Now 50 Finally Knocks Frozen Down From Top Of Billboard 200
Posted by Joseph Lee on 05.14.2014
An impressive run ends...
The soundtrack for Disney's Frozen has finally been defeated after thirteen nonconsecutive weeks at #1 on the Billboard 200. Now 50 debuts on top with 153,000 copies. Frozen's recent run of seven weeks at sales of over 100,000 also ended as it only sold 99,000 copies.
It is, obviously, the 50th installment of the Now That's What I Call Music series that debuted in 1998. This is the eighteenth #1 for the series and the best sales week in almost five years. The last album to get more was Now 31 (#1, 169,000) on July 5, 2009. Along with the numbered series, which focuses on pop songs, there have also been Christmas and Country-themed compilations. All of the albums in the numbered series have hit the top ten. Other top ten albums with the brand include Now That's What I Call Christmas! (#3), Now #1's (#6), Now That's What I Call Christmas 3 (#10), Now That's What I Call Country (#7) and Now That's What I Call Country Vol. 2 (#10).
The most notable debuts this week (with six debuts in the top ten) come from Sarah McLachlan and Tech N9ne. McLachlan's album Shine On is her sixth top ten release as it debuts at #4 with 42,000 sold. All five of her albums since 1997's Surfacing have hit the top ten, and her 2006 Christmas album Wintersong reached #7. She debuted on the April 29, 1989 chart with her album Touch. Shine On is also her first album with Verve Records after spending her career with Arista Records and Nettwerk Records.
N9ne (billed as Tech N9ne Collabos) debuts at #5 with Strangeulation, which sold 36,000 copies. This is his third top ten and follows 2013's Something Else, which debuted and peaked at #4. The album is also #1 (his sixth) on the independent albums chart.
1. Now 50 (153,000)
2. Frozen soundtrack (99,000)
3. Hunter Hayes - Storyline (69,000)
4. Sarah McLachlan - Shine On (42,000)
5 Tech N9ne - Strangeulation (36,000)
6. Pharrell Williams - G.I.R.L. (24,000)
7. Luke Bryan - Crash My Party (almost 24,000)
8. Atmosphere - Southsiders (23,000)
9. Santana - Corazon (22,000)
10. Lorde - Pure Heroine (19,000)
Album sales this week totaled 4.1 million copies, up 5% compared to last week (4.4 million) and down 17% compared to last year (5.6 million). Year-to-date album sales stand at 89.5 million, down 16 percent compared with the same total at this point last year (106.3 million).