Charts analysis: The Greatest Showman strolls to summit in slow sales week

January used to be a month of substantial activity in the chart, with clearance sales having a huge effect on the album rankings, while the soft market made the month ideal for launching new singles artists – Men At Work and Babylon Zoo spring immediately to mind – and providing established fanbase acts with an opportunity to chart higher than normal. Iron Maiden were a classic example of the latter, with Bring Your Daughter… To The Slaughter providing them with ...

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