The Official Top 40 biggest albums of 2018 so far

Including The Greatest Showman, George Ezra, Kylie and Anne-Marie.

The Greatest Showman has been the film – and album – the UK can’t get enough of this year; and with 21 non-consecutive weeks at Number 1 (and counting), it should come as no surprise that it’s the UK’s biggest album of 2018 so far.

The Motion Picture Cast Recording has seen off some fierce competition from Snow Patrol, Kanye West, James Bay and Manic Street Preahers during its time at the top, and has racked up some impressive sales in the process – 931,000 combining physical, digital download and streaming equivalent sales.

The album has performed well across all formats throughout the year, helping it stay at the top end of the charts. 46% of its total figure is physical CD and vinyl sales, while 33% is streaming and 21% is from downloads.

At the halfway point of the year, The Greatest Showman has a clear lead over its competitors, currently over half a million combined units ahead of the next best-selling album, Ed Sheeran’s Divide (346k) – last year’s biggest record.

George Ezra’s Staying at Tamara’s, which topped the Official Albums Chart in March, is 2018’s third biggest album so far and biggest released this year with sales of 273k, while Dua Lipa’s self-titled debut is fourth on 158k, boosted by recent single IDGAF and two BRIT Award wins. US rapper Post Malone completes the Top 5 with his chart-topping Beerbongs & Bentleys record (152k).

The Arctic Monkeys’ long-awaited sixth album, Tranquility Base Hotel + Casino – which claimed the fastest-selling vinyl album of the last 25 years - places eighth, ahead of Kylie Minogue’s fourteenth studio album Golden at 14. The star scored her sixth Number 1 album and first in eight years back in April.

US singer Camila Cabello claims the biggest debut album of 2018 so far; her first collection Camila is at 15, while British star Anne-Marie ranks at 22 with her first album Speak Your Mind. Both albums landed inside the Official Albums Chart Top 5 in their opening week.

Snow Patrol’s latest album Wildness – which became the band’s highest charting album in 10 years after debuting at 2 in June – is the year’s 23rd biggest album, while Cardi B’s Top 5 debut release Invasion Of Privacy is at Number 31.

Elsewhere, several classic records and greatest hits feature in YTD Top 40. The highest is Eminem’s Curtain Call – The Hits at 17, followed by Oasis’ Time Flies – 1994-2009 at 18 and Fleetwood Mac’s The Very Best Of at 19.

The Official Top 40 biggest albums of 2018 so far

POS TITLE ARTIST PEAK
1 THE GREATEST SHOWMAN MOTION PICTURE CAST RECORDING 1
2 DIVIDE ED SHEERAN 1
3 STAYING AT TAMARA'S GEORGE EZRA 1
4 DUA LIPA DUA LIPA 3
5 BEERBONGS & BENTLEYS POST MALONE 1
6 THE THRILL OF IT ALL SAM SMITH 1
7 HUMAN RAG'N'BONE MAN 1
8 TRANQUILITY BASE HOTEL & CASINO ARCTIC MONKEYS 1
9 REVIVAL EMINEM 1
10 BEAUTIFUL TRAUMA PINK 1
11 THE ARCHITECT PALOMA FAITH 1
12 X ED SHEERAN 1
13 REPUTATION TAYLOR SWIFT 1
14 GOLDEN KYLIE MINOGUE 1
15 CAMILA CAMILA CABELLO 2
16 GLORY DAYS LITTLE MIX 1
17 CURTAIN CALL - THE HITS EMINEM 1
18 TIME FLIES - 1994-2009 OASIS 1
19 THE VERY BEST OF FLEETWOOD MAC 6
20 STONEY POST MALONE 10
21 SPEAK YOUR MIND ANNE-MARIE 3
22 AS YOU WERE LIAM GALLAGHER 1
23 WILDNESS SNOW PATROL 2
24 LEGEND BOB MARLEY & THE WAILERS 5
25 LEGACY DAVID BOWIE 5
26 IN THE LONELY HOUR SAM SMITH 1
27 WHO BUILT THE MOON NOEL GALLAGHER'S HIGH FLYING 1
28 DIAMONDS ELTON JOHN 5
29 GOLD - GREATEST HITS ABBA 1
30 + ED SHEERAN 1
31 INVASION OF PRIVACY CARDI B 5
32 MORE LIFE DRAKE 2
33 GANG SIGNS & PRAYER STORMZY 1
34 MOANA MOTION PICTURE CAST RECORDING 7
35 COMMON SENSE J HUS 6
36 A REAL LABOUR OF LOVE UB40 FT ALI/ASTRO/MICKEY 2
37 QUESTION MARK XXXTENTACION 3
38 MAN OF THE WOODS JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE 2
39 WHAT'S THE STORY MORNING GLORY OASIS 1
40 AM ARCTIC MONKEYS 1

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Taking a closer look at albums released in 2018, UB40 ft. Ali, Astro & Mickey have made a strong showing this year with A Real Labour Of Love, which peaked at 2 in March, as has the third album by duo First Aid Kit, Ruins, which became their first UK Top 10 album after debuting at 3 in February. 

Controversial rapper XXXTentacion has also seen strong sales of his second album ? following his death in June, and Shawn Mendes' self-titled third album has also performed well this year after landing at Number 3 in June.

The Official Top 20 biggest albums released in 2018  

POS TITLE ARTIST PEAK
1 STAYING AT TAMARA'S GEORGE EZRA 1
2 BEERBONGS & BENTLEYS POST MALONE 1
3 TRANQUILITY BASE HOTEL & CASINO ARCTIC MONKEYS 1
4 GOLDEN KYLIE MINOGUE 1
5 CAMILA CAMILA CABELLO 2
6 SPEAK YOUR MIND ANNE-MARIE 3
7 WILDNESS SNOW PATROL 2
8 INVASION OF PRIVACY CARDI B 5
9 A REAL LABOUR OF LOVE UB40 FT ALI/ASTRO/MICKEY 2
10 QUESTION MARK XXXTENTACION 3
11 MAN OF THE WOODS JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE 2
12 CULTURE II MIGOS 4
13 RUINS FIRST AID KIT 3
14 SHAWN MENDES SHAWN MENDES 3
15 M A N I A FALL OUT BOY 2
16 MY DEAR MELANCHOLY WEEKND 3
17 RESISTANCE IS FUTILE MANIC STREET PREACHERS 2
18 THE TIME IS NOW CRAIG DAVID 2
19 ONLY HUMAN CALUM SCOTT 4
20 YE KANYE WEST 2

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