13th March 2019

The Greatest Showman soundtrack named best-selling album of 2018

IFPI, the organisation that represents the recorded music industry worldwide, has announced that The Greatest Showman: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack (OST) was the best-selling album globally in 2018.

IFPI Global Album Chart 2018

Released alongside the hugely popular film, The Greatest Showman (OST) was a global success, topping charts in countries including Australia, Japan, UK and US. The album also reached number one on iTunes in over 60 countries. This is Me, the album’s lead single, charted in the top five in the UK and the top 10 in multiple other countries.

Max Lousada, CEO of Recorded Music, Warner Music Group, said: “At a time when the global possibilities for music feel limitless, it’s fitting that the biggest record of the year defied expectations and took the industry by surprise. This phenomenon was ignited by unique voices and beautifully crafted songs, then amplified by our amazing marketing teams and the power of super passionate fans. It’s been fantastic for everyone at Warner and Atlantic to help The Greatest Showmans message of tolerance and acceptance cascade across the world.”

Frances Moore, chief executive of IFPI, said: “The Greatest Showman soundtrack was the jewel in the crown of a year that reminded us of the powerful role music plays in connecting audiences with the movies they love. Alongside the movie itself, we have seen the soundtrack truly embraced on a global scale.”

South Korean boyband BTS take both the second and third chart positions with the albums LOVE YOURSELF 結 ‘Answer’ released in August 2018, and LOVE YOURSELF 轉 ‘Tear’, released in May 2018.

Moore continued: “BTS’s ongoing phenomenal success is evidenced by them taking both second and third place in the album chart and demonstrates how their music has the power to engage with people all over the world. Their work, talent and dedication is matched by the passion and commitment of their global fanbase.”

The IFPI Global Album Chart combines global sales of physical and digital albums to rank the best-selling albums of the year. The chart includes physical and digital album unit sales only.

Top 10 best-selling Albums of 2018

RankArtist and AlbumGlobal album units (m)
1Cast of ‘The Greatest Showman’ – The Greatest Showman (OST)3.5
2BTS – LOVE YOURSELF結 ‘Answer’2.7
4Lady Gaga – A Star Is Born (OST)1.9
5Johnny Hallyday – Mon Pays C’est L’amour1.7
6Ed Sheeran – ÷1.3
7Queen – Bohemian Rhapsody1.2
8P!nk – Beautiful Trauma1.2
9Eminem – Kamikaze1.0
10Cast of ‘Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again’ – Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again (OST)0.9
(Source: IFPI)

The Global Album of 2018 is the third award from IFPI’s annual Global Charts following the announcement that Drake was the Global Artist of the Year 2018 and Havana by Camila Cabello (featuring Young Thug) was the best-selling single of 2018.

Notes to editors:

The announcement of the IFPI Global Top 10 Albums of 2018 follows the publication of the Global Top 10 Artists of 2018 and Global Top 10 Digital Singles of 2018, all of which are taken from the upcoming IFPI Global Music Report 2019 which will released on 2nd April 2019.

The Greatest Showman – Original Movie Soundtrack is produced by Benj Pasek & Justin Paul, GRAMMY® Award-winning (and 5x nominee) Atlantic Records President, West Coast Kevin Weaver (Furious 7, Suicide Squad, The Fault in Our Stars, The Fate of the Furious) and GRAMMY® Award-winning Atlantic Records President, A&R Pete Ganbarg (Twenty One Pilots, Hamilton: Original Broadway Cast Recording, Dear Evan Hansen: Original Broadway Cast Recording).

20th Century Fox’s The Greatest Showman is a bold and original musical that tells the story of P.T. Barnum – a visionary who rose from nothing to create a mesmerizing spectacle that became a worldwide sensation. The Greatest Showman was directed by Michael Gracey and stars Academy Award-nominee Hugh Jackman alongside Academy Award-nominee Michelle Williams, Zendaya, Zac Efron, and Rebecca Ferguson.

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