Frozen Soundtrack Gets #1 On Billboard 200
Posted by Joseph Lee on 01.08.2014
An impressive performance...
Billboard reports that the soundtrack to Disney's Frozen is now #1 on the Billboard 200, selling 165,000 copies. It is up from #4 and has a 55% gain in sales, the only album to have a sales gain in the top twenty. This is the first soundtrack to hit #1 in a year after Les Miserables did it on January 19, 2013 (which reflected the sales week that ended on January 6).
The soundtrack was helped thank to the film's performance at the box office and sale pricing last week in the iTunes Store. It is #1 in the box office for the US and Canada (as of the January 3-5 weekend), earning $298 million. It's the fourth-highest grossing 2013 film.
The soundtrack has increased in sales every week since it debuted at #18 on December 14. Its sales are now at 503,000. It's the fourth animated film soundtrack to hit #1 since 1956, behind Jack Johnson's Curious George (2006), Disney's Pocahontas (1995) and Disney's The Lion King (1994).
Meanwhile, Beyonce's self-titled album fell down to #2 in its fourth week with 130,000. It spent three weeks on top and has sold 1.43 million. Total sales for the album have passed 4, which was released in 2011 and sold 1.39 million.
There weren't that many new albums last week. The highest new entry at #58, Jim Brickman's The Magic of Christmas (6,000 copies, up 38%). It's not a new album, as it was released in October. It appears on the list thanks to discounts at Target, the only physical retailer to carry the album.
1. Frozen soundtrack (165,000)
2. Beyonce - Beyonce (130,000)
3. Eminem - The Marshall Mathers LP 2 (55,000)
4. Katy Perry - Prism (51,000)
5. Lorde - Pure Heroine (46,000)
6. One Direction - Midnight Memories (45,000)
7. Luke Bryan - Crash My Party (43,000)
8. OneRepublic - Native (35,000)
9. Now 48 (34,000)
10. Imagine Dragons - Night Visions (31,000)
Album sales this week totaled 5.4 million copies, down 43% from last week (9.4 million) and down 14% compared to last year (6.3 million).