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Frozen Soundtrack Returns To #1 On Billboard 200
Posted by Joseph Lee on 01.29.2014

The soundtrack to Disney's Frozen is once again #1 on the Billboard 200 with 93,000 copies sold. This is up 7% compared to last week (87,000) and is the third nonconsecutive week at #1. It was down to #2 last week. Last week's #1 album, High Hopes from Bruce Springsteen, fell all the way down to #8.

Frozen is the first soundtrack with at least three weeks at #1 since 2007, when the TV soundtrack to High School Musical 2 had four weeks. The last film soundtrack to stay on top was the one for Bad Boys II, which was at #1 for four weeks in August 2003.

The soundtrack to Frozen has now sold 769,000 copies total. It's also doing very well in North American box office even though it was released in November. It came in at #4 last weekend with $9.1 million. So far it has earned $348.6 million domestically, the fourth-highest grossing film of 2013.

There were three debuts in the top ten this week. The highest belongs to the 2014 Grammy Nominees compilation album at #2 with 59,000. The album features songs and artists that were nominated for awards at this year's Grammys, which aired on CBS this past Sunday. The album is usually released weeks before the broadcast but was available in the same week as the show this year. This helped it gain more buys than originally predicted (around 40,000). This is the best sales week debut for the series since 2007, which debuted at #4 with 77,000. It's matches the series-high rank of #2, which happened with last year's edition. That album climbed to #2 the first full week after the awards.

Several albums will have a huge increase next week due to Grammy Award fallout. There is some notable increases due to the ceremony this week, but the Grammy Awards aired on Sunday, the end of the tracking week, so the full effect will be shown on next week's chart.

The second debut of the week belongs to A Great Big World with Is There Anybody Out There?. That album debuted at #4 with 48,000. It's helped by the single "Say Something" with Christina Aguilera, which is #4 on the Billboard Hot 100.

Finally, Young the Giant debuted at #7 with Mind Over Matter, which sold 34,000 copies. This beats their self-titled debut album, which peaked at #42 in 2011 with 10,000 sold in its best week. Their current single, "It's About Time", peaked at #6 on the Alternative airplay chart.

1. Frozen soundtrack (93,000)
2. 2014 Grammy Nominees (59,000)
3. Beyonce - Beyonce (48,000)
4. A Great Big World - Is There Anybody Out There? (48,000)
5. Lorde - Pure Heroine (37,000)
6. Kidz Bop 25 (25,000)
7. Young the Giant - Mind Over Matter (34,000)
8. Bruce Springsteen - High Hopes (26,000)
9. Katy Perry - Prism
10. Eminem - The Marshall Mathers LP 2 (24,000)

Album sales this week totaled 4.3 million copies, down 4% from last week (4.4 million) and down 13% compared to last year (4.9 million). Year-to-date album sales stand at 18.4 million, down 14% compared with the same total at this point last year (21.3 million).


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