The Greatest Showman is crowned 2018’s best-selling album
3rd January 2019

The Greatest Showman beats Mamma Mia! soundtrack, George Ezra and Ed Sheeran to be crowned 2018’s best-selling album

  • The soundtrack for The Greatest Showman was top of the end-of-year charts 
  • It beat  George Ezra’s Staying at Tamara’s which came second on the list
  • Ed Sheeran’s hugely popular Divide was third in the final standings for 2018 

Last year gave us the long-awaited Mamma Mia! sequel – but another musical secured the country’s biggest-selling album.

The soundtrack for The Greatest Showman, which stars Hugh Jackman as circus impresario PT Barnum, topped the charts according to end-of-year figures released by the British Phonographic Industry.

The album beat George Ezra’s Staying at Tamara’s into second, with Ed Sheeran’s Divide third. 

The soundtrack for Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again was the fourth-biggest seller. The album charts were dominated by men, with just four of the top 20 released by women. Only Dua Lipa cracked the top ten, with her self-titled debut at number nine.

The overall picture was slightly more cheery for women artists, with 49 per cent of the singles that spent most time in the charts featuring female singers – compared with just 35 per cent in 2017.

Hugh Jackman starring as circus impresario PT Barnum in the Greatest Showman back in 2017

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