Lin Manuel Miranda has enjoyed stardom since he created music for Disney’s Moana in 2017. He became more of a household name after his Broadway musical Hamilton became a fan favorite and the music from the show made his work even more recognizable.
Now, thanks to the success of Disney’s 60th animated feature film, Encanto, Lin Manuel Miranda is more popular than ever, as music from Encanto–especially the songs “We Don’t Talk About Bruno” and “Surface Pressure”–has found its place at the tip-top of Billboard music charts and stayed there for weeks and weeks now.
When Lin Manuel Miranda was performing his role in Hamilton, he made $105,000 per performance, according to The Hollywood Reporter. But just how much has he earned from the music from the film about the amazing family Madrigal and the granddaughter of the family, Mirabel, who never received her magical gift?
In a post dated February 25, 2022, Billboard estimates that the eight songs written solely by the uber-talented Lin Manuel Miranda have earned $4.7 million in global royalties. None of the eight songs written solely by Miranda had a co-writer, meaning that it’s safe to say Miranda didn’t have to share a cut of those royalties with other lyricists.
Exactly how much of that $4.7 million was taken home by Miranda is unclear, but Billboard says he has made “millions” so far.
The L. A. Times calls Lin Manuel Miranda’s music from Encanto a “cultural phenomenon,” and even that might be an understatement. Miranda wrote much of the music for Disney’s 2017 feature film, Moana. But though some of those songs like “You’re Welcome” and “How Far I’ll Go” were very popular among fans, they still didn’t reach the top of Billboard’s charts like “We Don’t Talk About Bruno” has.
Encanto tells the story of the family Madrigal and their magical house, casita, located deep within the hills of Colombia. Encanto is Walt Disney Animation’s 60th full-length animated feature, and was the culmination of the talents of directors Byron Howard and Jared Bush, with input and inspiration from Lin Manuel Miranda. The trio (plus Miranda’s father) visited Colombia before writing the story for Encanto, and much of what they learned about Colombia during their visit to Latin America was incorporated into the film.