The Greatest Showman soundtrack equals Adele’s massive UK chart record

The album from the hit musical movie achieves a rarely-seen feat on the Official Albums Chart.

The Greatest Showman soundtrack matches an Official UK Chart record this week previously held only by Adele.

The cast recording of the hit musical film, released by Atlantic Records UK, scores an eleventh week at Number 1 on the Official Albums Chart today; the joint-longest consecutive run at the top in 30 years, along with Adele’s 21 in 2011.

Other albums that have enjoyed long consecutive spells at the summit include Madonna’s Immaculate Collection (nine weeks in 1990), Eurythmics’ Greatest Hits (nine weeks in 1991) and The Beatles’ retrospective 1 (nine weeks in 2000). See a longer list from over the last 30 years below: 

YEAR TITLE ARTIST CONSECUTIVE WKS AT NO.1  
2011 21 ADELE 11  
2018 THE GREATEST SHOWMAN MOTION PICTURE CAST RECORDING 11  
1990 THE IMMACULATE COLLECTION MADONNA 9  
1991 GREATEST HITS EURYTHMICS 9  
2000 1 BEATLES 9  
2017 DIVIDE ED SHEERAN 9  
1988 INTRODUCING THE HARDLINE ACCORDING TO TERENCE TRENT D'ARBY TERENCE TRENT D'ARBY 8  
1989 ... BUT SERIOUSLY PHIL COLLINS 8  
1996 JAGGED LITTLE PILL ALANIS MORISSETTE 8  
1996 SPICE SPICE GIRLS 8  
1998 LADIES & GENTLEMEN - THE BEST OF GEORGE MICHAEL GEORGE MICHAEL 8  
2005 BACK TO BEDLAM JAMES BLUNT 8  
2014 X ED SHEERAN 8  

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If the collection holds on to Number 1 for a twelfth week, it'll match Bob Marley's 12-week run at the top in 1984 with Legend.   

The Greatest Showman and its accompanying album have been a runaway success this year across all formats, from supermarkets to streaming platforms, the soundtrack album has regularly been the most purchased (CD), downloaded and streamed album of the week since it first topped the Official Chart in January.

Now fast approaching the 500,000 combined sales landmark in the UK (465,000), its success has been powered by 42% physical purchases (197,000 copies), 23% digital downloads (107,000 copies) and 35% streaming.

New entries and high climbers

Meanwhile, two new albums make a Top 5 debut this week; rapper XXXTentacion at Number 3 with his second album ?, and The Fratellis, whose new record In Your Own Sweet Time becomes their first Top 10 in ten years. Look at The Fratellis' complete UK chart history here.

US indie rockers The Decemberists land their highest charting album yet with I'll Be Your Girl (8), indie pop band Fickle Friends enter at Number 9 with their debut collection You Are Someone Else, and Brighton newcomers The Magic Gang open at 12 with their self-titled debut. 

Further down, Alexandra Burke’s first release in six years, The Truth Is, opens at Number 16, George Ezra’s 2014 debut Wanted On Voyage jumps 31 places to Number 18 in anticipation of his new album Staying At Tamara’s, and Kim Wilde celebrates her first Top 40 album in the UK for 25 years - Here Come The Aliens is new at Number 21.

View this week's Top 100 Official Albums Chart in full here

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