Frozen Soundtrack Has Most Weeks At #1 Since Adele's 21 Posted by Joseph Lee on 04.02.2014
Eight weeks and counting...
Billboard reports that the soundtrack for Disney's Frozen is at #1 for its eighth nonconsecutive week, the most weeks on top since Adele's 21 spent 24 weeks at #1 in 2012. It sold 161,000 copies. It's only the 20th album since 1991 to get at least eight weeks. Others include Whitney Houston's The Bodyguard soundtrack (20 weeks) and Garth Brooks' Ropin' the Wind (18 weeks). Adele's 21 (10.9 million copies sold) was first at #1 on March 12, 2011. It's 24th week happened on June 23, 2012.
Frozen has sold 1.8 million copies with 1.5 million sold in 2014. It's the biggest-selling album of the year, followed by Beyonce's self-titled album (604,000 in 2014; 1.9 million total, released in 2013).
Shakira is at #2 with her self-titled album, which sold 84,000 copies. It passes up 2001's Laundry Service, which peaked at #3. This is the lowest sales debut of all of her English-language albums. It is below 2009's She Wolf, which debuted at #15 with 89,000.
At #3 is Johnny Cash with Out Among the Stars. The album features material recorded in the early 1980s. It debuted with 54,000 sold, his sixth top ten album. It is also #1 on the Top Country Albums, his first since 2006's American V: A Hundred Highways also debuted on top. It's the highest-charting posthumous release since Jimi Hendrix's People, Hell and Angels debuted at #2 on March 23, 2013 with 72,000 copies sold.
Memphis May Fire debuts at #4 with 27,000 with Unconditional. This tops their last release Challenger (#16, 18,000 in 2012). This also gives Rise Records its second top 10 of the year after Of Mice & Men's Restoring Force (debuted and peaked at #4).
Erica Campbell (one half of Mary Mary) debuted her solo album Help at #6 with 23,000. It is also #1 on the Gospel Albums chart. Mary Mary has previosuly landed on the top ten three times with their self-titled 2005 album (#8), The Sound (#7, 2007) and Something Big (#10, 2011).
Barry Manilow scored his fourteenth top ten album with Night Songs, which debuted at #8 with 22,000. 94% of the copies were sold online, although the album wasn't available as a download. Manilow's first seven top ten albums came out between 1975 and 1979. He finally reached the top ten again with 2002's Ultimate Manilow, which hit #3.
Finally, My Chemical Romance gets #9 with May Death Never Stop You, a greatest hits set released after the band broke up. It sold 20,000 copies. It features 19 songs including four previously unreleased tracks, like "Fake Your Death" (peaked at #47 on Hot Rock Songs in March).
1. Frozen soundtrack (161,000)
2. Shakira - Shakira (84,000)
3. Johnny Cash - Out Among The Stars (54,000)
4. Memphis May Fire - Unconditional (27,000)
5. Pharrell Williams - G.I.R.L. (25,000)
6. Erica Campbell - Help (23,000)
7. YG - My Krazy Life (23,000)
8. Barry Manilow - Night Songs (22,000)
9. My Chemical Romance - May Death Never Stop You (20,000)
10. Lorde - Pure Heroine (20,000)
Album sales this week totaled 4.67 million copies, down 1% compared to last week (4.71 million) and down 28% compared to last year (6.5 million). Year-to-date album sales stand at 61.7 million, down 17 percent compared with the same total at this point last year (74 million).