'Frozen' Soundtrack Aiming for No. 1 on Billboard 200 Chart
This article first appeared on Billboard.com.
Disney's Frozen soundtrack is aiming for No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart.
Industry sources suggest the animated feature's companion album could sell over 140,000 copies by the end of the tracking week on Sunday, Jan. 5. That could be enough to bump the current No. 1 champ, Beyonce's self-titled album, down to No. 2.
In the most recent week (ending Dec. 29), the album jumped from No. 8 to No. 4 on the Billboard 200, selling 106,000 (up 31 percent) according to Nielsen SoundScan. The soundtrack posted the largest percentage gain among all of the titles in the top 15 on the chart this week.
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Frozen debuted at No. 18 on the chart dated Dec. 14. It then jumped to No. 11 the following week and quickly ascended the tally in subsequent frames, rising to No. 10, then No. 8 and then No. 4.
Beyonce's strong-selling self-titled album is also a contender for No. 1 next week -- a familiar spot for the set. It's been No. 1 for the past three straight weeks, since it debuted atop the list. It's on course to sell perhaps 130,000 to 140,000.
If Frozen rises to No. 1, it will be the first animated film soundtrack to do so since Curious George reached the top in 2006. The last animated movie from Disney to hit No. 1 was Pocahontas in 1995, while the last soundtrack (among all genres of films) to hit No. 1 was Les Miserables a year ago.
Frozen has been a big hit in movie theaters, where the music-heavy film has earned $277 million at the U.S. and Canada box office, according to Box Office Mojo. It has been the top grossing movie every day this week (Monday through Thursday), and was the second-biggest movie at the box office last weekend.
Frozen is currently ranked as the fifth highest-grossing film released in 2013, behind Iron Man 3, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, Despicable Me 2 and Man of Steel.
The Frozen soundtrack's songs are also selling well, spurring their chart fortunes on the Billboard Hot 100. (In total, the album's songs have sold 1.2 million downloads.)
This week, four tunes from the movie are on the Billboard Hot 100 chart: Idina Menzel's "Let It Go" (No. 32), Demi Lovato's version of "Let It Go" (No. 43), Kristen Bell, Agatha Lee Monn and Katie Lopez's "Do You Want To Build a Snowman?" (No. 65, debuting this week) and Bell and Menzel's "For the First Time in Forever" (No. 74, a debut as well).