Elton John World News: Another Feat For ''Billy''

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Cast Recording is in the Charts

Friday 3 March 2006 @ 17:24 - GMT

The cast album of Billy Elliot The Musical entered the Billboard Top Broadway/Cast Album chart at No. 13, Playbill has announced.

 Wicked and The Color Purple remain on top.

The new musical featuring music by Elton with a book and lyrics by Lee Hall earned four honours at the 30th annual Laurence Olivier Awards in London on February 26. The original London cast recording of Billy Elliot The Musical hit U.S. stores February 7 on the Decca Broadway label.

Broadway juggernaut Wicked remains #1 for its seventh week. The Decca Broadway release of the Stephen Schwartz production has earned Gold certification. Angel Records' The Color Purple remains at No. 2 while Decca Broadway's Mamma Mia!, which is platinum-certified, moves up two slots to third.

Rhino's Jersey Boys and Nonesuch's Sweeney Todd cast albums round out the top five. Current long-running shows Rent and The Phantom of the Opera both make the list twice for their respective cast albums and "Highlights" CDs. Hairspray jumped to No. 9 this week from No. 15.

The Top Cast Albums chart debuted in Billboard on Jan. 12, 2006. Wicked which opened on Broadway in October 2003 (album released Dec. 16, 2003) appeared at the top of the first chart. The chart measures sales of albums from stage musicals, Broadway recordings mostly fill the 15-slot table, but cast albums from other locales are also eligible. The addition of the chart to Billboard's 112 charts generates exposure for the genre which does not often chart on the Billboard 200.

 

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