'Greatest Showman' Scales New Heights In Return to U.K. No. 1

Niko Tavernise
Hugh Jackman stars as P.T. Barnum in Twentieth Century Fox’s 'The Greatest Showman'

The U.K. album chart welcomes the soundtrack of The Greatest Showman (Atlantic/Warner) back to No. 1, in its best-ever sales week. Ariana Grande's “thank u, next” (Republic/ Universal) starts a sixth week atop the singles chart. 

The Greatest Showman posts its best weekly combined units total of 57,000, according to the Official Charts Company. That's some 6,000 more than its previous highest weekly figure, in February. This is the 22nd aggregate week at No. 1 for the soundtrack, which has spent all but the first of its 51 chart weeks in the top five. 

George Ezra climbs again 4-2 with Staying At Tamara's (Columbia/Sony), as Michael Bublé's Love (Reprise/Warner Music) holds at No. 3. Roy Orbison's second posthumous album with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Unchained Melodies (Sony Music CG), moves up 6-4, while Take That's Odyssey (Polydor/Universal) holds at No. 5.

Another album of catalog material now featuring the RPO, Carpenters With The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra (UMC/Universal), debuts at No. 8. Little Mix are up 11-10 with LM5 (Syco Music/Sony) and Coldplay's A Head Full Of DreamsLive In Buenos Aires (Parlophone/Warner Music) starts at No. 15.

Grande's “thank u, next” holds on to the top singles berth with a lead of just under 9,000 combined units over Ava Max's “Sweet But Psycho” (Atlantic/Warner), which holds at No. 2. Halsey's “Without Me” (Capitol/Universal) stays at No. 3, while Mark Ronson's collaboration with Miley Cyrus, “Nothing Breaks Like A Heart” (Columbia/Sony), improves 10-4.

The festive flavor of the U.K. countdown grows ever stronger, with the prestigious Christmas singles chart due to be announced on Dec. 21. Mariah Carey's “All I Want For Christmas Is You” (Columbia/Sony) is up 6-5, Wham!'s “Last Christmas” (RCA/Sony) 14-7 and “Fairytale Of New York” (Warner Bros./Warner Music) by The Pogues featuring Kirsty MacColl 18-10.


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