The Greatest Showman continues to enjoy huge success in 2019 and currently holds the title of the UK’s biggest album of the year to date.
The cast recording spent the first five weeks of 2019 at Number 1 on the Official Albums Chart, bringing its total to 28 non-consecutive weeks at the summit. It’s combined sales for this year stand at 263,000, 1.89 million overall.
The album, which includes hit songs This Is Me by Keala Settle and Hugh Jackman’s The Greatest Show, hasn’t left the Top 10 since it first hit Number 1 in January 2018 – and only dipped out of the Top 5 once.
At Number 2 and currently the biggest artist album of 2019 is Ariana Grande’s Thank U, Next (164k). Ariana’s fifth studio record logged three weeks at Number 1 in February/March and is the UK’s most streamed album of the year to date with 269 million plays across all 12 of its tracks.
2018 chart-topper Staying At Tamara’s by George Ezra is third (145k), and the Bohemian Rhapsody film soundtrack by Queen is fourth (132k). The band’s 2002 retrospective Platinum Collection has enjoyed a resurgence in the chart thanks to the film and currently ranks as the year’s eighth biggest album.
More cast recordings feature prominently in the year-to-date albums chart: Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper’s two-week chart-topper A Star Is Born is at 5, and Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again places at 13.
Further down the year-to-date Top 40, Jack Savoretti’s Number 1 record Singing to Strangers is at 23, Andrea Bocelli’s Si – the first classical album to top the Official Albums Chart in 21 years – is at 32, and Dido’s Still On My Mind is close behind at 33.
British singer-songwriter Tom Walker claims the biggest debut album of the year so far; What A Time To Be Alive landed at Number 1 in March and is currently 2019’s sixth biggest record.
Tom Walker celebrates his Number 1 album, What A Time To Be Alive
The second biggest debut album released this year so far is Dave’s chart-topping Psychodrama, which places 18th. The Top 5 debut albums released in 2019 so far are:
Tom Walker – What A Time To Be Alive (6)
Dave - Psychodrama (18)
AJ Tracey – AJ Tracey (28)
Sigrid - Sucker Punch (46)
Fredo – Third Avenue (64)
The Official Top 40 biggest albums of 2019 so far:
|1||THE GREATEST SHOWMAN||MOTION PICTURE CAST RECORDING||1|
|2||THANK U, NEXT||ARIANA GRANDE||1|
|3||STAYING AT TAMARA'S||GEORGE EZRA||1|
|4||BOHEMIAN RHAPSODY - OST||QUEEN||3|
|5||A STAR IS BORN||MOTION PICTURE CAST RECORDING||1|
|6||WHAT A TIME TO BE ALIVE||TOM WALKER||1|
|7||ALWAYS IN BETWEEN||JESS GLYNNE||1|
|8||THE PLATINUM COLLECTION||QUEEN||2|
|9||NOW THAT'S WHAT I CALL MUSIC 101||VARIOUS ARTISTS||1|
|10||50 YEARS - DON'T STOP||FLEETWOOD MAC||5|
|12||DUA LIPA||DUA LIPA||3|
|13||DON'T SMILE AT ME||BILLIE EILISH||12|
MAMMA MIA! HERE WE GO AGAIN
|MOTION PICTURE CAST RECORDING||1|
|15||WHAT IS LOVE||CLEAN BANDIT||9|
|16||BEERBONGS & BENTLEYS||POST MALONE||1|
|20||YOU KNOW I KNOW||OLLY MURS||2|
|21||THE GREATEST SHOWMAN REIMAGINED||VARIOUS ARTISTS||1|
|22||AMO||BRING ME THE HORIZON||1|
|25||SINGING TO STRANGERS||JACK SAVORETTI||1|
|27||A BRIEF INQUIRY INTO ONLINE RELATIONSHIPS||1975||1|
|28||UNCHAINED MELODIES||ROY ORBISON/RPO||3|
|30||AJ TRACEY||AJ TRACEY||3|
|31||EVERYTHING NOT SAVED WILL BE LOST - PT 1||FOALS||2|
|32||HOODIE SZN||A BOOGIE WIT DA HOODIE||23|
|33||GOLD - GREATEST HITS||ABBA||1|
|35||STILL ON MY MIND||DIDO||3|
|37||CURTAIN CALL - THE HITS||EMINEM||1|
|39||WANTED ON VOYAGE||GEORGE EZRA||1|
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This chart is based on combined physical, download and streaming equivalent sales from Week 1 to Week 13 2019.