Frozen Soundtrack Gets Seventh Week At #1 On Billboard 200
Posted by Joseph Lee on 03.26.2014
Thanks to the release of Disney's Frozen on DVD and blu-ray last Tuesday (which sold 3.2 million copies in its first day), the soundtrack has reached a seventh nonconsecutive week at #1 on the Billboard 200. It's the best week yet for the album, which sold 202,000 copies in the last week, up 104%. It's previous best week was 165,000 for the week of January 5. It was #1 last week with 99,000 copies sold.
Albums that have been out as long as Frozen rare get their best sales week late in their run. The Frozen soundtrack was released on November 26, 2013, making this the album's seventeenth week on the chart. Albums usually start out big and sell less as time passes. The last album that was as old as Frozen to sell over 200,000 in a week was Adele's 21 over two years ago. After the 2012 Grammy Awards (Adele performed and won several awards), the album sold 730,000 copies. It debuted at #1 the year before selling 352,000 copies (on the week of February 27, 2011).
Frozen is also currently still in theaters, as it was the 13th highest-grossing film in North American box office during the March 21-23 weekend. It has earned $397 million and was the third-highest grossing film of 2013. The soundtrack has now sold 1.6 million copies. "Let It Go", the song by Idina Menzel, has hit the top ten of the Hot 100 and won the Academy Award for best original song.
Meanwhile, there are six debuts hitting the top ten this week. Coming in at #2 is YG's My Krazy Life with 61,000. This is the first album for YG, who previously appeared on the song charts in 2010 with "Toot It And Boot It" (which hit #67 on the Hot 100), followed by "My Hitta" in 2013 (#19 on the Hot 100, #5 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs) and "Who Do You Love" (#20 on the R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart and #78 on the Hot 100).
Foster the People arrive at #3 on the chart with Supermodel, which sold 54,000 copies. Their last album, Torches, debuted and peaked at #8 in 2011 and went on to sell a million copies. Their latest single, "Coming of Age", peaked at #4 on the Alternative Songs chart. It hasn't debuted on the Hot 100 yet, where "Pumped Up Kicks" hit #3.
Skrillex gets his best week ever with Recess at #4, selling 47,000. This is the first top ten album for him, better than his EP Bangarang, which hit #14 in January 2012. 87% of first week sales were from downloads. Only 6,000 copies were physical.
Taylor Momsen's band The Pretty Reckless earned its best week yet with its second album Going to Hell. The album hit #5 with 35,000 sold. The band's previous best week was #65 with 2011's Light Me Up with 9,000 in its first week. The new album includes the hit single "Heaven Knows", which spent a third week at #1 on the Mainstream Rock Songs chart.
The next debut belongs to Enrique Iglesias with Sex and Love. It lands at #8 with 24,000. His previous top tens include Euphoria (#10 in 2010) and Escape (#2 in 2001). The final debut in the top ten is Taking Back Sunday with Happiness Is at #10 with 22,000 copies sold. It's the bands fourth top ten album and first since 2009's New Again (#7).
1. Frozen soundtrack (202,000)
2. YG - My Krazy Life (61,000)
3. Foster the People - Supermodel (51,000)
4. Skrillex - Recess (47,000)
5. The Pretty Reckless - Going to Hell (35,000)
6. Pharrell Williams - G.I.R.L. (34,000)
7. Rick Ross - Mastermind (27,000)
8. Enrique Iglesias - Sex and Love (24,000)
9. Lorde - Pure Heroine (24,000)
10. Taking Back Sunday - Happiness Is (22,000)
Album sales last week totaled 4.7 million copies, up 3% compared to last week (4.6 million) and down 22% compared to last year (6.1 million). Year-to-date album sales stand at 57.1 million, down 15 percent compared with the same total at this pointlast year (67.5 million).