Wicked Reclaims Top of Billboard Cast Albums Chart; Camelot Enters for First Time

News   Wicked Reclaims Top of Billboard Cast Albums Chart; Camelot Enters for First Time
 
The original cast recording of Wicked reclaims the top spot on the Billboard Top Cast Album chart following Jersey Boys' six-week reign in the first position.

Rhino's Jersey Boys release drops to No. 2 after taking the top spot six weeks ago, marking the longest stretch by a recording other than constant chart-topper, Decca Broadway's Wicked. The musical based on the Four Seasons had previously enjoyed a four-week run at No. 1 following its Tony win as Best Musical and also reclaimed the countdown's lead position the week of Feb. 8.

Legally Blonde's original Broadway cast recording on Ghostlight Records holds steady at No. 3 (for a fourth week) with Decca Broadway's Mamma Mia! and Walt Disney's The Lion King rounding out the top five.

Columbia's original cast recording of Camelot — released, yes, in 1960 — makes its debut on the new chart at No. 11 following the recent death of one of the musical's stars, Robert Goulet. The album of the Alan Jay Lerner and Frederick Loewe musical also features Richard Burton, Julie Andrews and Roddy McDowall.

Along with Wicked and Mamma Mia!, the cast recordings of Monty Python's Spamalot and Avenue Q have remained on Billboard's Top Cast Album Chart for the full 97 weeks since the chart's inception.

In other movement, the original Broadway cast recording of Annie ( Legacy/Columbia) re-enters the chart at No. 14. *

Legally Blonde recently joined the company of those that have unseated the release of Stephen Schwartz's Wicked — which has topped the chart for 82 of the 97 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.

Billboard can be found on the web at www.billboard.com. Full charts are available by subscription at www.billboard.biz.

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