A hit rap album currently on the charts features some unusual subject matter for the genre. The original cast album of the hit Broadway musical “Hamilton,” “the hottest show of the fall, is burning up the rap charts and is ranked fourth — behind Drake and Future, Fetty Wap and Mac Miller — for the week of Oct. 24,” reports Claire Atkinson in the New York Post.
The story notes: “Adding to its bragging rights, the Warner Music-released cast recording for the hit show had the highest debut ever for a cast album. It is the No. 1 for the week, topping perennially popular ‘Wicked,’ according to Nielsen SoundScan.”
As of Friday, the cast recording, an original blend of R&B, hip-hop and rap, had attracted 8 million streams since its Sept. 25 debut. In its first week alone, it notched 2 million Spotify streams.
Atkinson adds: “The musical, which follows the nation’s founding fathers with a focus on Alexander Hamilton, is bringing hip-hop to older Broadway audiences while introducing younger people to theater, [says Craig Kallman, the CEO of Warner’s Atlantic Records].