“Encanto” becomes first soundtrack album to reach No. 1 in 2 years
The music of Disney’s Encanto took over the No. 1 spot on the Billboard 200 from Adele, becoming the first film or TV soundtrack to reach that peak in more than two years.
According to a Variety report, the animated movie’s popularity after its debut on the Disney Plus streaming service was also felt on the Billboard Hot 100, as the Lin-Manuel Miranda-penned song “We Don’t Talk About Bruno” soared 45 spots to No. 5.
Adele could still claim one out of two chart-topping spots, as her song “Easy on Me” made its stand at No. 1 on the Hot 100 for an eighth week, even as her album, “30,” slipped to the No. 2 spot on the album chart after six weeks of supremacy.
Granted, the competition among albums was not especially fierce in these dog days after the holiday season. “Encanto” only had to come up with 72,000 album-equivalent units to land at No. 1, ahead of “30,” which had 57,000. The Disney soundtrack was up 76% for the week, while Adele’s album was down 43%.