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Book of Mormon Album Is Broadway’s Biggest in Decades

Adele is back on top of the Billboard charts (for the tenth time this year), but at least there's skyrocketing momentum elsewhere: In the wake of The Book of Mormon's nine Tony wins this past Sunday, the show's original cast recording jumped at least 200 places on the chart to come in at No. 3, with 61,000 albums sold. That's the highest single-week tally for a Broadway album since SoundScan started tracking such data in 1991, and it's the highest chart placement for the genre since Hair dominated the charts in 1969. Helping matters was Amazon.com's steep discount, offering Mormon for only $1.99 over three days — a move that accounted for 85 percent of the album's sales. Perhaps those singing Latter-Day Saints took notes from Lady Gaga? [Billboard]

Photo: Joan Marcus