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Disney's Frozen Soundtrack Still #1 On Billboard 200
Posted by Joseph Lee on 02.05.2014



It has been a full week since the Grammy Awards and while that impact is fully felt this week, the soundtrack to Disney's Frozen is what takes #1 on the Billboard 200. It managed to stop the 2014 Grammy Nominees album, which is at #2. There weer some who predicted the Grammy album hitting #1, the first in that series' history. But the sales slowed down by the weekend as the number of days after the ceremony grew.

This is the fourth non-consecutive week for Frozen. The last theatrical film soundtrack to spend four weeks on top was Bad Boys II in August 2003. It was helped by the reissue of the film as a sing-a-long movie (with bouncing snowflake to help the audience sing along) in over 2,000 theaters, along with new TV ads. Frozen has sold 863,000 copies so far and has not sold less than 81,000 a week since mid-December.

There are only two new albums in the top ten this week. Of Mice & Men's Restoring Force debuts at #4 with 51,000, the band's best sales week yet (previous high was #28 in 2011 with The Flood). Casting Crowns takes #6 with Thrive, which sold 43,000 copies. It is their fifth top ten and is also #1 on the Christian Albums chart, their sixth.

The Grammy Awards affected the remaining six titles in the top ten. Lorde won two Grammy Awards (presented during the show), which sees her album Pure Heroien rise two spots with a sales increase of 86%. Beyonce opened the show with "Drunk in Love" but has the least amount of impact in the top ten as her sales were only up less than 1%.

Meanwhile, Bruno Mars returns to the top ten in a big way after the Grammys and the Super Bowl, with a bigger impact from the latter expected last week. Unorthodox Jukebox won best pop vocal album and is up 18-7 (up 180% in sales). The Super Bowl performance was the most watched halftime show ever with 115.3 million TV viewers. Mars' first album, Doo-Wops & Hooligans, also sees an increase as it jumps 82-19, selling 16,000 copies (a 303% gain).

Imagine Dragons appeared at both the Grammys and this past weekend's Saturday Night Live, so Night Visions climbs 11-8 with 39,000 (up 65%). This is the best sales week for the album (outside of Christmas shopping) since last March.

Katy Perry comes in at #9 with Prism, which has a 22% sales gain with a little over 30,000 copies sold. She performed her hit "Dark Horse" on the show and was up for several awards.

Daft Punk also performed on the show, singing "Get Lucky" with Pharrel and Nile Rodgers. As a result, Random Access Memories climbs 39-10 with 30,000, up 300%. This is the first top ten spot for the album since last July. "Get Lucky" won record of the year and Random Access Memories won album of the year.

1. Frozen soundtrack (94,000)
2. Grammy Nominees 2014 (87,000)
3. Lorde - Pure Heroine (68,000)
4. Of Mice & Men - Restoring Force (51,000)
5. Beyonce - Beyonce (48,000)
6. Casting Crowns - Thrive (43,000)
7. Bruno Mars - Unorthodox Jukebox (42,000)
8. Imagine Dragons - Night Visions (39,000)
9. Katy Perry - Prism (30,000)
10. Daft Punk - Random Access Memories (30,000)

Album sales this week totaled 4.6 million copies, up 8% compared to last week (4.3 million) and down 12% compared to last year (5.3 million). Year-to-date album sales stand at 23 million, down 13% compared with the same total at this point last year (26.5 million).





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