Idina Menzel’s ‘If/Then’ makes chart history

June 13 02:44 2014

King Midas needs to find somewhere else to reign because Idina Menzel has taken over completely with the golden touch. Except Midas had his hand, Menzel has her voice.

Billboard notes that Menzel’s newest Broadway show “If/Then” has made its debut on the Billboard 200 at number 19, the highest mark for a cast album since 1996. In the week ending June 8, the album sold 15,000 copies. The album before this one to make the No. 19 slot was “Rent” on September 14, 1996 with 43,000 sold. It is just pure coincidence that Menzel starred in both productions.

“If/Then” stars Menzel depicting a woman figuring out how to make the best decisions in life living in New York. She performed the number, “Always Starting Over” at the Tony Awards this past Sunday as she was nominated for an award.

Entertainment Weekly also reports that Menzel is the first Tony-winning actor to have a top 10 single on the charts (all thanks to, “Let it Go” from Frozen) as it hit No. 5 on the Billboard Hot 100.

“The Book of Mormon” and “Dreamgirls” also the only other two albums to reach the top 20 since 1980.

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