The phenomenal success of the film adaptation of Les Misérables looks set to be matched by the soundtrack of its highlights, which is currently at no. 1 in the Official UK midweek Charts with the fastest ever digital sales for a soundtrack in the UK. The soundtrack was released digitally on Jan 11th
and went top 5 in the overall chart after only 2 days of sales. Following its physical release on Monday it is on course to claim the no.1 spot in the Official UK Charts this Sunday.
The Highlights from the Motion Picture Soundtrack, which has smashed box-office records around the world, has landed the top spot in ten countries with sales of over 700,000 already and is currently in the top three of the iTunes chart in fourteen countries. In the US it went straight to no.1 on the Billboard album chart – the first adapted-from-a-stage-musical movie soundtrack to climb this high since ‘Mamma Mia!’ in 2008.
The critical acclaim for the film, which opened in the UK on Friday, has seen it receive eight OSCAR nominations – including one for Best Original Song for ‘Suddenly’ (Hugh Jackman) – and nine BAFTA nominations. At the Golden Globes on Sunday it scooped three awards and a nomination for Best Original Song for ‘Suddenly’.
Academy Award®-winning director Tom Hooper’s sweeping and spectacular interpretation of Victor Hugo’s epic tale breaks new ground in allowing the cast the spontaneity of normal film acting by singing live during filming, rather than miming to a playback. This is the first time such a technique has been employed and, in Hooper’s words, has “a profound effect on the power and realism of the story.” The soundtrack is sung by an international superstar cast lead by Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe and Anne Hathaway. The Working Title/Cameron Mackintosh production also stars Amanda Seyfried, Eddie Redmayne, Aaron Tveit and Samantha Barks, with Helena Bonham Carter and Sacha Baron Cohen
Set against the backdrop of 19th-century France, Les Misérables tells an enthralling story of broken dreams and unrequited love, passion, sacrifice and redemption. With beloved songs— including “I Dreamed a Dream,” “Bring Him Home,” “One Day More” and “On My
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