What would it take to knock Lin-Manual Miranda’s soundtrack for the Disney animated film “Encanto” off the top of the album charts where it’s been camping for two months?
New albums from King & Country or Dolly Parton? Morgan Wallen’s album?
No. No. And no.
Would you believe it, a musical album by The Dan Le Batard Show With Stugotz?
“Big Game” bows to No. 1
In what seems like a first – and we’re sure astute chart watchers will alert us if we’re wrong about it – we can’t think of another musical made like a lark of a sports podcastby a former Miami Herald sports columnist, about the NFL season, which never reached No. 1 on any album sales chart.
But that’s what the show’s “The Big Game” accomplished on its Thursday release date.
The football musical titled “The Big Game,” featuring music written by JT Daly, and vocal contributions from Le Batard, Miami Herald sports columnist Greg Cote, and Zoo Miami communications director Ron Magill, has landed at No. 1 on iTunes Apple Music Top Albums Chart.
That means the Miami-made musical project was the most downloaded album at the time Apple released its sales chart, which is updated hourly. “The Big Game” held the No. 1 position all day Thursday. (It will take another week to see how, or if, “The Big Game” lands on the Billboard album chart, as this music industry magazine is a weekly.)
On Friday, “The Big Game” first slipped to No. 3, then to No. 6 at noon – but still two positions ahead of “Encanto”. For those counting, “Impera,” the new album by Swedish rockers Ghost, is Apple’s No. 1 album.
That we have. Wallen’s rock and rap and country album, which has been in the Top 10 bestsellers for over a year, tends to sell well. But a musical based on a sports podcast? Even though executive producer Mike Ryan’s project offers a range of contemporary music covering R&B, pop and a touch of 80s opera rock. plan, often No. 1 on the Apple Sports charts, and with a loyal and large following.
Side, Magill react
“I think people in and around the show were hoping that it might actually chart, somehow, somewhere. I’m not sure anyone expected #1. I know not,” Côté said, joking that he takes all the credit for his performance on the track, “Back in My Day.” , for driving his fast sales.
“No, seriously, Mike Ryan and JT Daly have done a fantastic job producing a professional quality album so quickly,” Cote quickly added. “Batard fans are an army ready to fight, anytime, anywhere. ‘Oh, are you releasing a musical album? Here we are !
Magill, who in addition to his national fame as a wildlife expert and photographer can now add a singer to his skillset, is equally thrilled.
“Quite frankly, I’m blown away that it debuted at No. 1, supplanting ‘Encanto.’ show are the most passionate, loyal and dedicated I’ve ever come across. It’s the engaged listeners across the country who really drive this incredible train,” said Magill, giving big credit to Ryan for his role in bringing the show to life. the musical from conception to completion.
From zoo to music studio
Côté and Magill have their talents, that’s for sure. But music stars?
“I was honored to be asked to be the ‘closest’ on the album and contributed not only with the lyrics, but also with my limited singing ability!” said Magill.
On the recording, Magill uses her zoological expertise to portray the strengths of rams and tigers and how they would fight against each other, while still keeping with the musical’s Super Bowl theme.
“I said dramatically that under normal circumstances the tiger would have a big advantage over the ram, but then I sang that it didn’t matter”Cooooooper Kuuuuuuup!“,” Magill said of the Rams’ MVP receiver.
“When I was first asked to take part, I was happy to do it even if I wasn’t sure why other than to entertain the great listeners of the “Le Batard Show”. I was certainly not confident , although I wasn’t nervous either, because these guys taught me to always have fun and laugh at myself, so I let myself go in my most dramatic way,” Magill teased.
Magill added that listeners to her previous podcast appearances have donated more than $200,000 to her conservation endowment at Zoo Miami to help protect animals in the wild. “These donations come from all states in the country as well as several other countries, including Canada, Australia and Portugal. No other program I’ve ever done had that kind of impact,” he said.
What’s next for the Miami Beach-based team of podcast show Le Batard? Of them live appearances at SXSW in Austin on March 13-14, All Access.Com reports.
This story was originally published March 11, 2022 12:56 p.m.