The Greatest Showman soundtrack swings to Number 1 on Official Albums Chart

Plus there are big climbers from Little Mix, Dua Lipa and David Bowie on this week's chart.

The Greatest Showman soundtrack has swooped in to claim the Number 1 on this week’s Official Albums Chart.

The collection, featuring songs by the cast including Hugh Jackman, Zac Efron, Zendaya and Michelle Williams, swings from 4 to Number 1 as the period drama musical continues to wow audiences across the UK.

The songs for the film were written by songwriting duo Benj Pasek and Justin Paul, whose previous works include James and the Giant Peach, Dear Evan Hansen and TV series Smash.  

The pair told"We're honored and thrilled that U.K. 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 of the album’s most popular tracks feature in the week’s Official Singles Chart: The Golden Globe-winning This Is Me at 16, The Greatest Show at 23 and Rewrite The Stars, a duet by Zac Efron and Zendaya, at 26.

The last soundtrack to reach Number 1 on the Official Albums Chart was La La Land in February 2017, which Benj and Justin also worked on, including its Oscar-winning song City Of Stars. Check out more soundtracks that conquered the Official Albums Chart here.

The rules regarding chart eligibility for soundtracks have evolved over the course of the Official Albums Chart’s 60-year history. While the chart used to include albums by ‘Various Artists’ - encompassing soundtracks and compilations - since 1989 a soundtrack is eligible if it’s listed with a single artist credit (for example, ‘Original Cast Recording’), or if there’s a common thread between the songs pulled together for one ‘project’ and usually performed by members of the cast.

Meanwhile, The Greatest Showman pushes Ed Sheeran’s ÷ down to two, while Sam Smith’s The Thrill Of It All completes the Top 3.

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High climbers

In the absence of any major new releases, several albums make significant gains this week. Little Mix’s Glory Days climbs two places to Number 10, notching up a 28th week in the Top 10, and Dua Lipa’s self-titled debut lifts four spots to Number 20.

Other big climbers this week include Post Malone’s debut Stoney, up nine places to 24, David Bowie’s Legacy leaps eight to return to the Top 40 at 33 on the week of the two-year anniversary of his death, and Phil Collins’ Take A Look A Me Now – Complete vaults 24 places to Number 36.

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