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"Mamma Mia!" Soundtrack and Original Cast Recording Topping the Charts

Posted on Friday, August 1st, 2008 8:52 AM by Scott Jentsch

The musical Mamma Mia! has been holding its own quite successfully as counter-programming to the uber-dark tone of Batman's The Dark Knight.

One thing that I've heard the most about in reviews and comments that I've read (including reviews from our own readers) is that the music is addicting and great, Pierce Brosnan's best efforts aside. The movie is centered around hits by the band ABBA and features singing performances by Meryl Streep, Pierce Brosnan, Amanda Seyfried and other cast members.

The movie soundtrack and the cast recording from the long-running stage musical have been lighting up the best-sellers charts on Billboard, iTunes, and Amazon.com, according to a press release by the music studio Decca.

The Movie Soundtrack has garnered the #3 chart position on Billboard's Top 200, achieved #1 status overall on the iTunes Music Store, and #1 on the Billboard Soundtrack chart, all in its third week of release.

You can buy the music yourself in a variety of forms, from the tried-and-true CD format to online downloads from Amazon.com and iTunes. You can find the links below:

 Soundtrack
Buy the CD
Buy the MP3 Download

Meryl Streep - Mamma Mia! (The Movie Soundtrack)
 Buy the CD
Buy the MP3 Download

Hilton McRae, Nicolas Colicos, Paul Clarkson & Siobhan McCarthy - Mamma Mia! (1999 Original Cast Recording) [5th Anniversary Edition]

 

Press Release

MAMMA MIA! - The Movie Soundtrack and Original Cast Recording Rule the Charts!

NEW YORK, July 31 /PRNewswire/ -- In an astounding week of sales across the board, both MAMMA MIA! The Movie Soundtrack and the MAMMA MIA! Original Cast Album are runaway smashes, ruling the Billboard, iTunes and Amazon charts.

The Movie Soundtrack has garnered the #3 chart position on Billboard's Top 200, achieved #1 status overall on the iTunes Music Store, and #1 on the Billboard Soundtrack chart, all in its third week of release.

Additionally, the Soundtrack's debut marked the highest charting week ever in history for an ABBA recording. Eight years after its release, The Original Cast Recording also currently holds the #1 position on Billboard's Broadway Chart. The beloved musical has been seen by more than 30 million people in 170 cities and eight languages around the world.

Chris Roberts, President, Classics and Jazz International/Chairman, Decca Label Group, commented, "The success of the MAMMA MIA! Soundtrack and Cast Recording further solidify the power of the franchise, with its ever-growing popularity. The music continues to resonate with audiences of all ages, and these recordings have taken on a life of their own. We are proud and excited to be part of this continued phenomenon."

Mixed, mastered and produced by ABBA's musical geniuses Benny Andersson and Bjorn Ulvaeus, the soundtrack is the ultimate souvenir from the hit film. Andersson and Ulvaeus reunited in Stockholm with the musicians who played on the original ABBA songs to record the disc in February 2007. It was the first time the musicians had played the songs together since ABBA toured more than 25 years ago. Along with producing the recording, Andersson also played keyboards. He commented, "We didn't have to think about it -- it was in the fingers."

Both MAMMA MIA! The Movie Soundtrack and Original Cast Album are available now on Decca and Decca Broadway respectively.

http://www.mammamiamovie.com / http://www.deccarecords-us.com

Source: Decca Label Group



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