Wednesday, May 29, 2024

Pop Phenom: Tony Winning “Hamilton” Score Number 1 on iTunes, Amazon, Star Leslie Odom Goes Top 10


The score to Broadway show “Hamilton” is now number 1 on both iTunes and The Tony winner is setting a record for best selling ever Broadway show CD and download.

It’s also huge on Spotify. The title track has already been streamed over 10 million times. The unofficial count for the number of times the top 10 “Hamilton” tracks hovers around 75 million.

I can’t think of another Broadway show with a CD so popular in recent history, not “Beautiful” or “Rent” or just about anything else.

It’s funny, too, because after all the hype last year about “Hamilton” being rap or hip hop, it actually sounds like a very mainstream pop R&B album when you listen to it at home, far from the stage. That’s the beauty of it. As I wrote last summer from the opening at the Public Theater, “Hamilton” is full of hooks and melodies. And it’s all original. Nothing is sampled.

Now all “Hamilton” is missing is a hit single. I’d suggest “Helpless.” But not having a single means that fans are buying the whole album all the time, and not cherry picking different songs. They want the whole experience.

One more plus from the “Hamilton”mania: Tony winning star Leslie Odom Jr’s self titled album on S-Curve Records has risen to number 10 on iTunes where it’s exclusive until June 24th. On Amazon, where you can buy the physical CD then, Odom’s album (he won Best Actor in a Musical) is number 30 just from pent up demand.


Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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