Billboard Projects Hamilton Mixtape Will Debut at No. 1

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The recording is poised to top even the original cast album, Robert Viaga reports for Playbill.

Billboard magazine is projecting that The Hamilton Mixtape will debut in the No. 1 spot on its Billboard 200 chart for its first week of release.

The Mixtape album, which was released December 2 on Hamilton Uptown/Atlantic Records, features a diverse list of pop stars —including Sia, Queen Latifah, Usher, Busta Rhymes, Kelly Clarkson, Ja Rule, Ashanti, The Roots, and Alicia Keys — giving their own interpretations of songs from the hit Lin-Manuel Miranda musical.

Quoting “industry forecasters,” the trade publication Billboard predicted the Mixtape will sell between 175,000 and 200,000 “equivalent album units” in the week ending December 8.

The album is poised to top even the show’s original cast album, which peaked at No. 3 for the week ending July 2, 2016, and has spent 62 weeks so far on the Billboard 200 chart, selling 848,000 copies.

The Hamilton Mixtape is also on track to outsell the Rolling Stones‘ Blue & Lonesome album, which is forecast to come in at No. 2.

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