Move over, Yeezy, there’s a new star on the music scene — and it’s Hugh Jackman, the actor best known for playing Wolverine!
Though 2018 has already seen new work from Kanye West, Taylor Swift, Drake, Beyonce, and Justin Timberlake, the coveted distinction of “best-selling album” belongs to the original soundtrack of last winter’s movie musical The Greatest Showman.
— Bandwagon (@BandwagonAsia) July 3, 2018
In the movie Jackman plays a young P.T. Barnum, who leaves his regular life to start the world’s first circus. Conflict between the circus and formal British society ensues, inspiring many catchy songs, including several performed by Zendaya and Zac Efron.
Though the film never topped the box office, the album has continued to sell long after its inspiration left theaters.
The album has gone platinum in 10 countries. It even went triple platinum here in the United States.
It spent 23 weeks in the Top 5 albums in the U.S. and, at an ironic 21 weeks, it beat out Adele’s “21” for longest time at the top of the charts in the U.K.
The Greatest Showman is also now the best-selling movie soundtrack since 2014’s Frozen.
the greatest showman is 3x platinum making it the best selling album of the year so far. what’s your favorite song on this osca… — i literally love them all but on top would probably be from now on or this is me or the other side https://t.co/wg2e1bEXff
— krish ✨ (@sanverslane) July 3, 2018
Though audiences still buy original soundtracks when movies take the time to write them, as they did with Black Panther and Frozen, fewer and fewer films in modern times feel the need to compose their own songs, instead relying on popular mainstream music.
Most of the films in the Marvel Cinematic Universe have soundtracks that sell well, but rarely include any new music. With Iron Man tapping into AC/DC and Guardians of the Galaxy reviving rock from the 1970s, Black Panther was a major departure from the norm.
I loved The Greatest Showman so much, and I love that it’s the best selling album of the year – a great message!! https://t.co/cFmFYMmLo7
— Kendra Wright (@Kendra_Wright) July 3, 2018
This wasn’t always the case, however!
The Bodyguard, Flashdance, and Footloose (all staples of the 80’s) boasted blockbuster soundtracks. Saturday Night Fever‘s original soundtrack actually enjoyed a brief stint as the best-selling album of all time until Thriller arrived a few years later.
When I die I'd like to come back as the Saturday Night Fever sound track.
— Drewbix (@DrewbixMusic) August 31, 2010
When you can't sleep so you listen to flashdance sound track (to get familiar with it @joanneclifton ) and do German vocab ❤️
— Jess Coleman (@jessxcoleman) July 16, 2017
So, which song from The Greatest Showman is your favorite?