"Phantom of the Opera" CD Is Number One on Billboard Soundtrack Chart

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The single-CD soundtrack for Andrew Lloyd Webber's "The Phantom of the Opera" has landed at number one on Billboard's Soundtrack Chart.

The recording, featuring the cast of the Joel Schumacher-directed film, has also placed number 44 on the Top 200 Billboard chart and is in the number two position on Amazon.com.

The "Phantom" soundtrack was released in November on the Sony Classical/Really Useful Records label. Marc Offenbach, senior vice-president of sales for Sony Classical, said in a statement, "The magic of Andrew Lloyd Webber and 'The Phantom' are defying all sales trends. With last weeks number one and number two best-selling soundtracks 'Ray' and 'Polar Express' dropping 69 percent and 79 percent respectively, due to the post holiday season correction, 'The Phantom of the Opera' jumps 9 percent to obtain the number one slot on the Billboard Soundtrack chart. This soundtrack is definitely here to stay, and the consumers are loving the new versions of these timeless songs."

The two-disc version of "The Phantom" soundtrack is charting at #127 on Billboard's Top 200 list.

Directed by Joel Schumacher, "The Phantom of the Opera" is currently playing in numerous cities throughout the country and will open wide Jan. 21. The film cast features Gerard Butler in the title role, Emmy Rossum as Christine and Patrick Wilson as Raoul with Minnie Driver, Miranda Richardson, Ciarán Hinds and Simon Callow.

Based on the classic Gaston Leroux novel, The Phantom of the Opera features music by Andrew Lloyd Webber, lyrics by Charles Hart and additional lyrics by Richard Stilgoe. Harold Prince directed both the London and New York premieres. The New York production — originally starring Michael Crawford and Sarah Brightman — won seven 1988 Tony Awards including one for Best Musical. The score includes such tunes as "Think of Me," "The Music of the Night," "All I Ask of You," "Wishing You Were Somehow Here Again," "The Point of No Return" and the title tune. For more information about "The Phantom of the Opera" soundtrack, visit www.sonyclassical.com.

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