‘The Greatest Showman’ reimagined

Various artists are putting their own stamp on the classic songs from The Greatest Showman movie.

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BY BILLY SUTER

IT SEEMS the world just cannot get enough of the year’s most popular movie and soundtrack album, The Greatest Showman., which spent 20 weeks at No  in the UK, making it not only the overall top-selling album of 2018, but also the British album chart’s longest-running No 1 soundtrack in 50 years.

Now fans can expect The Greatest Showman – Reimagined, scheduled for global release on November 16. It will feature songs from the film covered by popular artists including Pink who, with her daughter, Willow Sage Hart, gives a powerful interpretation of A Million Dreams.

Atlantic Records will release two additional tracks prior to the release of the album, with Panic! At The Disco’s The Greatest Show set to arrive on November 2 and Kelly Clarkson’s version of Never Enough due on November 9.

A deluxe repackaging of the album is due – presented as a hardback CD book, including a 32-page booklet containing all song lyrics from the film and a bonus ‘Sing-a-Long’ disc, featuring instrumental versions of the original tracks.

The album is highlighted by a new version of the three-times-platinum-certified This Is Me, the rousing song which took the Golden Globe this year for best song from a movie. The new version is performed by Keala Settle, Kesha and Missy Elliott.

Others contributing include Sara Bareilles (Tightrope), Years & Years and Jess Glynne (Come Alive), MAX and Ty Dolla $ign (The Other Side), James Arthur and Anne-Marie (Rewrite the Stars), and Zac Brown Band (From Now On), among others. The album will include three bonus tracks, performed by Pentatonix (The Greatest Show), Craig David (Come Alive) and Kesha (This is Me).

Other news about The Greatest Showman is that the original soundtrack album was recently certified twice-platinum by the Record Industry Association of America, for sales and streams in excess of 2 million. It marks the first soundtrack to spend three consecutive weeks crowning the SoundScan/Billboard 200 since 2014’s  Frozen movie soundtrack.

The album has reportedly hit the top spot on charts in 86 countries. Global streams are around 3 billion copies and sales now exceed 4 million.

The Greatest Showman is a bold and original musical that celebrates the birth of show business and the sense of wonder felt when dreams come to life. Inspired by the ambition and imagination of PT Barnum, the film tells the story of a visionary who rose from nothing to create a mesmersing spectacle that became a worldwide sensation.

The Greatest Showman was directed by new filmmaker Michael Gracey. The film stars Academy Award-nominee Hugh Jackman alongside Academy Award-nominee Michelle Williams, Zendaya, Zac Efron and Rebecca Ferguson.


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