Movie Musical "Dreamgirls" Tops Billboard Soundtrack Chart for Five Weeks

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The soundtrack of the new movie musical "Dreamgirls" remains atop Billboard's Top Soundtracks chart for its fifth consecutive week and still places high on other countdowns.

The album of the Henry Krieger-Tom Eyen score — released by Music World/Columbia — slid down to No. 7 on The Billboard 200 in its ninth week on that chart, still holding its own while three new entries grabbed hold of the top. ("Dreamgirls" had previously topped the chart for two weeks.)

Featuring stars Beyoncé Knowles, Anika Noni Rose and Jennifer Hudson as the title trio, the album hits its fifth week in the No. 1 position on the Top Soundtracks (where the Deluxe Edition also charts at No. 6) and slides to No. 4 on the Top R&B/Hip Hop Albums charts.

Over on the Top Cast Album chart, the original cast recording of the Broadway musical — featuring Loretta Devine, Jennifer Holliday and Sheryl Lee Ralph — still enjoys its rebirth. Both the Decca Broadway original 1982 release as well as the recent Hip O/Geffen special edition both hit their seventh week on the chart, holding at No. 7 and 9, respectively.

"Chicago" screenwriter Bill Condon directed and adapted "Dreamgirls," starring Jennifer Hudson as Effie, Beyoncé Knowles as Deena Jones, Anika Noni Rose as Lorrell Robinson, Jamie Foxx as Curtis Taylor Jr., Eddie Murphy as James "Thunder" Early and Danny Glover as Marty. The film recently received eight Academy Award nominations.

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