Hamilton (album)

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Hamilton
Hamilton cast recording cover.jpeg
Cast recording by the original Broadway cast of Hamilton
Released September 25, 2015 (2015-09-25)
Recorded August 16–21, 2015
Studio
  • Avatar, NYC
  • Invictus Sound, Long Island, NYC
Genre
Length 142:13
Label Atlantic
Producer

Hamilton is the cast album to the 2015 musical Hamilton. The musical is based on the 2004 biography of Alexander Hamilton written by Ron Chernow, with music, lyrics, and book by Lin-Manuel Miranda. The recording stars Lin-Manuel Miranda, Leslie Odom Jr., Phillipa Soo, Renée Elise Goldsberry, Christopher Jackson, Daveed Diggs, Anthony Ramos, Okieriete Onaodowan, Jasmine Cephas Jones, and Jonathan Groff. It also features Jon Rua, Thayne Jasperson, Sydney James Harcourt, Ariana DeBose, and Sasha Hutchings. The musicians on the album are Alex Lacamoire, Kurt Crowley, Andres Forero, Robin Macatangay, Richard Hammond, Benny Reiner, Jonathan Dinklage, Erin Benim Mayland, Anja Wood, Mario Gotoh and Laura Sherman. It achieved the largest first week sales for a digital cast album and is the highest-charting cast album since 1963.[1] It was the highest-selling Broadway cast album of 2015 and peaked at number one on the Rap Albums chart, the first cast album to ever do so.[2]

Debut and reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic5/5 stars[3]
Billboard5/5 stars[4]
Pitchfork6.9/10[5]
Rolling Stone4.5/5 stars[6]
ViceA[7]

The cast album for the musical premiered in September 2015 on NPR's website."[8] Its digital release on September 25, 2015 debuted on numerous charts and was released in stores as a two-disc set on October 16, 2015. It debuted at number one on the Top Broadway Albums chart as well as number 3 on Top Rap Albums, number 5 on the Top Digital Albums, and number 9 on the Top Current Albums chart.[1] Hamilton's debut was the second biggest first week sales of a Broadway cast album, just behind the cast album for the musical Rent. It debuted at number 12 on the overall Billboard 200 chart for sales, with over 2.1 million streams combined from digital service providers, the largest streaming debut for a cast album ever.[1] Following the 2016 Tony Awards, the album re-peaked at number 3 on the Billboard 200 chart, making it one of only three cast recordings to reach the top 10 in the last 50 years.[9]

The album was the highest-selling Broadway cast album of 2015 and peaked at number one on the Top Rap Albums chart, the first cast album to ever do so.[2] It achieved the largest first week sales for a digital cast album and was the highest-charting cast album debut since 1963.[1] It sold 169,000 copies in 2015, and a further 739,000 copies in 2016, making it the fifth best-selling album of 2016.[10] It was certified 5x Multiplatinum by the RIAA on July 25th 2018.[11]

Billboard called the album an "eye-popping debut," giving it a 5-out-of-5 star review and listing it at number 2 on the magazine's "50 Best Albums of 2015."[4] Rolling Stone gave it a 4.5-out-of-5 star rating, listing it at number 8 on the magazine's "Top 50 Albums of 2015."[6][12] Robert Christgau wrote in Vice, "I can attest that the intrinsic intellectual interest [Lin-Manuel Miranda] powers up here is so impressive it's exciting."[7]

Lin-Manuel Miranda made a conscious decision to exclude one scene in the performance from the cast album, "Tomorrow There'll Be More of Us." [13]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Lin-Manuel Miranda.

Act One
No.TitlePerformer(s)Length
1."Alexander Hamilton"3:56
2."Aaron Burr, Sir"
  • Miranda
  • Odom, Jr.
  • Ramos
  • Diggs
  • Onaodowan
2:36
3."My Shot"
  • Miranda
  • Ramos
  • Diggs
  • Onaodowan
  • Odom, Jr.
  • Cast
5:33
4."The Story of Tonight"
  • Miranda
  • Ramos
  • Onaodowan
  • Diggs
  • Cast
1:31
5."The Schuyler Sisters"3:06
6."Farmer Refuted"
  • Thayne Jasperson
  • Miranda
  • Cast
1:52
7."You'll Be Back"3:28
8."Right Hand Man"
  • Jackson
  • Miranda
  • Odom, Jr.
  • Cast
5:21
9."A Winter's Ball"
  • Odom, Jr.
  • Miranda
  • Cast
1:09
10."Helpless"
  • Soo
  • Cast
4:09
11."Satisfied"
  • Goldsberry
  • Cast
5:29
12."The Story of Tonight (Reprise)"
  • Ramos
  • Onaodowan
  • Diggs
  • Miranda
  • Odom, Jr.
1:55
13."Wait for It"
  • Odom, Jr.
  • Cast
3:13
14."Stay Alive"Cast2:39
15."Ten Duel Commandments"
1:46
16."Meet Me Inside"
  • Miranda
  • Odom, Jr.
  • Ramos
  • Jackson
  • Cast
1:23
17."That Would Be Enough"
  • Soo
  • Miranda
2:58
18."Guns and Ships"
  • Odom, Jr.
  • Diggs
  • Jackson
  • Cast
2:07
19."History Has Its Eyes On You"
  • Jackson
  • Miranda
  • Cast
1:37
20."Yorktown (The World Turned Upside Down)"Cast4:02
21."What Comes Next?"Groff1:39
22."Dear Theodosia"
  • Odom, Jr.
  • Miranda
3:04
23."Non-Stop"
  • Odom, Jr.
  • Miranda
  • Goldsberry
  • Soo
  • Jackson
  • Cast
6:25
Total length:70:58
Act Two
No.TitlePerformer(s)Length
1."What'd I Miss?"
  • Diggs
  • Odom, Jr.
  • Onaodowan
  • Cast
3:56
2."Cabinet Battle #1"
  • Jackson
  • Diggs
  • Miranda
  • Onaodowan
3:35
3."Take a Break"
  • Soo
  • Ramos
  • Miranda
  • Goldsberry
4:46
4."Say No to This"
  • Cephas-Jones
  • Odom, Jr.
  • Miranda
  • Sydney James Harcourt
  • Cast
4:02
5."The Room Where It Happens"
  • Odom, Jr.
  • Miranda
  • Diggs
  • Onaodowan
  • Cast
5:18
6."Schuyler Defeated"
  • Ramos
  • Soo
  • Miranda
  • Odom, Jr.
1:03
7."Cabinet Battle #2"
  • Jackson
  • Diggs
  • Miranda
  • Onaodowan
2:22
8."Washington On Your Side"
  • Odom Jr.
  • Diggs
  • Onaodowan
  • Cast
3:01
9."One Last Time"
  • Jackson
  • Miranda
  • Cast
4:56
10."I Know Him"Groff1:37
11."The Adams Administration"Cast0:54
12."We Know"
  • Miranda
  • Diggs
  • Odom Jr.
  • Onaodowan
2:22
13."Hurricane"
  • Miranda
  • Cast
2:23
14."The Reynolds Pamphlet"Cast2:08
15."Burn"Soo3:45
16."Blow Us All Away"
2:53
17."Stay Alive (Reprise)"
  • Miranda
  • Ramos
  • Soo
  • Cast
1:51
18."It's Quiet Uptown"
  • Goldsberry
  • Miranda
  • Soo
  • Cast
4:30
19."The Election of 1800"
  • Diggs
  • Onaodowan
  • Odom, Jr.
  • Miranda
  • Cast
3:57
20."Your Obedient Servant"
  • Odom, Jr.
  • Miranda
  • Cast
2:30
21."Best of Wives and Best of Women"
  • Soo
  • Miranda
0:47
22."The World Was Wide Enough"
  • Odom, Jr.
  • Miranda
  • Cast
5:02
23."Who Lives, Who Dies, Who Tells Your Story"Cast3:37
Total length:71:15

Interpolations

Personnel[edit]

Charts[edit]

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
United States (RIAA)[11] 5× Platinum 5,000,000double-dagger

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone

Awards[edit]

Year Award type Category Result
2016 Grammy Award Best Musical Theater Album[28] Won
NAACP Image Award Outstanding Duo, Group, or Collaboration[29] Nominated
2017 Billboard Music Award Billboard Music Award for Top Soundtrack/Cast Album[30] Won

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