The Greatest Showman: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack

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The Greatest Showman: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
The Greatest Showman Soundtrack.jpg
Soundtrack album by Various artists
Released December 8, 2017 (2017-12-08)
Recorded 2017
Genre Pop
Length 39:51
Label Atlantic
Producer Greg Wells, Benj Pasek, Justin Paul, Alex Lacamoire, Adam Gubman, Chris Leon, Ryan Lewis, Ricky Reed, Jake Sinclair, Joseph Trapanese
Singles from The Greatest Showman: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
  1. "This Is Me"
    Released: October 26, 2017

The Greatest Showman: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack is the soundtrack album to the film of the same name. The soundtrack was released in full on December 8, 2017 by Atlantic Records.[1] The first pre-order release was on October 26, 2017 with three promotional singles; "The Greatest Show", "This Is Me" and "Rewrite the Stars".[2]

The album became a global success following the release of the film, topping the charts in several countries including the United States, Australia, the United Kingdom and Japan. The album also reached number one on iTunes in over 77 countries.[3][4] In the United Kingdom, the album became only the second in 30 years to spend 11 consecutive weeks at number 1.[5]

The album's single "This Is Me" won Best Original Song – Motion Picture at the 75th Golden Globe Awards,[6] and was nominated for Best Song at the Critics' Choice Movie Awards[7] and Best Original Song at the 90th Academy Awards.[8]

Release

The first pre-order release was on October 26, 2017 with three promotional singles; "The Greatest Show", "This Is Me" and "Rewrite the Stars".[2] The soundtrack was released in full on December 8, 2017 by Atlantic Records.[1]

It debuted at #71 on Billboard 200, and later stayed at number one for two weeks.[9] On January 7, 2018, the soundtrack had been on the top of the Billboard 200 for two weeks, reaching #1 in its fourth week of availability. It had sold 106,000 copies.[10] In the third week it became #2. The Greatest Showman beat that week's top album in traditional album sales (70,000 vs. 65,000) and was the top-selling album of the week, but didn't top the Billboard 200 due to TEA units and SEA units.[11] By February 7, 2018, the soundtrack was a breakout hit at #1 on the UK album charts and #2 in the United States.[12] On February 8, 2018, Stereogum published an article writing that "statistically speaking, The Greatest Showman is by far the most popular album of the year so far."[13]

By February 27, it was the top album on iTunes.[9] By March 23, 2018, it had been the number one in the UK for eleven straight weeks, more than "any other album in modern chart history except Adele's 21." It had sold 465,000 copies, with around 40% of those sales on CD and vinyl.[14] By April 6 the album climbed back up the charts for its 12th non-consecutive week at number one.[15]

Critical reception

The album was selected for the 2017 Oprah's Favorite Things list.[16] By February 23, 2018, the track "This Is Me" was nominated for Best Original Song at the 2018 Academy Awards.[17] According to Sky News on March 25, 2018, "music critics have put the album's success down to the feel-good, uplifting pop tunes which are also old school at the same time."[18]

Sheila O'Malley of Roger Ebert called the 11 songs "memorable," praising the vocal performances of the leads.[19] The women's magazine Bustle gave it a positive review, particularly certain vocal performances.[20] Stereogum described the soundtrack music as eclectic in its influences, giving it a negative reception for "[serving] up earnest buoyancy in many high-fructose flavors."[13] Also noting the eclectic mix of musical genres, The Ringer writes that "the bombastic tunes mix EDM gleams with stadium-rock grunts, chest-pounding ballads with peppy empowerment anthems, a thoroughly modern and disconcertingly eager post-genre assault designed to barnstorm as many Spotify playlists as possible. It’s a gilded cheese ball, pushing exhilaration to the point of exhaustion."[21] The Guardian wrote that the album brought "a whole lot of self-empowerment, enlivened with some deracinated R&B beats, and given the necessary gravitas by some power ballads of the sort that make one imagine the singer filmed from below with a wind machine blowing in their face."[12]

Accolades

Award Date of ceremony Category Recipient(s) and nominee(s) Result Ref(s)
Golden Globe Awards January 7, 2018 Best Original Song – Motion Picture "This Is Me" – Benj Pasek and Justin Paul Won [6]
Critics' Choice Movie Awards January 11, 2018 Best Song "This Is Me" – Benj Pasek and Justin Paul Nominated [7]
Academy Awards March 4, 2018 Best Original Song "This Is Me" – Benj Pasek and Justin Paul Nominated [8][22]

Track listing

All tracks written by Pasek & Paul.

No. Title Performed by Length
1. "The Greatest Show" Hugh Jackman, Keala Settle, Zac Efron, Zendaya 5:02
2. "A Million Dreams" Ziv Zaifman, Jackman, Michelle Williams 4:29
3. "A Million Dreams (Reprise)" Austyn Johnson, Cameron Seely, Jackman 1:00
4. "Come Alive" Jackman, Settle, Daniel Everidge, Zendaya 3:45
5. "The Other Side" Jackman & Efron 3:34
6. "Never Enough" Loren Allred 3:27
7. "This Is Me" Settle 3:54
8. "Rewrite the Stars" Efron & Zendaya 3:37
9. "Tightrope" Williams 3:54
10. "Never Enough (Reprise)" Allred 1:20
11. "From Now On" Jackman 5:49
Total length: 39:51

Personnel

Credits adapted from the liner notes of The Greatest Showman.[23]

  • Soundtrack album producers: Greg Wells, Justin Paul, Benj Pasek
  • All tracks mixed by Greg Wells, except track 7 mixed by Manny Marroquin
  • Executive music producer: Alex Lacamoire
  • Music producers: Alex Lacamoire, Adam Gubman, Chris Leon, Ryan Lewis, Benj Pasek, Justin Paul, Ricky Reed, Jake Sinclair, Joseph Trapanese, Greg Wells
  • Production music supervisors: Benj Pasek & Justin Paul
  • Music coordinator: Jordan Carroll
  • Music production supervisor: Ethan Popp
  • Associate music production supervisor: Jason Michael Webb
  • Music supervisor: Mark White
  • Supervising musician and vocal contractor: Sandy Park
  • Supervising vocal producer: Liz Caplan
  • Vocal producers and coaches: Justin Paul, Carmen Key, Patrick Vaccariello
  • Vocal arrangements: Justin Paul
  • Supervising music editor: Jennifer Monnar
  • On set music copyist: Benjamin Lively
  • Soundtrack album producers for Atlantic Records: Kevin Weaver and Pete Ganbarg
  • A&R contribution: Brandon Davis
  • Marketing for Atlantic Records: David Grant
  • Project coordinator for Atlantic Records: Kellie Gentry
  • Business and legal affairs for Atlantic Records: Ben Landry
  • A&R administration for Atlantic Records: Aryanna Platt
  • Art direction for Atlantic Records: Mark Obriski
  • Executive in charge of music for Twentieth Century Fox: Danielle Diego
  • Music supervised for Twentieth Century Fox: Anton Monsted
  • Music production supervised for Twentieth Century Fox: Rebecca Morellato and Brianne Porcaro
  • Business affairs for Twentieth Century Fox: Thomas Cavanaugh and Lauren Caruso
  • Music clearance for Twentieth Century Fox: Ellen Ginsburg

Charts

Chart (2017–18) Peak
position
Australian Albums (ARIA)[24] 1
Austrian Albums (Ö3 Austria)[25] 11
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Flanders)[26] 4
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Wallonia)[27] 43
Canadian Albums (Billboard)[28] 3
Czech Albums (ČNS IFPI)[29] 16
Danish Albums (Hitlisten)[30] 8
Dutch Albums (MegaCharts)[31] 5
Finnish Albums (Suomen virallinen lista)[32] 3
German Albums (Offizielle Top 100)[33] 5
Hungarian Albums (MAHASZ)[34] 34
Irish Albums (IRMA)[35] 1
Italian Compilation Albums (FIMI)[36] 1
Japan Hot Albums (Billboard)[37] 1
Japanese Albums (Oricon)[38] 1
Japanese International Albums (Oricon)[39] 1
New Zealand Albums (RMNZ)[40] 1
Norwegian Albums (VG-lista)[41] 2
Scottish Albums (OCC)[42] 1
South Korean Albums (Gaon)[43] 17
South Korean International Albums (Gaon)[44] 2
Spanish Albums (PROMUSICAE)[45] 11
Swiss Albums (Schweizer Hitparade)[46] 4
Taiwanese Albums (Five Music)[47] 1
UK Albums (OCC)[48] 1
UK Soundtrack Albums (OCC)[49] 1
US Billboard 200[50] 1
US Soundtrack Albums (Billboard)[51] 1

Certifications

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
Australia (ARIA)[52] Platinum 70,000^
Canada (Music Canada)[53] Gold 40,000^
New Zealand (RMNZ)[54] Gold 7,500^
United Kingdom (BPI)[55] Platinum 502,548[56]
United States (RIAA)[57] Platinum 1,000,000double-dagger

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone
double-daggersales+streaming figures based on certification alone

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