Week Ending Jan. 6, 2013. Albums: Les Miz Takes Broadway To The Top

Les Miserables

jumps to #1 in its third week on The Billboard 200. It’s the first soundtrack to a movie that was based on a stage musical to top the chart since Mamma Mia! scored in August 2008. Les Miz has grossed $103,503,000 in its first two weekends at the box-office. It dipped from #3 to #4 in the box-office rankings in its second weekend.

Les Miz opened on Christmas Day. The movie version of Dreamgirls, which also spawned a #1 soundtrack, opened on Christmas Day in 2006. Les Miz is likely to receive an Oscar nomination for Best Picture tomorrow.

The Les Miz Broadway cast album vaults from #171 to #104 (its highest ranking to date). It has sold 1,596,000 copies. The London cast album re-enters the chart at #160. It has sold 887K copies. Putting this together, Les Miz is #1 on Top Soundtracks for the third straight week and holds the top two spots on Top Cast Albums, a neat trick.

Thirteen soundtracks to movie that were based on stage musicals have reached #1 since Billboard published its first album chart in 1945. The team of Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II wrote four of these musicals, a sign of their unmatched dominance in the 1940s and 1950s. (Hammerstein collaborated on a fifth with Jerome Kern.)

Here’s a complete list of the 13 soundtracks to movies that were based on stage musicals to reach #1 since 1945. I tell you the name of the show, the composer and lyricist, the date the show opened on Broadway, the date the movie opened in the U.S., the date the movie soundtrack hit #1 (using Billboard issue dates) and key songs from the show.

Annie Get Your Gun

, music and lyrics by Irving Berlin. Opened on Broadway: May 16, 1946. Movie opened: May 17, 1950. Soundtrack hit #1: Aug. 12, 1950. Key songs: “There’s No Business Like Show Business,” “Anything You Can Do.”

Show Boat, music by Jerome Kern, lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II. Opened on Broadway: Dec. 27, 1927. Movie opened: Sept. 24, 1951. Soundtrack hit #1: Aug. 11, 1951. Key songs: “Ol’ Man River,” “Can’t Help Lovin’ Dat Man.”

The Merry Widow, music by Franz Lehar, lyrics by Adrian Ross. Opened on Broadway: Oct. 21, 1907. Movie opened: Sept. 5, 1952. Soundtrack hit #1: Oct. 18, 1952. Key song: “Merry Widow Waltz.”

The Student Prince, music by Sigmund Romberg, lyrics by Dorothy Donnelly. Opened on Broadway: Dec. 2, 1924. Movie opened: June 15, 1954. Mario Lanza’s album The Student Prince and other great musical comedies hit #1: Aug. 21, 1954. Key song: “Serenade.”


music by Richard Rodgers, lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II. Opened on Broadway: March 31, 1943. Movie opened: Oct. 11, 1955. Soundtrack hit #1: Jan. 28, 1956. Key songs: “People Will Say We’re In Love,” “Oh, What A Beautiful Mornin’.”

The King And I, music by Richard Rodgers, lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II. Opened on Broadway: March 29, 1951. Movie opened: June 29, 1956. Soundtrack hit #1: Oct. 6, 1956. Key songs: “Hello, Young Lovers,” “Shall We Dance?,” “Getting To Know You.”

South Pacific, music by Richard Rodgers, lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II. Opened on Broadway: April 7, 1949. Movie opened: March 19, 1958. Soundtrack hit #1: May 19, 1958. Key songs: “Some Enchanted Evening,” “There Is Nothin’ Like A Dame,” “I’m In Love With A Wonderful Guy.”

West Side Story

, music by Leonard Bernstein, lyrics by Stephen Sondheim. Opened on Broadway: Sept. 26, 1957. Movie opened: Oct. 18, 1961. Soundtrack hit #1: May 5, 1962. Key songs: “Tonight,” “Maria,” “Somewhere.”

The Sound Of Music, music by Richard Rodgers, lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II. Opened on Broadway: Nov. 16, 1959. Movie opened: March 2, 1965. Soundtrack hit #1: Nov. 13, 1965. Key songs: “My Favorite Things,” “Climb Ev’ry Mountain,” “Edelweiss.”

Grease, music and lyrics by Jim Jacobs and Warren Casey. Opened on Broadway: Feb. 14, 1972. Movie opened: June 16, 1978. Soundtrack hit #1: July 29, 1978. Key songs: “Summer Nights,” “Greased Lightning,” “Look At Me, I’m Sandra Dee.”


, music by Henry Krieger, lyrics by Tom Eyen. Opened on Broadway: Dec. 20, 1981. Soundtrack hit #1: Jan. 20, 2007. Movie opened: Dec. 25, 2006. Key songs: “And I Am Telling You I’m Not Going,” “One Night Only,” “I Am Changing.”

Mamma Mia!, music and lyrics by Benny Andersson and Bjorn Ulvaeus. Opened on Broadway: Oct. 18, 2001. Movie opened: July 18, 2008. Soundtrack hit #1: Aug. 23, 2008. Key songs: “Money, Money, Money,” “Dancing Queen.”

Les Miserables, music by Claude-Michel Schonberg, lyrics by Herbert Kretzmer. Opened on Broadway: March 12, 1987. Movie opened: Dec. 25, 2012. Soundtrack hit #1: Jan. 19, 2013. Key songs: “I Dreamed A Dream,” “Do You Hear The People Sing?”

Mumford & Sons’

Babel rebounds from #8 to #2 in its 15th week. The album is likely to remain high on the chart through the Grammy Awards, where it is a leading contender for Album of the Year. The album sold 76K digital copies this week. It returns to #1 on Top Digital Albums for a third week. It also jumps to #10 on the all-time digital albums chart. The group’s Sigh No More is #2 on that chart. Mumford & Sons is one of four acts with two of the all-time top 10 best-selling digital albums. Lady Gaga, Coldplay and Taylor Swift also each have two of the all-time top 10.

Taylor Swift’s Red holds drops from #1 to #3. It’s #1 on Top Country Albums for the 11th straight week.

Phillip Phillips’ The World From The Side Of The Moon rebounds from #11 to #4, which matches its highest ranking to date. The album was sale-priced in the iTunes store. Two other albums rebound as a result of such discount pricing: Alicia Keys’ Girl On Fire rebounds from #18 to #9; P!nk’s The Truth About Love rebounds from #14 to #10. The Keys and P!nk albums each spent one week at #1.

One Direction’s

Take Me Home drops from #3 to #5 in its eighth week. In addition, Up All Night—The Live Tour logs its 29th week at #1 on Top Music Videos. This ties Ray Stevens’Comedy Video Classics for the longest run at #1 since this chart originated (as Top Music Videocassettes) in March 1985. Stevens’ collection was #1 in 1993-1994.

Shameless Plug: Later today, I’ll post a Chart Watch Extra in which I list every music video that has topped this chart for 10 or more weeks since 1985. It’s a wild ride, from Metallica to Mary-Kate & Ashley Olsen.

The Pitch Perfect soundtrack jumps from #10 to #7. This marks the first time that two soundtracks to theatrically-released movies have appeared in the top 10 at the same time since January 2011, when Daft Punk’sTron: Legacy and the Country Strong soundtrack were listed simultaneously.

The Lumineers’ The Lumineers jumps from #9 to #8 (its highest ranking to date) in its 40th week. The album tops the 500K mark in digital sales this week. It’s the 38th album to achieve that feat. The album has sold 514K digital copies.

Taylor Swift’s

“I Knew You Were Trouble.” holds at #1 on Hot Digital Songs. This is its third week on top. Will its sales edge allow it to dethrone Bruno Mars’ “Locked Out Of Heaven” on the Hot 100? And will “Scream & Shout” by will.i.am featuring Britney Spears finally crack the top 10 on the Hot 100? (It jumps to #4 on Hot Digital Songs). You’ll find out later today when we post Chart Watch: Songs.

Here’s the low-down on this week’s top 10 albums.

The Top Five: The Les Miserables soundtrack jumps from #2 to #1 in its third week (92K)… Mumford & Sons’ Babel jumps from #8 to #2 in its 15th week (91K). This is its 10th week in the top 10…Taylor Swift’s Red drops from #1 to #3 in its 11th week (69K). It has ranked in the top five the entire time... Phillip Phillips’ The World From The Side Of The Moon rebounds from #11 to #4 in its seventh week (63K). This is its sixth week in the top 10...One Direction’s Take Me Home drops from #3 to #5 in its eighth week (61K). This is its seventh week in the top five.

The Second Five: Bruno Mars’ Unorthodox Jukebox dips from #4 to #5 in its fourth week (55K). It has been in the top 10 the entire time… The Pitch Perfect soundtrack jumps from #10 to #7 in its 11th chart week (52K). This is its second week in the top 10… The Lumineers’ The Lumineers jumps from #9 to #7 in its 40th week (51K). This is its second week in the top 10… Alicia Keys’ Girl On Fire rebounds from #18 to #9 in its sixth week (44K). This is its fourth week in the top 10…Pink’s The Truth About Love rebounds from #14 to #10 in its 16th week (41K). This is its eighth week in the top 10.

Three albums drop out of the top 10 this week. T.I.’s Trouble Man: Heavy Is The Head drops #5 to #15. Imagine Dragons’ Night Visions drops from #6 to #12….Rihanna’s Unapologetic drops from #7 to #19.

Bruno Mars’

Doo-Wops & Hooligans dips from #68 to #69 in its 116th week on the chart. It jumps to #1 on Top Catalog Albums for the first time. The album has sold 1,842,000 copies, but it did it the hard way. It has never sold even 100K in any one week. (It achieved its peak sales of 84K in the week after Christmas 2010).

Action Item’s Resolution is the week’s top new entry at #72. It’s the group’s first chart entry. It’s the week’s only new entry in the top 100…Norah Jones’ Covers debuts at a disappointing #121. James Taylor’s Covers debuted and peaked at #4 in October 2008. It has sold 405K copies…Calvin Harris’ 18 Months returns to #1 on the Official U.K. chart this week. It originally hit #1 in November. The album debuted and peaked at #18 on The Billboard 200 in November.

Rod Stewart

this week tops the 30 million mark in U.S. album sales in the Nielsen SoundScan era. He’s just the 25th artist to achieve that feat. He’s the fourth British artist, following the Beatles (64,190,000), Pink Floyd (37,981,000) and Eric Clapton (30,832,000). All four of these artists pre-date the 1991 inception of Nielsen SoundScan. The Beatles first charted in 1964, Pink Floyd in 1967, Clapton (as a solo artist) in 1970 and Stewart (as a solo artist) in 1969.

Texas Chainsaw 3D was #1 at the box-office over the weekend.

Coming Attractions: Chris Tomlin’sBurning Lights is expected to debut at #1 next week, with first-week sales in the 70K range. Also due: Hollywood Undead’sNotes From The Underground (about 50K), Black Veil Brides’Wretched And Divine: The Story Of The Wild Ones (45K), Dropkick Murphys’ Signed & Sealed In Blood (30K) and Conor Maynard’sContrast (12K).