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With the most weeks at Number 1 this century on the Official Albums Chart, it should come as no surprise that The Greatest Showman's Motion Picture Cast Recording finishes as the biggest album of the 2018, can reveal.

The hugely successful film soundtrack was released in December 2017 and in 2018 – where it didn’t exit the Top 5 for the whole year – the collection shifted 1.6 million combined sales. The album performed well across all formats, leading the way as the year’s best physical seller (CD and vinyl), which makes up 51% of its sales total, as well as being the most downloaded (17%) and streamed (32%) album of the year.

The longest-running Number 1 soundtrack in 50 years, The Greatest Showman spawned five Official Singles Chart Top 40 hits, including the Number 3-peaking This Is Me, 2018’s most downloaded single.

he news comes as the record labels' association, The BPI, revealed 142.9 million albums or their equivalent were either purchased or streamed over the past year - up 5.7% in 2018 compared to the previous year. Streaming, of which The Greatest Showman was at the forefront of, now accounts for over 63.6% of UK music consumption.

The best-selling album released in 2018, George Ezra’s sophomore album Staying At Tamara’s ends the year in the runner-up slot (691k). The album features George’s first UK Number 1 – and the UK’s Official Song of the Summer – Shotgun, and the Number 2-peaking Paradise.

Last year’s best-selling album, ÷ from Ed Sheeran, rounds out 2018 as the third biggest artist album (510k), while the cast recording of Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again, which spent four weeks at Number 1 in 2018, occupies the Number 4 slot (374k). Drake’s fifth album Scorpion, which includes six Top 5 singles, rounds out the Top 5 on 300k.

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International acts dominate the rest of the Top 10, with Post Malone’s beerbongs & Bentleys at Number 6, A Star Is Born featuring Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper at Number 7, Love from Canadian crooner Michael Buble at Number 8, and Eminem’s record-extending chart topper Kamikaze (10).

Dua Lipa’s self-titled debut is sandwiched between those at Number 9 following her double BRIT Awards win and the release of the collection’s Complete Edition. Dua ranks highest among British females, with the album being the most popular of 2018 not to peak at Number 1 on the Official Albums Chart.

Elsewhere, Odyssey, Take That’s reimagined greatest hits and 2018’s fastest-selling artist album finishes in 11th, Andrea Bocelli’s first ever UK Number 1 Si lands at 12, plus Sir Rod Stewart, the oldest British male to claim a Number 1 on the Official Albums Chart, places at 14 with Blood Red Roses.

Ariana Grande claims 2018’s biggest album by an international female artist with Sweetener at Number 16, Arctic Monkeys’ sixth consecutive Number 1 album and 2018’s best seller on vinyl Tranquility Base Hotel + Casino impacts at 17, and the year’s biggest debut album from Anne-Marie titled Speak Your Mind is at 26.

Finally, Olly Murs claims the biggest album to peak at Number 2 on the Official Albums Chart in 2018 with You Know I Know at Number 28.

Anne-Marie leads the list of the biggest debut albums released in 2018, with the Number 3-peaking Speak Your Mind accumulating combined sales of 164k. Camila Cabello’s self-titled collection picks up the honour of the year’s best-selling international debut (125,000), with Cardi B in third with Invasion of Privacy (104,000).

Juice WLRD had 2018’s fourth biggest debut with Goodbye & Good Riddance, Britain’s Got Talent finalists D-Day Darlings claim the biggest debut album by a group with I’ll Remember You, while Beyonce and Jay Z round out the list with Everything Is Love, their debut album billed as The Carters.

Rod Stewart Breaks Down His ‘Age Appropriate’ New Album ‘Blood Red Roses’


Rod Stewart knew exactly what he didn’t want to do when he began penning songs for his new album Blood Red Roses, which landed in stores on September 28th. “I didn’t want to write songs like ‘Stay With Me,’ ‘Hot Legs,’ and ‘Tonight’s the Night,'” he says. “I wanted to attempt to do something a little bit more age-appropriate, and hopefully I’ve succeeded.”

The album is part of a creative renaissance for the 73-year-old that began with his 2013 LP Time and continued in 2015 with Another Country. Up until those albums he’d put songwriting on hold for well over a decade to concentrate on his Great American Songbook series along with other covers projects, but then the itch to compose his own material returned. He says that writing his 2012 memoir Rod: The Autobiography played a big role in that process, along with the realization that creating a new album no longer required endless late nights in dark studios. “I was always locked in the studio for months on end,” he says. “We’d spend two hours getting a drum sound. I’d never even see daylight. It became laborious.”

Rod Stewart Scores 23rd Top 10 Hit on Adult Contemporary Chart With 'Didn't I



“Didn’t I” is Stewart’s first original, non-holiday song to reach the chart’s top 10 since 1999.

Rod Stewart is back in the top 10 of a Billboard airplay chart, as “Didn’t I” moves 11-10 on the Adult Contemporarychart dated Sept. 1.

“Didn’t I,” the first taste of Stewart’s upcoming studio album Blood Red Roses, becomes Stewart’s first top 10 on the chart since 2012, when he spent five weeks at No. 1 with his rendition of holiday standard “Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let It Snow.”

In fact, “Didn’t I” marks the first time Stewart’s reached the top 10 of Adult Contemporary with a non-holiday track since 2006. That’s when his cover of Creedence Clearwater Revival’s “Have You Ever Seen the Rain” climbed to No. 6 (Dec. 2, 2006).

Rod Stewart Scores 23rd Top 10 Hit on Adult Contemporary Chart With 'Didn't I'



Hear Rod Stewart Preview New Album With Stirring ‘Didn’t I’ co-written by Kevin Savigar


Rod Stewart unveiled an original song, “Didn’t I,” as the first offering from his new solo album, Blood Red Roses, out September 28th via Republic Records.

“Didn’t I” is a rousing pop-rock tune packed with country flourishes. It finds Stewart singing about the damage drugs can do from a parents’ perspective.


On the track, the rocker gives off a wizened edge as he sings lines like, “Didn’t I try to tell you, that stuffs gonna kill ya?/ Oh didn’t I/ But you thought it was cool, and I was just an old fool/ Oh, look at ya!” Singer Bridget Cady – who’s toured extensively with Stewart – also provides vocals on the song.

Blood Red Roses marks Stewart’s first solo album since 2015’s Another Country. The rocker co-produced the record with his longtime collaborator Kevin Savigar. The album is available to pre-order, and will be released as both a 13-track standard edition and 16-track deluxe digital version.

“I always think I make albums for a few friends and this record has that intimacy,” Stewart said of Blood Red Roses. “Sincerity and honesty go a long way in life and the same is true in song-writing.”

Stewart is set to launch a North American tour July 24th at the Hard Rock Event Center in Hollywood, Florida. Cyndi Lauper will serve as support throughout the trek.

Rod Stewart Announces New Album 'Blood Red Roses' co-produced and 10 songs co-written by Kevin Savigar

At a concert at Los Angeles' famed Hollywood Bowl last month, Rod Stewart announced that he would be releasing a new studio album called Blood Red Roses in September, and now full details about the project have been unveiled. Blood Red Roses will hit stores on September 28, and will be available on CD and digitally in both a 13-track standard collection and 16-track deluxe version.

The album features mostly original tunes co-written by Rod, and finds the legendary singer exploring a variety of genres, including acoustic folk, soul-flavored pop, rock 'n' roll and pop balladry. The first single, "Didn't I," is a mid-tempo R&B-influenced rock tune sung from the perspective of a concerned parent whose child is battling drug issues. Fans who pre-orderBlood Red Roses will receive an instant download of the track, which also can be purchased as a digital single now.

"I always think I make albums for a few friends and this record has that intimacy," says Stewart. "Sincerity and honesty go a long way in life and the same is true in song-writing."

Rod co-produced Blood Red Roses with his frequent collaborator Kevin Savigar, who also worked on Stewart's previous three records -- 2012's Merry Christmas, Baby, 2013's Time, and 2015's Another Country.

Stewart continues his joint North American tour with Cyndi Lauper this Tuesday, July 25, in Visit to check out all his dates.

Here's the full track list of Blood Red Roses:

"Look in Her eyes"
"Hole in My Heart"
"Didn't I"
"Blood Red Roses"
"Give Me Love"
"Rest of My Life"
"Rollin' & Tumblin'"
"Honey Gold"
"Vegas Shuffle"
"Cold Old London"

Deluxe Bonus Tracks:
"Who Designed the Snowflake"
"It Was a Very Good Year"
"I Don't Want to Get Married"

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