Well, now we’re talking about Bruno, since Disney’s Encanto soundtrack has successfully surged to No.1 on Billboard 200 charts this week. The soundtrack of the amazing animated movie topped the Billboard chart, replacing Adele’s album 30, which held the spot for six weeks.
Though Disney is very influential and movie musicals are getting more and more attention, soundtrack albums are not often seen on the Billboard charts. For the past two years, Encanto has been the first soundtrack album to be able to top these well-renowned charts. The previous soundtrack album to achieve this spot also belongs to Disney, which was Frozen 2. Released in 2019, it was again the only soundtrack album to top the Billboard charts since its prequel, Frozen (2014). Since its premiere, Encanto has been constantly climbing the chart and just last week it was ranked number six.
Besides, Encanto also made it on the Billboard Hot 100, in which singles, rather than full albums, are more focused on. The animated movie’s “We Don’t Talk About Bruno” is now at number five on this chart. Composed by Lin-Manuel Miranda, the song came from ranking fifty on the chart to taking over social media, particularly TikTok, with part of it going viral. There have been cosplayers, artists and general users using the sound in their videos, and “We Don’t Talk About Bruno” has been used in nearly 150,000 videos, as of this article.
As famous as it got among fans, “We Don’t Talk About Bruno” was not put forward for Best Original Song within Encanto’s awards campaign. “Dos Oruguitas” is submitted instead, which is a song with slower, more wholehearted (and heartbreaking) melody. This song is one of the nine song Miranda wrote for Encanto and it has made the Academy Awards’ list to be potentially nominated for Best Original Song.
There are other singles from Encanto’s soundtrack album to appear on the Billboard chart as well. “Surface Pressure” is now at number fourteen, “The Family Madrigal” ranks at number sixty-two and not so far behind is “What Else Can I Do?” at number sixty-seven. At number eighty-two is “Waiting on a Miracle” and “Dos Oruguitas” is only one number behind. Oscar nominations will be out on February 8 and the awards will be announced on March 27. Though netizens have made their decision about their favorite song from the soundtrack, it is possible that Disney could win the award of Best Original Song, since Encanto’s soundtrack has already been on top.
Audiences can now enjoy Encanto on Disney+.