Les Miz first opened on Broadway on May 12, 1987, which means it took 25 years and eight months for the show to spawn a top 10 movie soundtrack. That’s the longest wait since Chicago took 27 years and eight months. Chicago opened on Broadway on June 3, 1975 and finally yielded a top 10 movie soundtrack in February 2003.
Les Miz won a Tony as Best Musical. The Broadway cast album received a Grammy as Best Musical Cast Show Album. That album re-enters the chart this week at #171. It has climbed as high as #117, and has sold 1,591,000 copies. (Cast albums sell steadily over time and often sell far better than their chart peak numbers might indicate.) The London cast album, which has climbed as high as #106 (and has sold 884K copies to date), just missed making this week’s chart.
Les Miz is #1 on Top Soundtracks for the second week.
“I Dreamed A Dream,” the most famous song from the show, was the title track of Susan Boyle’s debut album, which spent six weeks at #1 in 2009-2010.
Each of Swift’s four studio albums has reached the 3 million mark faster than the one before it. Taylor Swift took 85 weeks. Fearless took 22 weeks. Speak Now took 11 weeks.
Red is #1 on Top Country Albums for the 10th week. It’s Swift’s fourth album to log 10 or more weeks at #1 on this chart. It follows Taylor Swift (24 weeks on top), Fearless (35 weeks at #1) and Speak Now (13 weeks on top). Swift is the first female artist to log 10 or more weeks at #1 with four different albums in the chart’s 49-year history. Shania Twain is in second place, with three.
Two albums return to the top 10 this week. Imagine Dragons’ Night Visions rebounds from #46 to #6 in its 17th week. The album debuted and peaked at #2 in September. Rihanna’s Unapologetic rebounds from #19 to #7 in its sixth week. The album debuted and peaked at #1 in November.
Taylor Swift’s “I Knew You Were Trouble.” returns to #1 on Hot Digital Songs, dethroning Bruno Mars’ “Locked Out Of Heaven.” But Mars will probably hold on to the #1 spot on the Hot 100. You’ll find out for sure later today when we post Chart Watch: Songs.
Here’s the low-down on this week’s top 10 albums.
The Top Five: Taylor Swift’s Red holds at #1 for the seventh week in its 10th week (241K). It has ranked in the top two the entire time...The Les Miserables soundtrack vaults from #33 to #2 in its second week (136K)… One Direction’s Take Me Home jumps from #4 to #3 in its seventh week (120K). This is its sixth week in the top five… Bruno Mars’ Unorthodox Jukebox dips from #3 to #4 in its third week (110K). It has been in the top five the entire time…T.I.’s Trouble Man: Heavy Is The Head drops from #2 to #5 in its second week (74K).
The Second Five: Imagine Dragons’ Night Visions rebounds from #46 to #6 in its 17th week (70K). This is its third week in the top 10….Rihanna’s Unapologetic rebounds from #19 to #7 in its sixth week (68K). This is its third week in the top 10… Mumford & Sons’ Babel holds at #8 for the second week in its 14th week (68K). This is its ninth week in the top 10… The Lumineers’ The Lumineers jumps from #24 to #9 in its 39th week (61K). This is the group’s first top 10 album…The Pitch Perfect soundtrack rebounds from #45 to #10 in its 10th chart week (58K).
Buble’s album is #1 on Top Catalog Albums for the ninth straight week. That will most assuredly change next week.
I wrote the liner notes to the Carpenters collection, which is an expanded edition of their chart-topping The Singles 1969-1973. Incidentally, this week’s chart placement is the highest for a Carpenters album since A Kind Of Hush hit #33 in 1976.
Happy new year, everybody.
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