Step aside Justin Timberlake and Kanye West because Hugh Jackman is here to take his rightful place upon the music throne.
Despite 2018 seeing some of the biggest artists in music releasing new albums, including Cardi B and Taylor Swift, the best selling album of the year so far belongs to the soundtrack of “The Greatest Showman,” the movie about P. T. Barnum and his creation of the Barnum & Bailey Circus.
According to Bloomberg Business, the soundtrack has sold close to 4 million copies worldwide, outselling the next most popular album, Post Malone’s Beerbongs & Bentleys, by about 2-to-1.
The record has also racked up an impressive amount of streams across multiple platforms, with the track “The Greatest Show” currently sitting at over 100 million streams on Spotify.
“The Greatest Showman,” which stars the likes of Jackman, Michelle Williams, Zendaya and Zac Efron, was met with mediocre reviews upon release and never led the box office. However, the movie quickly gained a cult-like status, mostly due to its catchy soundtrack.
According to Warner Music, The Greatest Showman has become the best selling soundtrack since “Frozen’’ in 2014.
The record has also enjoyed immense success overseas, spending 23 weeks among the top five albums in the UK, surpassing the record set by Adele’s “21” for the longest chart run in at least three decades. The soundtrack has also been certified platinum in over 10 countries, including Singapore, Australia and South Korea.
With Drake’s new album Scorpion breaking streaming records, it’s probably not long before it overtakes The Greatest Showman as the year’s best selling album, but for now, Jackman and co are on top.