7. "Alms Alms"
8. "Johanna"
9. "Pirelli's Miracle Elixir"
10. "The Contest"
11. "Wait"
12. "Ladies and Their Sensitivities"
13. "Pretty Women"
14. "Epiphany"
15. "A Little Priest"
16. "Johanna"
17. "God, That s Good!"
18. "By the Sea"
19. "Not While I'm Around"
20. "Final Scene"

The highlights disc excludes the "Opening Title," "Alms Alms," "Ladies and Their Sensitivities" and the "Final Scene" as well as the bonus content (including an 80-page, full-color booklet).

Nonesuch also released the cast recording for the recent revival of Sweeney Todd, featuring Tony winners Michael Cerveris and Patti LuPone.

Fans can currently preview songs from the film by visiting the official website at sweeneytoddmovie.com.

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The DreamWorks/Warner Bros. film adaptation of the Stephen Sondheim-Hugh Wheeler musical is penned by John Logan ("The Aviator," "Gladiator"). Tim Burton directed the film that debuted in theatres across the country Dec. 21. The film opened in the top five at the box office.

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