Where To Download The 'Hamilton' Soundtrack Before The Grammys Turn You Into Its Biggest Fan
Who would have ever thought that a musical about Alexander Hamilton, the Founding Father who's most famous today simply for having his face on our $10 bill, would make for Broadway's biggest smash hit in years? Not only is the Hamilton soundtrack nominated for a Grammy, but the hip hop-infused show written by and starring Lin-Manuel Miranda (In The Heights) racked up an impressive 13 nominations and seven wins at last year's Drama Desk Awards, and is similarly expected to sweep the Tonys this June. But first up are the Grammys on Monday night, where the Original Broadway Cast Recording is nominated in the Best Musical Theater Album category, up against An American In Paris, Fun Home, The King And I, and Something Rotten!
If Hamilton doesn't win, it will be the single biggest upset of the night. The musical is such a big deal that the cast will even perform live via satellite during the Grammys — one of the few times a Broadway show has put on a performance for the pop-focused Grammys (a short list that includes the likes of American Idiot and Godspell ).
In case you haven't yet given the Hamilton soundtrack a listen — I know, I know, a Broadway musical about a dusty historical figure doesn't sound the most exciting but just trust me on this one — here are all the places you can stream or buy it in advance of this Monday's Grammys:
If you have Amazon Prime, you can take a break from bingeing Season 2 of Transparent (or catching up on surprise Golden Globe winner Mozart In The Jungle) to stream the full Hamilton album through the website's Prime Music service. Even if you don't have Prime, you can still purchase the entire 46-song soundtrack for $18.99.
Are you an Android user? If so, you'll be happy to know that Hamilton is available for purchase on the Android app store, Google Play. You can buy each individual song for $1.29 — or you can buy the whole album for only $0.99. (Yes! It's true! I double checked Google Play.)
For those with an iPhone, if you want to buy and download Hamilton for iTunes it's currently selling there for $19.99.
The whole 46-song soundtrack is also available as a YouTube playlist, so if you just want to sample some tracks first before you download the whole album, go to town.
Oh, and since the almost entirely sung-through Hamilton has more words than some Shakespeare dramas, the musical's official website has helpfully uploaded all of the lyrics for your perusal.
Once you're familiar with all of its music, watch Hamilton (probably) take home Grammy gold this Monday at 8 p.m. ET on CBS.
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