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‘Hamilton’ cast recording becomes first Broadway album certified diamond

The Recording Industry Association of America announced the milestone.

(L-R) Daveed Diggs, Okieriete Onaodawan, Anthony Ramos and Lin-Manuel Miranda in the Broadway production of “Hamilton” (Credit: Sam Rudy Media)

The original Broadway cast recording of “Hamilton” has been certified diamond by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). The album is the first original Broadway cast recording to ever hit diamond status.

The RIAA is the trade organization “that supports and promotes the creative and commercial vitality of musical labels in the United States,” according to its website. The group began awarding gold, platinum, multi-platinum and diamond status to singles, albums and artists as a way to honor artists as well as track recording sales.

Diamond status, established in 1999, denotes the sale of 10 million or more copies. The RIAA announced on June 23 that “Hamilton” reached this threshold.

Every song of the 46 on the album has also earned its own certification: 34 platinum and 18 gold.

The “Hamilton” cast album became available for preorder on Aug. 7, 2015. It was released by Atlantic Records on Sept. 25 of that year and on Feb. 15, 2016, won the Grammy Award for Best Musical Theater Album. It was produced by Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson and Tariq “Black Thought” Trotter. “Hamilton” features music and lyrics by Lin-Manuel Miranda with orchestrations and music direction by Alex Lacamoire.

The recording features the original Broadway company, led by Miranda, Leslie Odom Jr., Christopher Jackson, Renée Elise Goldsberry, Phillipa Soo, Jasmine Cephas Jones, Daveed Diggs, Anthony Ramos, Okieriete Onaodawan and Jonathan Groff.