MAMMA MIA! – THE MOVIE SOUNDTRACK AND ORIGINAL CAST RECORDING RULE THE CHARTS!
New York, NY, Friday, August 1, 2008 – 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 in the US.
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.