'The Greatest Showman' Heading for Second Week at No. 1 on Billboard 200 Chart
The Greatest Showman soundtrack appears headed for a second straight week at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart dated Jan. 20, according to industry forecasters. The set may earn around 100,000 equivalent album units in the week ending Jan. 11 -- well ahead of the likely No. 2 title, Ed Sheeran’s former No. 1, ÷ (Divide), with perhaps 50,000 units.
The Greatest Showman jumped from No. 5 to No. 1 on the Jan. 13 chart, marking the first soundtrack to lead the list since Fifty Shades Darker in March of 2017. If The Greatest Showman spends a second week at No. 1, it will be the first soundtrack with multiple weeks atop the list since Suicide Squad: The Album logged two frames at No. 1 in 2016.
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. 20, 2018-dated Billboard 200 chart (where The Greatest Showman is likely to spend a second week at No. 1) is scheduled to be revealed on Billboard’s websites on Sunday, Jan. 14.
Elsewhere in the top 10, watch for Bruno Mars’ 24K Magic to possibly return to the region, following the success of its “Finesse” single. The album could jump back into the top 10 with around 35,000 to 40,000 units. 24K Magic, which debuted and peaked at No. 2 in December of 2016, was last in the top 10 on the tally dated Sept. 2, 2017.