“Greatest Showman” Tops 2018 Album Sales

Thanks to the rise of streaming, music album sales aren’t what they used to be. Even so, every now and then something does great business – like “The Greatest Showman”.

The official soundtrack for 20th Century Fox’s musical take on the life of P.T. Barnum was not only easily the best selling soundtrack of last year, but it was also the best selling album of any kind – by a long margin.

BuzzAngle Music reports the soundtrack sold 1.3 million copies, easily ahead of the runner-up which was the “A Star is Born” soundtrack with 525,000 copies. Justin Timberlake’s “Man of the Woods” came in third with 377,000 copies sold and Eminem’s “Kamikaze” was fourth with 374,000.

In terms of music consumption, including streaming, the soundtrack still rates high and came in fourth place behind only “Scorpion” by Drake, “Beerbongs & Bentleys” by Post Malone and XXXTentacion’s untitled release. When it comes to on-demand audio streams though, nothing could touch Drake with 4.24 billion of them last year (comparatively “A Star is Born” had just 195.1 million).

2018’s bestselling vinyl album was “Guardians of the Galaxy: Awesome Mix Vol. 1” with 47,000 LPs sold.