The Greatest Showman soundtrack has stolen the limelight on the Official Albums Chart for most of 2018, so it should come as no surprise that the collection leads the way as the UK’s biggest album of 2018 so far.
The cast recording from the hit musical drama, released by Atlantic Records UK, has now shifted over half a million (503,000) sold across physical, download and streaming equivalent sales since its release at the end of 2017. Its 11 consecutive weeks at Number 1 makes it the joint-longest consecutive run at the top in 30 years, along with Adele’s 21.
Benj Pasek and Justin Paul, who wrote the songs for the film, told OfficialCharts.com when the collection first reached Number 1: "We're honored and thrilled that UK audiences are responding to The Greatest Showman. The universal themes of inclusion and acceptance are what inspired every song on the soundtrack, and we couldn't be more proud of everyone involved. Also...does this mean we'll get an invite to Harry and Meghan's wedding?! Fingers crossed! Truly, we are blown away and could not be more excited."
Three songs from The Greatest Showman soundtrack feature in the UK's Official Top 40 biggest songs of 2018 so far.
Currently in second place is Ed Sheeran’s ÷ which, just over a year on from its release, has yet to exit the Official Albums Chart Top 10. The singer-songwriter’s third record has shifted just shy of 3 million in total, 223,000 of which were accumulated so far in 2018.
Sam Smith’s The Thrill Of It All is third with 105,000 combined sales in 2018 (606,000 in total), while Rag’n’Bone Man’s phenomenally successful debut Human places fourth with just under 100,000 sales this year (1.1m, in total).
Following her double BRIT Award win in February, Dua Lipa’s self-titled debut leads the way for female artists as the fifth biggest album of the year to date, while Little Mix’s Glory Days – the longest reigning Top 40 album for a girl group ever – and Paloma Faith’s The Architect place ninth and tenth respectively.
Camila Cabello currently has the biggest debut album released in 2018 so far; her first collection Camila, which features the Number 1 hit Havana, is at 8. Read more on the biggest debuts albums of the year so far here.
Other popular records released this year are George Ezra’s chart-topping second album Staying At Tamara’s (11), Justin Timberlake’s Man Of The Woods (14) First Aid Kit’s fourth album Ruins (20) and Fall Out Boy’s M A N I A (24).
Grime and British rap are represented in the Top 40 year to date chart, with Stormzy’s BRIT Award-winning Album of the Year Gang Signs and Prayer at 22 and J Hus’ Common Sense at 29, while US rappers Eminem (6 with Revival and 15 with Curtain Call), Post Malone (Stoney, 21), Migos (Culture II, 31), Drake (More Life, 33), and Kendrick Lamar (Damn., 35) also feature.
Elsewhere, two orchestral albums feature in the Top 40: Pete Tong’s Ibiza Classics reworked with the Heritage Orchestra and Jules Buckley at 25, and Roy Orbison’s A Love So Beautiful with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra at Number 38.
The Official Top 40 biggest albums of 2018 so far
|1||THE GREATEST SHOWMAN||MOTION PICTURE CAST RECORDING|
|3||THE THRILL OF IT ALL||SAM SMITH|
|5||DUA LIPA||DUA LIPA|
|9||GLORY DAYS||LITTLE MIX|
|10||THE ARCHITECT||PALOMA FAITH|
|11||STAYING AT TAMARA'S||GEORGE EZRA|
|14||MAN OF THE WOODS||JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE|
|15||CURTAIN CALL - THE HITS||EMINEM|
|16||AS YOU WERE||LIAM GALLAGHER|
|17||TOGETHER AGAIN||MICHAEL BALL & ALFIE BOE|
|18||WHO BUILT THE MOON||NOEL GALLAGHER'S HIGH FLYING|
|20||RUINS||FIRST AID KIT|
|22||GANG SIGNS & PRAYER||STORMZY|
|23||IN THE LONELY HOUR||SAM SMITH|
|24||M A N I A||FALL OUT BOY|
|25||IBIZA CLASSICS||PETE TONG/HERITAGE OR/BUCKLEY|
|26||TIME FLIES - 1994-2009||OASIS|
|27||THE VERY BEST OF||FLEETWOOD MAC|
|29||COMMON SENSE||J HUS|
|30||A REAL LABOUR OF LOVE||UB40 FT ALI/ASTRO/MICKEY|
|34||NAT KING COLE & ME||GREGORY PORTER|
|36||MOANA||MOTION PICTURE CAST RECORDING|
|37||WHAT'S THE STORY MORNING GLORY||OASIS|
|38||A LOVE SO BEAUTIFUL||ROY ORBISON/RPO|
|39||TWENTY FIVE||GEORGE MICHAEL|
|40||24K MAGIC||BRUNO MARS|
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