The all-star compilation album The Hamilton Mixtape debuts at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart, earning 187,000 equivalent album units in the week ending Dec. 8, according to Nielsen Music. Of that sum, 169,000 were in traditional album sales. The album — inspired by the runaway hit Broadway show Hamilton: An American Musical -— consists of covers of songs from the show and songs inspired by the production. Among the guests on the album: Sia, John Legend, Kelly Clarkson, Andra Day, Wiz Khalifa and many more. More
As The Hollywood Reporter noted, Black Thought, who serves as an executive producer for the project, launched the show with an abbreviated “No John Trumbull.” He also rapped a fiery rendition of “My Shot” with Joell Ortiz. The recorded version includes the addition of bandmates The Roots along with Busta Rhymes and…
Regina Spektor, Black Thought and Joell Ortiz also performed at the show feting the Atlantic Records release inspired by the hit Broadway musical.
The full release of the Hamilton Mixtape calls for a winter’s ball at the Richard Rodgers Theater.
That’s just how the Broadway musical and Atlantic Records feted the hotly anticipated collection, which has hitmakers like Alicia Keys, John Legend, Usher, Wiz Khalifa, Ingrid Michaelson, Common, Sia and Nas performing offshoot songs inspired by the hit production. The album will be released on Dec. 2 at midnight local time, though the concert noted that physical copies are now available at the Broadway theater and its souvenir shop across the street.
Black Thought and Questlove of The Roots, who produced the show’s cast recording, emceed the event, which saw Andra Day debuting a haunting rendition of “Burn,” while Regina Spektor shared her take on “Dear Theodosia” and Black Thought and Joell Ortiz got the crowd pumped with “No John Trumbull” and “My Shot.” Producers Illmind and J.Period spun hits before the show began, and Ja Rule and Ashanti then reunited to close the concert with “Helpless,” the duet which Miranda said was inspired by the two artists.