'Frozen' Soundtrack Returns To No. 1 On Billboard 200, Grammy Compilation Debuts At No. 2
The soundtrack to Disney's Frozen returns to No. 1 on the Billboard 200, selling 93,000 copies in the week ending Jan. 26, according to Nielsen SoundScan. That's up 7% compared with its sales in the previous week (87,000). This is the album’s third nonconsecutive week at No. 1. a week ago, it was No. 2.
Last week's chart-topper, Bruce Springsteen's High Hopes, falls to No. 8 in its second week, selling 26,000 (down 74%).
Frozen is the first soundtrack to spend at least three weeks at No. 1 since 2007, when the TV soundtrack to High School Musical 2 ruled for four frames. The last film soundtrack to spend three or more weeks at the top was Bad Boys II, which reigned for four weeks in August 2003.
Cumulative sales for Frozen now rise to 769,000.
The film continues to do big business at the U.S. and Canada box office, even though it was released last November. According to Box Office Mojo, for the Jan. 24-26 weekend, the film was the fourth-highest-grossing movie, earning $9.1 million. Through Jan. 27, the movie has earned $348.6 million, making it the fourth-highest-grossing film released in 2013.
The highest debut on the Billboard 200 this week is the 2014 Grammy Nominees compilation, which enters at No. 2. It starts with 59,000 (a larger-than-expected figure), according to Nielsen SoundScan.
The album showcases a variety of songs and artists, including Lorde, Kacey Mugraves, and Daft Punk, that were honored at this year's Grammy Awards, which were broadcast on CBS on Sunday, Jan. 26.
Traditionally, the Grammy Nominees album is released a number of weeks before the broadcast of the awards show itself, but this year, the album arrived during the same week as the show. That one-two punch of exposure (being both a new release and having the show help promote it) lifted the Grammy Nominees set higher than first forecast. A week ago, some industry sources suggested it would sell around 40,000 or so.
The new Grammy album starts with the best debut sales week for the yearly compilation series since the 2007 edition, which bowed at No. 4 with 77,000 sold. It also matches the series-high rank of No. 2. That plateau was first achieved a year ago, when the 2013 edition climbed to No. 2 in the first full week after the awards.
Beyonce's self-titled album rises 4-3 on the Billboard 200 with 48,000 (though it's down by 22%). The album could make a gain next week, after a full week of impact is felt from the Grammy Awards. (Beyonce opened the show, performing the album's single "Drunk in Love" with Jay Z.)
A Great Big World's first album, Is There Anybody Out There?, debuts at No. 4, selling nearly 48,000. The pop duo's album was led by the smash single "Say Something" (with Christina Aguilera), which reached No. 4 on the Billboard Hot 100.
Lorde's Pure Heroine rises 7-5 with 37,000 (up 19%) in the wake of her multiple Grammy wins and a performance of the album's "Royals" on the show. Meanwhile, Kidz Bop Kids' Kidz Bop 25 slides 3-6 in its second week, with 36,000 (down 53%).
Rock band Young the Giant scores its best week ever as its second album, Mind Over Matter, debuts at No. 7 with 34,000. Its self-titled debut peaked at No. 42 in 2011, selling 10,000 in its best week. The group's current single, "It's About Time," has peaked at No. 6 on the Alternative airplay chart.
Katy Perry's PRISM is steady at No. 9 on the Billboard 200 with 25,000 (up 11%), following her performance of the album's "Dark Horse" on the Grammy Awards. Eminem's The Marshall Mathers LP 2 descends two slots to No. 10 with 24,000 (down 16%).
Over on the Digital Songs chart, Perry's "Dark Horse," featuring Juicy J, retains the No. 1 slot. It sold 294,000 downloads for the week—up 12% over the previous frame.
Jason Derulo's fast-rising hit "Talk Dirty," featuring 2 Chainz, climbs 6-2 with 194,000 (up 31%). Pharrell's Oscar-nominated "Happy" (as widely seen in Beats commercials) flies 11-3 with 188,000 (up 57%).
Aloe Blacc's "The Man" (which is also in rotation as the soundtrack of Beats TV spots) is stationary at No. 4 with 175,000 (up 6%).
Pitbull's "Timber," featuring Ke$ha, slips 3-5 with 169,000 (down 16%).
Bastille's "Pompeii" rises 10-6 with 148,000 (up 15%), likely because of its performance on this past weekend's Saturday Night Live (Jan. 25).
A Great Big World & Christina Aguilera's "Say Something" falls 2-7 with 147,000 (down 30%—mostly owed to consumers opting to "complete" their album with the track on iTunes last week). Lorde's "Team" remains at No. 8 with 136,000 (up 2%), and OneRepublic's "Counting Stars" slips 5-9 with 132,000 (down 16%).
Idina Menzel's "Let It Go" (from "Frozen") returns to the top 10, climbing 12-10 with 124,000 (up 10%).
Overall album sales in this past chart week (ending Jan. 26) totaled 4.3 million units, down 4% compared with the sum last week (4.4 million) and down 13% compared with the comparable sales week of 2013 (4.9 million). Year-to-date album sales stand at 18.4 million, down 14% compared with the same total at this point last year (21.3 million).
Digital track sales this past week totaled 23.7 million downloads, down 2% compared with last week (24.1 million) and down 11% stacked next to the comparable week of 2013 (26.7 million). Year-to-date track sales are at 104 million, down 12% compared with the same total at this point last year (117.9 million).
Next week's Billboard 200 competes with the same week in 2013 when: Justin Bieber's Believe Acoustic debuted at No. 1 with 211,000 sold. The previous week's No. 1, Gary Allan's Set You Free, fell to No. 8 with 34,000.