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'Book of Mormon' soundtrack reaches number three on Billboard albums chart, bested only by Gaga and Adele

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Joan Marcus

On the heels of winning a whopping nine Tony Awards—including Best Musical—Broadway smash The Book of Mormon racked up another accolade today: The original cast recording of its soundtrack moved 61,000 units this week to reach number three on the Billboard charts, just behind Adele’s 21 and Lady Gaga’s Born This Way. That’s the first top-ten showing for a Broadway musical soundtrack since 1967’s Hair.

According to Billboard data, the Mormon soundtrack debuted on the charts at number 31 three weeks ago. Publicity from the Tonys combined with an aggressive sales strategy—the album was sold for just $1.99 on AmazonMP3 during a four-day sale last week—helped it reach a new high this week, outdoing past musical smashes like Rent (which hit number 19 in 1996) and Dreamgirls (number 11 in 1982).

Written by South Park creators Trey Park and Matt Stone and Avenue Q co-creator Bobby Lopez, The Book of Mormon‘s songs are an irreverent mix of Broadway pageantry and foul-mouthed humor. (You can hear four tracks from the album right here on EW.com.)

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