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).
The soundtrack includes music by the film’s stars Hugh Jackm?an, Michelle Williams, Zac Efron and Zendaya. According to Box Office Mojo, the movie has earned over $58 million at the U.S. and Canada box office through Jan. 2.
The Greatest Showman is also currently nominated for three Golden Globe awards: best motion picture – musical or comedy, best performance by an actor in a motion picture – musical or comedy (Jackman), and best original song – motion picture (“This Is Me,” written by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul). The 75th Golden Globe Awards will be presented live on an NBC TV special at 5 pm PT/8 pm ET on Jan. 7.
The rest of next week’s Billboard top 10 will likely contain familiar faces, including previous No. 1s like Ed Sheeran’s ÷ (Divide) and Taylor Swift’s Reputation, which would take the Nos. 2 and 3 slots, respectively.