The Official Top 40 biggest albums of 2018 so far

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

There's been no stopping The Greatest Showman, both on film, and in the music charts. Thanks to 21 weeks at Number 1 across five separate stints, and staying Top 3 for nine months (and counting), it is little surprise that it’s the UK’s biggest album of 2018 so far.

The Motion Picture Cast Recording has held off challenges from huge acts like  Snow Patrol, Kanye West, James Bay and Manic Street Preachers during its time at the top, and has racked up some impressive sales in the process – 1.2 million combining physical, digital download and streaming equivalent sales.

The album has shone 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 34% is streaming and 19% is from downloads. Look back at more soundtracks that conquered the Official Charts here.

As we leave the third quarter of the year behind, The Greatest Showman has a clear lead over its competitors, currently almost 775,000 combined units ahead of nearest rival George Ezra's Staying at Tamara's (435K), which is the top selling album released this year. Watch George celebrating his chart-topping record back in April below:

Last year's biggest album from Ed Sheeran, Divide, is still getting healthy numbers on 427K, ahead of Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again, which was released in July, is already in fourth place, on 256k.

Drake's Scorpion, also released in July, is fifth biggest of 2018 so far (236K), while Dua Lipa scores the best-selling album by a female artist of the year so far, with her self-titled debut in seventh place, on 186k. 

Further down the chart Emimen's Kamikaze – surprise-released in September – is 11th, on 139k, overtaking the tally accrued by his previous album Revival, which is 13th on 134k.

Biggest debut of 2018 so far goes to Essex singer Anne-Marie's Speak Your Mind, boosted by hit single 2002 and various guest vocal spots – it's 14th best-selling of the year, on 124,000, and next biggest debut is Camila Cabello's first collection Camila, at 22. Both albums landed inside the Official Albums Chart Top 5 in their opening week.

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The late XXXTentacion's 2018 release Question Mark is 2018's 25th biggest album; Ariana Grande's chart-topping Sweetener from August is 28th; and Snow Patrol's Wildness, the band's highest charting album in 10 years back in June, is now the 30th best-seller of the year.

Biggest debuts of 2018 so far

There's a variety of first albums in the longer rundown of the year, and of those actually released in 2018, the top are Anne-Marie (14 in the overall list) and Camila (22), followed by: Cardi B's Invasion of Privacy (34); BRIT Award winner Jorja Smith with Lost and Found and Calum Scott's Only Human. See the full Top 10 list below.

The Official Top 40 biggest albums of 2018 so far

POS TITLE ARTIST PEAK
1 THE GREATEST SHOWMAN MOTION PICTURE CAST RECORDING 1
2 STAYING AT TAMARA'S GEORGE EZRA 1
3 DIVIDE ED SHEERAN 1
4 MAMMA MIA - HERE WE GO AGAIN MOTION PICTURE CAST RECORDING 1
5 SCORPION DRAKE 1
6 BEERBONGS & BENTLEYS POST MALONE 1
7 DUA LIPA DUA LIPA 3
8 TRANQUILITY BASE HOTEL & CASINO ARCTIC MONKEYS 1
9 THE THRILL OF IT ALL SAM SMITH 1
10 HUMAN RAG'N'BONE MAN 1
11 KAMIKAZE EMINEM 1
12 X ED SHEERAN 1
13 REVIVAL EMINEM 1
14 SPEAK YOUR MIND ANNE-MARIE 3
15 GOLD - GREATEST HITS ABBA 1
16 GLORY DAYS LITTLE MIX 1
17 REPUTATION TAYLOR SWIFT 1
18 BEAUTIFUL TRAUMA PINK 1
19 CURTAIN CALL - THE HITS EMINEM 1
20 THE ARCHITECT PALOMA FAITH 1
21 GOLDEN KYLIE MINOGUE 1
22 CAMILA CAMILA CABELLO 2
23 THE VERY BEST OF FLEETWOOD MAC 6
24 TIME FLIES - 1994-2009 OASIS 1
25 QUESTION MARK XXXTENTACION 3
26 LEGEND BOB MARLEY & THE WAILERS 1
27 STONEY POST MALONE 10
28 SWEETENER ARIANA GRANDE 1
29 LEGACY DAVID BOWIE 5
30 WILDNESS SNOW PATROL 2
31 IN THE LONELY HOUR SAM SMITH 1
32 AS YOU WERE LIAM GALLAGHER 1
33 WANTED ON VOYAGE GEORGE EZRA 1
34 INVASION OF PRIVACY CARDI B 5
35 MAMMA MIA MOTION PICTURE CAST RECORDING 5
36 HIGH AS HOPE FLORENCE & THE MACHINE 2
37 DIAMONDS ELTON JOHN 5
38 + ED SHEERAN 1
39 SHAWN MENDES SHAWN MENDES 3
40 RUMOURS FLEETWOOD MAC 1

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The Official Top 10 biggest debut albums released in 2018

SPEAK YOUR MIND ANNE-MARIE 3
CAMILA CAMILA CABELLO 2
INVASION OF PRIVACY CARDI B 5
LOST & FOUND JORJA SMITH 3
ONLY HUMAN CALUM SCOTT 4
INSPIRATION SHEKU KANNEH-MASON 11
GOODBYE & GOOD RIDDANCE JUICE WRLD 25
DAY69 6IX9INE 20
LIGHTING MATCHES TOM GRENNAN 5
LIFE OF A DARK ROSE LIL SKIES NA

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