2 Cast Albums Hit Billboard Top 20 for the First Time in 50 Years

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The cast of Dear Evan Hansen Matthew Murphy

Further evidence of a second Broadway golden age: For the first time in 52 years two Broadway cast albums are holding places in the top 20 on the Billboard 200 albums chart.

For the charts dated February 25, Billboard reported that the OBC album of Dear Evan Hansen rose to No. 8, while perennial performer Hamilton held steady at No. 13.

Billboard says the “Biillboard 200 chart ranks the week’s most popular albums based on their overall consumption. That overall unit figure combines pure album sales, track equivalent albums (TEA) and streaming equivalent albums (SEA).”

The newly released Dear Evan Hansen sold 29,000 “equivalent album units” in the week ending February 9, while Hamilton, which was released well over a year ago, still managed to sell 25,000 equivalent album units the same week.

Billboard reported that the last time this conjunction occurred was in 1965, when the OBCs of Hello, Dolly! and Fiddler on the Roof stayed in the Top 20 for 11 consecutive weeks, between January 16 and March 27.

With a score by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul, Dear Evan Hansen is just the fourth OBC to crack the Billboard top 10 in a half century. The others have been Hair, which hit No. 1 in 1969; The Book of Mormon, which rose to No. 3 in 2011; and Hamilton, which also topped out at No. 3, in 2016.

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