The Greatest Showman

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The Greatest Showman, starring Hugh Jackman, has been a success in each the movie and music charts

The Greatest Showman soundtrack is primary within the UK for the 11th week in a row – greater than some other album in trendy chart historical past besides Adele’s 21.

The soundtrack hasn’t loosened its grip on the highest spot since January, and has seen off competitors from the likes of Craig David and Camila Cabello.

It has offered 465,000 copies – greater than 40% of which have been on CD and vinyl, the Official Charts Company mentioned.

The success comes regardless of lukewarm evaluations for the film itself.

The Telegraph declared it “completely and utterly bibbly bibbly quack-quack insane”, whereas the Evening Standard referred to as it “a load of big top baloney”.

But the movie, which stars Hugh Jackman as circus entrepreneur PT Barnum, defied the critics to change into a serious field workplace success. In the UK, it has offered £37.5m value of tickets, second solely to Black Panther in 2018.

Many followers are paying to see the movie a number of occasions, with a knock-on impact on the success of the soundtrack, which has additionally spawned the highest 40 hits This Is Me and Rewrite The Stars.

When it first reached primary, on its third week of launch, songwriters Benj Pasek and Justin Paul mentioned they have been “honoured and thrilled” by its reception within the UK.

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“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,” they informed the Official Charts Company.

It now has the the joint-longest consecutive run on the prime spot previously 30 years, together with Adele’s 21 in 2011.

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Adele’s album 21 was knocked off the highest spot after 11 weeks

Other albums which have loved lengthy consecutive spells on the summit embrace Madonna’s Immaculate Collection (9 weeks in 1990), the Eurythmics’ Greatest Hits (9 weeks in 1991), The Beatles’ best hits assortment 1 (9 weeks in 2000), and Ed Sheeran’s Divide (9 weeks in 2017).

The total report for the longest ever spell at primary is held by the South Pacific soundtrack, which was primary for a mammoth 70 weeks in a row from 1958-1960.

Meanwhile, on this week’s singles chart, Drake additionally sustains a long term on the summit – with God’s Plan notching up its ninth week in pole place.

That means Rudimental’s These Days has to accept a seventh week at quantity two. It is now certainly one of solely three singles to spend so lengthy in second place with out reaching primary.

The others are I Swear by All-Four-One in 1994, and Moves Like Jagger by Maroon 5 and Christina Aguilera in 2011.

Elsewhere on this week’s prime 5, George Ezra’s Paradise climbs seven locations to quantity 5, incomes his third prime 10 hit.

The star’s second album, Staying At Tamara’s, will probably be The Greatest Showman’s greatest competitors within the albums chart subsequent week.

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