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CHART STORY: THE SHOW GOES ON

The Hugh Jackman-led soundtrack to The Greatest Showman (featuring songs from Benj Pasek and Justin Paul, best known for La La Land and Dear Evan Hansen) has officially gone #1 on the first Top 50 Chart of 2018.

Here’s where a few key sets stand at the end of the first week in January. 2017’s three biggest sellers are all in the Top 5; Atlantic’s Ed Sheeran is #2 and TDE/Aftermath/Interscope’s Kendrick Lamar is #4, while Big Machine’s Taylor Swift is #3. KIDinaKORNER/Interscope’s Imagine Dragons round out the Top 5. Travis Scott and Quavo’s collaborative project, Huncho Jack, Jack Huncho (Quality Control/Motown/Capitol-Grand Hustle/Epic), which dropped sans rollout on 12/21, snags the #6 spot.

Eminem’s Revival (Shady/Aftermath/Interscope) and G-Eazy’s The Beautiful & Damned (RCA), both of which dropped on 12/15, land at #7 and #8, respectively. Post Malone’s unstoppable late-2016 album, Stoney (Republic), which doesn’t even include super smash “rockstar,” can be found at #9, and one of 2017’s most-talked-about newcomers, Right Hand Music/RCA’s Khalid, sees his American Teen at #10. 

And yes, as you may have noticed, there are no debuts in the first week of January this year. Also, there’s no pride (when you look in the mirror and regret all the food and booze you consumed by December’s end). C’est la vie.

When it comes to chart marketshare, UMG is #1 with 50%, while WMG follows with 32% and SME is #3 with 17%. The indies claim 1%.

Streeting on 1/12 are albums from SYCO/Epic’s Camila Cabello and Interscope’s BØRNS, as well as RCA’s 2018 Grammy Nominees compilation.

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