Frozen Soundtrack Defeats Beyonce For Second Week On Billboard 200
Posted by Joseph Lee on 01.15.2014
A surprising hit...
Beyonce is still having some trouble with Disney, as the soundtrack to Frozen managed to defeat her self-titled album for #1 on the Billboard 200 for the second week in a row. Frozen sold 86,000 copies, down 48% from the 165,000 it sold last week. That was helped by sale pricing in the iTunes Store, which didn't happen in the most recent week.
It was believed that Beyonce would return to #1 but Frozen sold between 5,000 and 10,000 more than expected. Beyonce was expected to get around 90,000 last week, but predictions had it at 80,000 by the weekend. It is down 40% from the 130,000 it sold last week.
It's believed that the success of Frozen isn't due to a radio hit or sale pricing, but the film it's based on which has pulled in $318 million at the US and Canadian box offices through January 13. It was #2 at the box office this past weekend ($15.1 million), behind Lone Survivor ($38.5 million). Since the film was released on November 27, 2013, it has been in the top three every weekend. It's the fourth-highest grossing film of 2013 behind The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, Iron Man 3 and Despicable Me 2.
Since it sold 86,000, the soundtrack is the first to sell under 100,000 copies since September 28, 2013, when Keith Urban's Fuse debuted at #1 with 98,000. It's the smallest #1 album since J. Cole's Born Sinner got there with 58,000.
It's normal, however, to see low sales numbers for the top of the chart in January because of the few amount of new albums that debut that month, as well as the holiday shopping season being over.
Frozen is the first theatrical film soundtrack to stay at #1 for multiple weeks since Dreamgirls did it in early 2007. The last animated film to get more than a week at #1 was Disney's The Lion King, which was on top for ten nonconsecutive weeks in 1994 and 1995.
Beyonce did manage to get the last laugh in the end, however, as the Frozen soundtrack has sold 589,000 in seven weeks and her self-titled album has sold 1.5 million in five weeks.
The only debut in the top ten this week belongs to Kid Ink's My Own Lane at #3. It sold 50,000 copies and is also #1 on the Rap Albums chart. It's his first full-length album for a major label, RCA Records.
1. Frozen soundtrack (86,000)
2. Beyonce - Beyonce (79,000)
3. Kid Ink - My Own Lane (50,000)
4. Eminem - The Marshall Mathers LP 2 (36,000)
5. Lorde - Pure Heroine (33,000)
6. One Direction - Midnight Memories (24,000)
7. Katy Perry - Prism (23,000)
8. Miley Cyrus - Bangerz (20,000)
9. Imagine Dragons - Night Visions (17,000)
10. R. Kelly - Black Panties (17,000)
The #10 album, much like the #1 album is also low this week and its also smaller than usual. It's the third-smallest sum for a #10 album ever since 1991 when SoundScan began running the chart. Only two weeks in early 2012 had lower sales at #10, but both came in at about 17,000 after rounding up.
Album sales this week totaled 4.3 million copies sold, down 21% from last week (5.4 million) and down 17% compared to last year (5.1 million). Year-to-date album sales stand at 9.7 million, down 15% compared with the same total at this point last year (11.4 million).