On the Billboard Hot 100, Ed Sheeranand 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.
From now until the end of next week, if you itching to see The Greatest Showman and live near one of 300 select theaters in the United States (you can see if you’re nearby any of them at The Greatest Showman website), then you can experience the movie with all of the song lyrics displayed on the bottom of the screen. Even better, this means you’ll be able to belt out the same tunes as Hugh Jackman and the gang, and no one will give you a weird look like they would at almost every other theatrical presentation. Just be warned that one of the side effects of experiencing The Greatest Showman in this format is it’ll be even likelier that those songs will be stuck in your head for the rest of the day.
This isn’t the first time a big movie has received the sing-a-long treatment in theaters, as Disney previously did it with Frozen and Moana. Nevertheless, for The Greatest Showman, it’s a big deal. The movie’s songs were written by Justin Paul and Benj Pasek, the same lyricists who wrote La La Land’s tunes with Justin Hurtwitz and won an Oscar for their work. They’ve had great success with The Greatest Showman as well, as the movie’s soundtrack currently ranks #1 on the Billboard 200 albums chart and has reached #1 on iTunes in over 60 countries. It’s only appropriate that with such well-received songs, The Greatest Showman can be enjoyed as a sing-a-long in theaters.
The Greatest Showman stars Hugh Jackman as P.T. Barnum, Zac Efron as Phillip Carlyle, Zendaya as Anne Wheeler, Michelle Williams as Charity Barnum and Rebecca Ferguson as Jenny Lind, among others. Although overall critical reception towards The Greatest Showman has been mixed, it did receive awards attention most recently at the Golden Globes, where it was nominated for Best Motion Picture — Musical or Comedy, Best Actor — Musical or Comedy (Hugh Jackman) and Best Original Song — Motion Picture.
You can find out what we thought of The Greatest Showman by reading our review. For those wanting to know what’s being released in theaters this year, scan through our 2018 premiere guide.
Ed Sheeran has been knocked off the top spot by the soundtrack of the film on everybody’s lips, The Greatest Showman.
The star-studded musical starring Zendaya, Zac Efron, Hugh Jackman and Keala Settle features original music written by duo Pasek and Paul, the masterminds behind the songs in La La Land.
The soundtrack has risen to Number 1 on the Official Albums Chart this week and it’s dominating the UK Singles Chart also, with three songs charting in the Top 40.