The soundtrack to the musical drama film The Greatest Showman is on track to hit No. 1 on next week’s Billboard 200 albums chart. According to industry forecasters, the album — which was released on Dec. 8 through Atlantic Records — may earn over 80,000 equivalent album units in the week ending Jan. 4. The album would mark the first chart-topping soundtrack since the list dated March 4, 2017, when Fifty Shades Darker spent a week at No. 1.
The Billboard 200 chart ranks the most popular albums of the week based on multi-metric consumption, which includes traditional album sales, track equivalent albums (TEA) and streaming equivalent albums (SEA). The top 10 of the new Jan. 13, 2018-dated Billboard 200 chart (where The Greatest Showman may reach No. 1) is scheduled to be revealed on Billboard’s websites on Sunday, Jan. 7.
The Greatest Showman soundtrack debuted at No. 71 on the Billboard 200 dated Dec. 30, 2017, jumped to No. 63 the following week, and then zoomed to No. 5 (following the movie’s U.S. theatrical release on Dec. 20).