The Greatest Showman soundtrack ends Ed Sheeran’s U.K. album chart run

The cast of Hugh Jackman’s new film The Greatest Showman has toppled Ed Sheeran’s ÷ (divide) at the top of the U.K. album chart.
The collection, featuring performances from Jackman, Zac Efron, Zendaya, and Michelle Williams, climbs from four to number one to end Ed’s latest stint at the summit.
Benj Pasek and Justin Paul, who wrote the songs for the movie musical about American showman P.T. Barnum, told they were delighted with their triumph in Friday’s chart (12Jan18).
“We’re honoured and thrilled that U.K. audiences are responding to The Greatest Showman,” they said. “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.”
The album is the first soundtrack to top the countdown since Pasek and Paul’s La La Land hit number one in February, 2017.
The pair co-wrote that film’s Oscar-winning song City Of Stars.
Sheeran’s album falls to two, while Sam Smith’s The Thrill of It All is at three, ahead of Rag’n’Bone Man’s Human and Eminem’s Revival.
Meanwhile, Ed’s Perfect remains at the top of the singles chart for a sixth week – one spot ahead of his collaboration with Eminem, River, which is at number two. Rita Ora’s Anywhere rounds out the new top three.