Everybody's Listening to Hamilton Again

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Hamilton is back in the discourse, for better or worse, and it’s also back on the Billboard charts, which I guess means everyone will have “Non-Stop” stuck in their heads again for the next six months. It will never not be 2016!

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Billboard says the hip-hop musical’s original cast recording album hit No. 2 on the Billboard 200 chart this week, with folks hitting it up hard now that the full musical (minus a few “fucks”) is streaming on Disney+. Hamilton’s been in the top 5 before—after it cleaned up at the Tony Awards in 2016, it peaked at No. 3. Last week, it was at No. 14.

Hamilton is now the highest-charted musical album since Hair hit No. 1 in 1969,(though it only topped its own record, so I guess it’s been the highest-charted musical album for a while). Anyway, if you are currently listening to Hamilton for the first time, I highly recommend listening to the Hamilton Mixtape, which is better than the studio album and has an incredible Ashanti cover of “Helpless.”

Night blogger, author of GOOD THINGS HAPPEN TO PEOPLE YOU HATE.

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The Hamilton Mix Tape is not better than the original sound track.

It is great but it is not better. It’s just a different take.

Nothing will top Renee Elise singing “Satisfied”.