When the soundtrack for Encanto, Disney’s latest animated film, was released two months ago, it was by no means a hit, peaking at number 197 on the Billboard 200.
But Lin-Manuel Miranda’s haunting and eclectic songs from the film, inspired by salsa, bachata, hip-hop and classic Broadway, were sleepover hits when the film began streaming on Disney+ a month ago. For weeks, “We Don’t Talk About Bruno” has been a TikTok inevitability, with fans filming dance and sing-along videos, helping to make “Bruno” one of the hottest tracks on Spotify and Apple Music.
The “Encanto” soundtrack returns to number one on the Billboard Albums Chart this week, beating competitors from The Weeknd, Gunna and the new release from American band The Lumineers. This is the second time Encanto has topped the chart after it hit number one two weeks ago and then dropped to number three.
According to Billboard’s tracking department, MRC Data, Encanto sold 104,000 copies in the United States, including 125 million plays and 17,000 copies of the album as a complete package. “Encanto” is the first Disney soundtrack to hit number one multiple times since “Frozen”, which spent a total of 13 weeks at the top in the first half of 2014.
Last week’s bestseller, Atlanta rapper Gunna’s “DS4Ever”, dropped one spot to No. 2 in its second week, losing 36 percent of equivalent sales, while The Weeknd’s “Dawn FM” lost 59 percent, dropping one spot. 3.
Adele’s 30 is #4, Morgan Wallen’s Dangerous: The Double Album is #5, and the Lumineers’ Adme, their first LP in two and a half years, starts at #6.