‘We Don’t Talk About Bruno’ From ‘Encanto’ Hits No.1 On Billboard Hot 100

It’s the first Disney animated song to reach the top of the charts since ‘A Whole New World.’

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Lin-Manuel Mirandą - Photo: Astrid Stawiarz/Getty Images for Disney
Lin-Manuel Mirandą - Photo: Astrid Stawiarz/Getty Images for Disney

“We Don’t Talk About Bruno,” from Disney’s Encanto, has reached No.1 on the Billboard Hot 100 songs chart.

The ensemble song – by Carolina Gaitán, Mauro Castillo, Adassa, Rhenzy Feliz, Diane Guerrero, Stephanie Beatriz and the Encanto Cast – moved from the Hot 100’s second position to become just the second No.1 ever from a Disney animated film. It follows Peabo Bryson and Regina Belle’s Aladdin theme “A Whole New World,” which topped the March 6, 1993 chart.

“Bruno” also marks the first Hot 100 leader for the song’s sole writer, Lin-Manuel Miranda. He and Mike Elizondo co-produced it and earn their first and second trips to No.1, respectively, in those roles.

Earlier this month, the soundtrack to the Walt Disney animated musical film hit No.1 on the Billboard 200 albums chart (dated January 15), as the album jumped from 7-1 in its sixth week on the list. It’s the first soundtrack to hit No.1 in more than two years – since Disney’s own Frozen II sat atop the list for one week, on the chart dated Dec. 14, 2019.

Encanto earned 72,000 equivalent album units in the U.S. in the week ending January 6 (up 76%), according to MRC Data. Streaming activity of the set’s songs drove the majority of that unit sum.

The Encanto soundtrack, with songs written by Lin-Manuel Miranda, was released on November 19, before the film arrived in U.S. theaters on November 24. The movie was released via the Disney+ streaming service a month later. A week ago, the album leaped 110-7 after its premiere on Disney+.

According to Billboard, Encanto is just the sixth animated film soundtrack to hit No.1 since the Billboard 200 began regularly publishing on a weekly basis in 1956. Encanto follows Frozen II (one week at No.1, 2019), Frozen (13 weeks, 2014), Jack Johnson’s Curious George(one, 2006), Pocahontas (one, 1995), and The Lion King (10, 1994-95).

“The music of the Lopezes and Christophe Beck are part of the DNA of ‘Frozen’,’” said co-director Christopher Buck. “We couldn’t imagine building Frozen 2 without them. They bring such a rich, emotional understanding of the world and characters, and through their incredible music we have been able to really deepen and expand the story.”

Buy Encanto: The Songs on CD.

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