For over 50 years Billboard Magazine has been keeping up with the hottest album sales each week. In that time, numerous records have come and gone.
This week more records have been made.
Since winning “American Idol”, award winning Country music star Carrie Underwood has consistently topped the charts with her songs.
With the arrival of this week’s Billboard chart, Underwood has set another record – with the debut at number one of her nee album “Cry Pretty”, Underwood becomes the first female Country artist to have four albums in the number one spot. And for Underwood that translates into every one of her albums have topped the chart.
Carrie Underwood wasn’t the only artist to make history on the Billboard chart this week.
When the musical “Hamilton” hit the stage on Broadway, it took the theatre world by storm with sold out performances and a trophy case full of awards. This week the soundtrack from the hit musical set a record of its own when it passed Adele’s “21” album for the most weeks on the Billboard 200 Album chart. Holding down the number 32 spot, “Hamilton” has held a spot in the top 40 of the Album chart for 145 consecutive weeks. The soundtrack has been on the 200 Album chart for a total of 156 weeks.
Only the soundtrack for “The Sound of Music” has logged more weeks in the top 40 and it was after the mono and stereo versions were combined to form one record for 161 weeks.
With a total of 36,000 units sold, Tony Bennett and Diana Krall with their album “Love is Here to Stay” have had the highest selling Jazz album in almost two years.
The numbers also give Bennett and Krall the number one spot on the Traditional Jazz and Jazz album charts.
Khalid’s “American Teen” album has spent weeks on the 200 album and has just been certified double platinum for having sold two million copies.