Encanto continues to explode thanks to its debut on Disney+ last month. All the buzz is surrounding the music and original songs from co-producer, Lin-Manuel Miranda. Today, the popular song “We Don’t Talk About Bruno,” has hit number one on the Billboard Hot 100.
The accolade makes it the second number one ever from a Disney animated film. The first being “A Whole New World” from 1993’s Aladdin. “Bruno” marks the first Hot 100 No. 1 for Walt Disney Records. (The label formed in 1956, just before the Hot 100 began in 1958.) “Bruno” was released on Walt Disney Records, while “World” was released on Columbia Records.
This also marks the first Hot 100 leader for Lin-Manuel Miranda. He and Mike Elizondo co-produced it and earn their first and second trips to Number one, respectively, in those roles. The song also joins the Encanto album itself as a chart-topper, as the animated film’s soundtrack remains atop the Billboard 200 chart for the third time in the last four weeks.
“Bruno,” meanwhile, drew over an astounding 34.9 million U.S. streams, more than twice as many as Adele’s long-running hit “Easy on Me,” but a paltry 1.5 million radio airplay audience impressions, about 1/62nd the number of Adele’s radio power. Still, with a radio increase of 239% for the week, it’s clear that at least a few more stations are starting to try “Bruno” out for a spot in their playlists.
Encanto is directed by Jared Bush (co-director Zootopia) and Byron Howard (Zootopia, Tangled), co-directed by Charise Castro Smith (writer The Death of Eva Sofia Valdez), and produced by Yvett Merino, p.g.a. and Clark Spencer, p.g.a. Castro Smith and Bush are screenwriters on the film. Germaine Franco composed the original score. Walt Disney Animation Studios’.
The film tells the tale of the Madrigals, an extraordinary family who live in a wondrous, charmed place called an Encanto. Each child has been blessed with a magic gift unique to them—each child except Mirabel. But when the family’s home is threatened, Mirabel may be their only hope. The voice cast also includes Stephanie Beatriz as Mirabel; María Cecilia Botero as Mirabel’s grandmother Alma aka Abuela; John Leguizamo as Mirabel’s estranged Uncle Bruno; Angie Cepeda and Wilmer Valderrama as Mirabel’s parents, Julieta and Agustín; and Diane Guererro and Jessica Darrow as Mirabel’s sisters, Isabela and Luisa. Also lending their voices are Carolina Gaitán and Mauro Castillo as Mirabel’s aunt and uncle, Pepa, and Félix; and Adassa, Rhenzy Feliz and Ravi Cabot-Conyers as Mirabel’s cousins Dolores, Camilo, and Antonio, respectively.