The Greatest Showman retains U.K. album chart crown


The soundtrack to the movie The Greatest Showman has landed an eighth week on top of the U.K. charts.

The collection of songs from the hit movie musical, starring Hugh Jackman and Michelle Williams, saw off a strong challenge from a host of Brit Awards winners to top Friday’s (02Mar18) Official Charts Company rundown.

Ed Sheeran, who performed at last week’s Brits ceremony and was honoured with a Global Success award, is the soundtrack’s nearest challenger – his album ÷ (divide) stays at number two, a year after its release, and as a result, Ed has set a new U.K. chart record, becoming the first artist in history to have three different albums each spend a whole year in the top 10. He previously achieved the feat with his 2011 record + (plus) and 2014’s x (multiply).

Dua Lipa, who won Best Female and Best Breakthrough Act at the Brit Awards, is at three with her self-titled debut, while another big Brits winner Rag’N’Bone Man is at four with Human. Stormzy’s Gang Signs & Prayer, which won Best British Album at the Brits, completes the top five.

There is also no change at the top of the singles chart, as Drake’s God’s Plan logs a sixth week at number one. Static at two is Jess Glynne, Rudimental and Macklemore’s collaboration These Days, ahead of Dua Lipa’s IDGAF at three.

Post Malone and Ty Dolla $ign’s Psycho debuts at four and Marshmello and Anne-Marie’s Friends is in fifth place.