The Greatest Showman dominated the charts in 2018. Including regular studio albums, the Greatest Showman’s soundtrack was the number-one-selling record of the year.
The Greatest Showman, with its strong physical sales, interferes the possible for a full hip-hop Top 5, but Drake’s Scorpion and Post Malone’s Beerbongs & Bentleys rule once again.
BuzzAngle Music’s newly released data for 2018 shows that the two top-selling albums of the year were the soundtracks for “The Greatest Showman” and “A Star Is Born.” By BuzzAngle’scalculations, which include the growth of individual track sales as well as pure album units, “The Greatest Showman” was the sole million seller of the year, racking up 1.3 million in album sales. “A Star Is Born,” which was only released in time for fourth-quarter sales, came in second, with 525,000 albums.
Drake was dominant in 2018 following the June release of his record-breaking album, Scorpion.
In total, Scorpion racked up 6.27bn US-based, on-demand streams last calendar year, with three of its tracks (God’s Plan at No.1, In My Feelings at No.2 and Nice For What at No.5) landing in the Top 5 most-streamed songs of the 12 months.
Within BuzzAngle’s top 25 streamed songs from 2018 (across both audio and video services), lead artists broadly classed as rappers (including Post Malone and Juice WRLD) claimed nine of the Top 10 tracks. What’s more, hip-hop artists claimed 20 (!) of the Top 25 streaming tracks in the year which is equal to 80%.
The non-rap songs like Girls Like You by Maroon 5 (No.6), Havana by Camila Cabello (No.11), Boo’d Up by Ella Mai (No.12), Believer by Imagine Dragons (No.20) and Perfect by Ed Sheeran (No.23) made their mark in top 25.
US streaming charts for 2018 this time, the most-streamed albums, once again, hip-hop was the defining genre here, matching the streaming track chart with nine of the Top 10.
BuzzAngle also ranks each album release in a chart by ‘Total Consumption’ taking into account audio streaming, plus downloads and physical sales.This chart, which is broadly revenue-reflective, is based on BuzzAngle’s formula of 10 downloads or 1,500 on-demand streams to each ‘album’ sale.