The Greatest Showman soundtrack smashes HUGE 50-year chart record | Music | Entertainment



The album has just overtaken Saturday Night Fever to score more weeks at No1 on the UK album listings for a movie soundtrack since The Sound of Music.

Saturday Night Fever managed 18 weeks at the summit, and today The Greatest Showman officially logs its 19th.

This gives it the most impressive reign for a music soundtrack since the 1950s and 1960s, when albums of this kind were regularly reigning supreme.

It has a way to go before it beats The Sound of Music, though: that particular album was at the top for 70 non-consecutive weeks between 1965 and 1968.

That success means Jorja Smith has to settle for No3 with her debut album, Lost & Found, one spot behind George Ezra’s still-popular Staying At Tamara’s at No2.

Beach Boys enter at No4 with their Royal Philharmonic Orchestra team-up, while the immovable Ed Sheeran returns to the Top 5 with Divide.

Further down, Kids See Ghosts from Kanye West and Kid Cudi lands at No7, while Lily Allen’s No Shame bows at No8.

Poldark’s Eleanor Tomlinson arrives at No14 with Tales From Home, and Steps’ live album Party on the Dancefloor: Live from SSE Arena Wembley arrives at No18.

Former Spandau Ballet member Tony Hadley struggles with his latest release as a solo artist: Talking To The Moon just scrapes into the Top 40 at No40.

Over on the singles chart, Jess Glynne has extended her record as the British female solo artist with the most No1s.

Today I’ll Be There gives her a seventh chart-topper; meaning she also matches Tinie Tempah and Calvin Harris as the act with the most No1 singles this decade.

“I’m speechless!” she told in a statement. “All I can say is thank you to everyone who has supported the song.

“I find it incredibly insane that I hold a record for the most Number 1s for a British female. It’s insane to think I’ve achieved that so early in my career.

“It’s not just me on all those songs – I have to thank everybody I’ve collaborated with.”

Just behind her, Demi Lovato achieves a new UK chart peak with her Clean Bandit collaboration Solo – up four places to No2 today.


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