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13 Things to Know About the Charts This Week: 'The Greatest Showman' Tops Billboard 200 & Generates Hits on Hot 100

The Greatest Showman.
Niko Tavernise

Philip (Zac Efron) is entranced by Anne’s (Zendaya) trapeze artistry in Twentieth Century Fox’s "The Greatest Showman."

Music from the film The Greatest Showman is having itself quite a week on Billboard's charts, with the soundtrack rising to No. 1 on the Billboard 200.

On the Billboard Hot 100, Ed Sheeran and Beyoncé's "Perfect" earns its fifth week atop the ranking. The ballad also helps Sheeran score his eighth total week at No. 1 on the Billboard Artist 100.

Here are 13 other things to know about the charts this week:

1. Looking ahead to next week's Billboard 200, The Greatest Showman soundtrack is slated to reign for a second frame. The last soundtrack to spend two weeks at No. 1? Suicide Squad: The Album, in 2016. Click here for the full forecast.

2. Adding to the success of The Greatest Showman soundtrack, Hugh Jackman earns his first-ever appearance on the Hot 100 with the track "The Greatest Show." Co-stars Zac Efron and Zendaya also debut on the chart with songs from the set. Click here to read about the achievement.

3. January is traditionally a slow time for album releases and, as certain late-year box-office blockbusters have remained big after the holidays, some notable movie soundtracks have ruled the Billboard 200 in January, from Titanic to Frozen to, now, The Greatest ShowmanGrab some popcorn and click here.

4. Looking ahead to next week's Hot 100, Bruno Mars and Cardi B's "Finesse" looks set to surge to the top five. Plus, Justin Timberlake's "Filthy" is aiming for a top 15 debut. Click here for the projections.

5. On the latest Chart Beat Podcast, Gary Trust and Trevor Anderson debate which song will be bigger long-term: "Finesse" or "Filthy." Plus, a look back (and listen to) 18 No. 18-peaking Hot 100 hits … for 2018. Click here to listen.

6. Over on the Pop Shop Podcast, Keith Caulfield and Katie Atkinson predict the upcoming Academy Award nominations for best original song. Click here to listen.

7. Cardi B continues to add Billboard chart honors, as the MC ties Beyoncé as the only women to post four concurrent top 10 hits on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs. She earns the feat with "No Limit," "Motorsport," "Bodak Yellow (Money Moves)" and "Bartier Cardi." Click here to read about the achievement.

8. On the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart, G-Eazy earns his third No. 1 with The Beautiful & DamnedClick here to read the story.

9. Camila Cabello's "Havana" logs a seventh week at No. 1 on the Pop Songs airplay chart, earning the singer the longest run atop the tally by a lead female in five years, since Taylor Swift's "I Knew You Were Trouble" in 2013. Click here to read the article.

10. Russell Dickerson is the top emerging act in the U.S., as the country singer-songwriter rises to No. 1 on the Emerging Artists chart. His debut single, "Yours," hits a new peak at No. 6 on Hot Country SongsClick here to read about the week's top emerging acts.

11. LCD Soundsystem earns a spot on the latest Hot Tours ranking, thanks to two recent sold-out performances. Click here to read about the tour.

12. Sam Smith's "Palace" leads the Top Commercials chart for December, thanks to its synch in an Apple iPhone X commercial. The song marks Apple's sixth No. 1 on the survey. Click here to read the story.

13. Fewer hip-hop and R&B singles are crossing over to pop radio, especially by women, according to Billboard research. We analyze when this trend began and whether or not it seems surprising. Click here to read the full feature.