USA: “ABBA songs dominate almost every album chart”

The soundtrack takes over the lead on the Billboard 200 album chart. It also logs its fourth week at No. 1 on Top Soundtracks, its second week ruling Top Digital Albums and moves from No. 5 to No. 1 on Top Internet Albums. 

Meanwhile, the original repertoire (Gold)that inspired the musical locks its fourth straight week at No. 1 on Top Pop Catalog Albums. Sealing the Swedish group’s monopoly, the original cast recording from the stage production rules Top Cast Albums for a third straight week. In short, ABBA songs dominate almost every album chart.

Billboard Magazine article via Reuters


  • Well about time 🙂
    Just confirms what we long term fans knew all along.America just clicked also.

  • An extract from a Universal press release, they seem very pleased!!!!!

    Since its release in early July, "Mamma Mia!" has turned into an unprecedented worldwide phenomenon, breaking records across the world as the biggest opening of a musical in history. It has already become the fastest movie musical to reach $100 million at the U.S. box office and is now the highest grossing film of 2008 in the U.K., Austria, Greece, Hungary, Norway and Sweden. Within the next two weeks, the Meryl Streep and Pierce Brosnan-led musical romantic comedy will become the most successful film Universal has ever released in the U.K. The film still has more than 35 territories in which to open.

  • Does anyone know what position ABBA Gold would have had on the Billboard Top 200 album chart, had it still been eligible? The chart rules in the USA are very frustrating – why can’t we just see what is selling? Maybe Gold would have been higher than #14 by now?

  • Hey Stephen

    If you check out Fred’s column on you will learn that ABBA are enjoying their best week ever in the States. ABBA Gold is number eleven in the combined charts (a chart which calculates all album sales) In theory, this pushes ABBA Gold ahead of the Album as their best performing long-player Stateside.

    Other ABBA titles: Number Ones; Millennium; and of course all the Mamma mias, feature in various Billboard charts, several of which in pole positions – unheard of for an ABBA album until now.

    Enlightenment has finally reached across the pond – in your own time America!

    Hope this answers your question – Dom

  • Yes, it does answer my question so many thanks. I see it has stalled at #11 for a couple of weeks. It would be nice for ABBA to finally have a true Top 10 album stateside so fingers crossed!

  • ‘Music Week’, the UK’s Music Industry Magazine,
    said that ‘Gold’ would have been at No.9 in
    the main USA Album Chart – the Top 200 – had
    it been allowed into that Chart, in the first
    Week that it was No.11, in the Comprehensive
    Album Chart.

    Other sources say that where it is, (No.11)
    in the Comprehensive Chart, is where it would
    be in the Top 200.

    So, it would either have been a No.11, or
    a No.9 Top 200 Album, had it been allowed back
    into the Top 200.

    It has been No.1 in the Pop Catalogue Chart,
    for 5 Weeks now, but its Sales are starting to

    Week 1 at No.1 – About 18,000

    Week 2 – 22,000

    Week 3 – 24,000

    Week 4 – 33,000

    Week 5 – 28,000

    ‘Mamma Mia!’ has started to lose USA Sales too.

    It actually sold more copies in the last 2
    Weeks, of its 3 Weeks at No.3, than it has at
    No.1, & No.2.

    (Rounded Figures)

    3 – 92,000

    3 – 168,000

    3 – 138,000

    1 – 130,000

    2 – 110,000

Please leave a comment...