'Frozen' Hits Ninth Week at No. 1 on Billboard Chart
Disney's soundtrack to Frozen refuses to budge from the No. 1 slot on the Billboard 200. The set spends a ninth nonconsecutive week atop the list, having sold 149,000 copies in the week ending April 6 (down 8 percent), according to Nielsen SoundScan.
The album is one week away from tying Disney's The Lion King for the longest run at No. 1 by an animated film soundtrack. The Lion King roared for 10 nonconsecutive weeks at No. 1 in 1994 and 1995.
Frozen has now sold 1.9 million copies. It has been among the top three best-selling albums every week for the past 14 consecutive weeks.
A little behind Frozen on the latest Billboard 200 is Australian pop/rock band 5 Seconds of Summer, debuting at No. 2 with its EP She Looks So Perfect. The set, released by Capitol Records, sold 143,000 copies, with downloads comprising 75% of its first-week sales.
The EP's debut is a bit softer than had been forecast almost two weeks ago, when some industry sources suggested it would sell between 150,000 to 200,000. That estimate was based partly on strong pre-orders for the title in the iTunes Store, which had been building its pre-order tally since late February. By last Friday, its first-week forecast was scaled back to around 130,000 to 140,000.
Five Seconds of Summer gained notoriety last year after opening for One Direction on the bulk of its arena tour. It will join the group again this year as 1D’s opening act for the Europe, U.S. and Canada legs of its stadium tour, starting May 23. (Both acts are managed by Modest Management.)
At No. 3 on the new Billboard 200 is rock band Chevelle with La Gargola, debuting with 45,000. It's the highest-charting effort for the act (though not its best sales week), surpassing the No. 6 debut and peak of 2009's Sci-Fi Crimes.
Singer-songwriter Christina Perri notches the third debut in the top four, as her second full-length album, Head or Heart, enters at No. 4 with 40,000. It matches her chart high with Lovestrong., set in 2011, though it falls short of that set's opening sales frame of 58,000.
Shakira's self-titled album falls three spots to No. 5 in its second week, selling 29,000 (down 66 percent).
Country duo Dan + Shay start at No. 6 with Where It All Began, selling nearly 29,000. The set — the act's first album — is led by its hit single "19 You + Me," which rises 12-11 on the latest Country Airplay chart, dated April 19.
Bluegrass trio Nickel Creek returns to the chart, bowing at No. 7 with A Dotted Line with 27,000 — its first album in nearly nine years and its first top 10 effort. It last charted with 2005's Why Should the Fire Die?, which debuted and peaked at No. 17.
Johnny Cash's Out Among the Stars slips 3-8 with 26,000 (down 52 percent), Pharrell's G I R L dips 5-9 with 25,000 (down 2 percent), and the Now 49 compilation rises 13-10 with 20,000 (up 24 percent).
Over on the Digital Songs chart, things are fairly static in the top 10, save for a new arrival from Luke Bryan.
Pharrell's "Happy" stays put at No. 1 (284,000; down 12 percent), while John Legend's "All of Me" is also a non-mover at No. 2 (228,000; up 1 percent). Jason Derulo's "Talk Dirty," featuring 2 Chainz, climbs 4-3 (156,000; down 3 percent), Idina Menzel's "Let It Go" descends 3-4 (154,000; down 6 percent), and Katy Perry's "Dark Horse," featuring Juicy J, is steady at No. 5 (154,000; down 12 percent).
Aloe Blacc's "The Man" and DJ Snake & Lil Jon's "Turn Down for What" are both stationary at Nos. 6 and 7, respectively. They sold 106,000 (down 14 percent) and 96,000 (down less than 1 percent).
Luke Bryan's "Play It Again" reaches the top 10 for the first time, jumping 15-8 in its fourth week on the chart. It sold 88,000 downloads (up 40%). The singer performed the track on the Academy of Country Music Awards on Sunday, April 6 — the final day of the SoundScan tracking week. Bastille's "Pompeii" slides 8-9 with 85,000 (down 9 percent), and the Chainsmokers' "#SELFIE" dips 9-10 with 79,000 (down 14 percent).
Overall album sales in this past chart week (ending April 6) totaled 4.9 million units, up 4 percent compared with the sum last week (4.7 million) and down 14 percent compared with the comparable sales week of 2013 (5.7 million). Year-to-date album sales stand at 66.6 million, down 16 percent compared with the same total at this point last year (79.7 million).
Digital track sales this past week totaled 21.4 million downloads, down less than 1 percent compared withlast week (21.5 million) and down 24 percent stacked next to the comparable week of 2013 (28.3 million). Year-to-date track sales are at 333.4 million,down 13 percent compared with the same total at this point last year (384.8million).
Next week's Billboard 200 competes with the same week in 2013 when: Paramore notched its first No. 1 album with its self-titled set, debuting atop the list with 106,000. It beat out Brad Paisley's "Wheelhouse" to the top slot, as Paisley's effort started at No. 2 with 100,000.
This story first appeared on Billboard.com.