The Greatest Showman is doing exactly what it boasts on the artwork, as the soundtrack races out to a U.K. chart feat not seen in a lifetime. Four lads from Sydney could put the stops to that.
5 Seconds Of Summer are challenging for the U.K. chart title with their third and latest album, Youngblood, which dropped globally last Friday. The album is No. 2 on the midweek chart, some 3,000 combined units (sales and streams) adrift, according to midweek data published by the Official Charts Company.
The pop-rockers have some fine chart history on their side. Youngblood is the follow-up to 5SOS’ Sounds Good Feels Good, which arrived at No. 1 on the Official U.K. Albums Chart in October 2015 and 2014’s self-titled debut, which just missed out on top spot, peaking at No. 2.
With Hugh Jackman as ringleader, however, The Greatest Showman has a habit of outlasting its rivals. If the LP nails down top spot once more when the chart proper is published Friday, it’ll clock a jaw-dropping 20 non-consecutive weeks at No. 1, equalling the winning ways of Ed Sheeran’s Divide this year and last.
It’s already recognized as the longest-running No. 1 soundtrack since The Sound Of Music ruled living rooms some 50 years ago, at a time when stage and motion picture cast recording were high-flying sales beasts.