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Miranda Talks About Bruno, And the 'Encanto' Phenomenon

Lin-Manuel Miranda arrives at the premiere of "Encanto" on Wednesday, Nov. 3, 2021, at the El Capitan Theatre in Los Angeles. Miranda composed the songs for the film.  (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP, File)
Lin-Manuel Miranda arrives at the premiere of "Encanto" on Wednesday, Nov. 3, 2021, at the El Capitan Theatre in Los Angeles. Miranda composed the songs for the film. (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP, File)
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New York (AP) -- A month after “Encanto” debuted in theaters, Lin-Manuel Miranda, who wrote the movie's Colombia-inflected songs, took a long vacation. By the time he returned, something almost as extraordinary as the enchanted home of the movie had transpired.

“Encanto” became the first movie soundtrack since 2019 to reach No. 1 on the Billboard charts earlier this month. The film's most popular song, “We Don't Talk About Bruno,” became the highest-charting song from a Disney animated film in more than 26 years, ranking higher than even “Let It Go.”