'Frozen' Soundtrack Spends 10th Week at No. 1 on Billboard 200
The unstoppable soundtrack to Disney's Frozen continues its run atop the Billboard 200 as it clocks a 10th nonconsecutive week at No. 1. The set sold 133,000 copies in the week ending April 13, according to Nielsen SoundScan. That's down 11 percent compared with the previous frame, when it sold 149,000 at No. 1.
The album’s cumulative sales also climb past the 2 million mark, as its additional 133,000 copies bring its to-date sum to 2.1 million.
Frozen is now one of just 11 albums to have spent at least 10 weeks at No. 1 since the chart started using SoundScan's point-of-sale data on May 25, 1991. Four of those 11 albums also happen to be soundtracks: Frozen, Whitney Houston's The Bodyguard (20 weeks at No. 1), Titanic (16 weeks) and The Lion King (10 weeks).
In addition, Frozen now ties The Lion King for the most weeks at No. 1 for an animated film soundtrack.
As previously reported, Frozen has spent more weeks at No. 1 than any album since Adele's 21 racked up 24 nonconsecutive weeks in the penthouse in 2011 and 2012. It spent its 24th and final week at No. 1 on the chart dated June 23, 2012.
At No. 2 on the latest Billboard 200 is Pharrell's G I R L, which rebounds back to its peak, rising seven slots with 29,000 (up 18 percent). During the tracking week, Pharrell performed on ABC's Good Morning America (April 7) and was profiled on CBS' Sunday Morning (April 13). G I R L also benefits from Pharrell's performance on NBC's Saturday Night Live on April 5.
G I R L debuted at No. 2 on the chart dated March 22 and has yet to leave the top 10 after six weeks. However, the album also logs the smallest weekly sum for the No. 2-selling album on the Billboard 200 in the SoundScan era. The previous low was 34,000, when Foo Fighters' Wasting Light was in the runner-up slot on the chart dated May 14, 2011.
Because of the No. 2 album's low sales, the divide between it and the No. 1 title is especially great: Frozen sold 353 percent more than G I R L. The last time the percentage was greater — and the No. 1 album wasn't a new entry — was way back on the Sept. 8, 2007 chart. That week, the High School Musical 2 soundtrack was in its second week at No. 1, and it sold 507 percent more than the No. 2 set, Talib Kweli's arriving Eardrum (367,000 vs. 60,000).
Back on this week's Billboard 200, 5 Seconds of Summer's She Looks So Perfect EP slips 2-3 with 26,000 in its second week (down 82 percent).
MercyMe earns the chart's highest debut, as the group's Welcome to the New arrives at No. 4 with 26,000. It's the third top 10 effort for the act — and third in a row — following The Hurt & the Healer (No. 7 in 2012) and The Generous Mr. Lovewell (No. 3 in 2010).
On the Christian Albums chart, the new album gives MercyMe its eighth No. 1.
Rock band Black Label Society picks up its second top 10 album on the Billboard 200 with the No. 5 bow of Catacombs of the Black Vatican (nearly 26,000). The act's last studio release, 2010's Order of the Black, debuted and peaked at No. 4, selling 33,000 in its first week.
Catacombs of the Black Vatican also enters at No. 1 on Top Rock Albums and Hard Rock Albums.
R&B singer SoMo’s self-titled second album starts at No. 6 on the Billboard 200, selling 23,000 in its first week. It's easily the best week ever for the artist, as his 2012 debut effort, My Life, missed the chart entirely. (However, it did reach No. 24 on our new-artist chart: Heatseekers Albums.)
Singer Martina McBride is the fourth and final debut in the top 10 this week, as her new covers album Everlasting enters at No. 7 with 21,000. It also starts at No. 1 on the Top Country Albums chart, her fifth No. 1 on that tally.
Everlasting is McBride's highest-charting album on the Billboard 200 since 2007's Waking Up Laughing debuted and peaked at No. 4.
As for the rest of the top 10 this week, Luke Bryan's Crash My Party jumps 15-8 (19,000; up 14 percent) in the wake of his exposure on the Academy of Country Music Awards on April 6. Bryan co-hosted the show with Blake Shelton and performed his latest single, "Play It Again."
Although Shakira also performed on the ACMs (with Shelton), her self-titled album falls 5-9 (17,000; down 41 percent) in its third week.
Another ACMs performer, Florida Georgia Line,returns to the top 10, climbing 19-10 with Here's to the Good Times (just over 17,000; up 14 percent). It's the highest rank for the album since the chart dated Aug. 31, 2013, when it was at No. 8. Florida Georgia Line performed twice on the ACMs, singing "Stay" and "That's How We Roll" (the latter with Bryan).
Over on the Digital Songs chart, the top fourtitles are all non-movers, as Pharrell's "Happy" leads for a ninth straight week (257,000; down 9 percent). John Legend's "All of Me" is No. 2 (197,000; down 14 percent); Jason Derulo's "Talk Dirty," featuring 2 Chainz, is No. 3 (162,000; up 4 percent); and Idina Menzel's "Let It Go" is No. 4 (152,000; down 2 percent).
The chart's highest debut comes in at No. 5: Ed Sheeran's "Sing" with 123,000. It's his second-biggest sales week yet, following the post-Christmas haul of "The A Team" (181,000) in the week ending Dec. 30, 2012.
Katy Perry's "Dark Horse," featuring Juicy J, falls 5-6 with 111,000 (down 9 percent), and Bryan's "Play It Again" rises 8-7 with 108,000 (up 24 percent). DJ Snake & Lil Jon's "Turn Down for What" is pushed down one slot to No. 8 with 95,000 (down 1 percent), and Aloe Blacc's "The Man" dips 6-9 with 89,000 (down 17 percent).
Florida Georgia Line's "This Is How We Roll" (featuring Bryan) ascends 11-10 with 86,000 (up 10 percent).
With Bryan at Nos. 7 and 10, he becomes the first male country artist to have two concurrent titles in the top 10 since the chart launched Oct. 30, 2004. The only country act to manage the feat previously was Taylor Swift (she has done it 10 times).
Overall album sales in this past chart week (ending April 13) totaled 4.3 million units, down 11 percent compared with the sum last week (4.9 million) and down 21 percent compared with the comparable sales week of 2013 (5.4 million). Year-to-date album sales stand at 70.9 million, down 17 percent compared with the same total at this point last year (85.1 million).
Digital track sales this past week totaled 21.7 million downloads, up 1 percent compared with last week (21.4 million) and down 15 percent stacked next to the comparable week of 2013 (25.5 million). Year-to-date track sales are at 355.1 million, down 13 percent compared with the same total at this point last year (410.3 million).
Next week's Billboard 200 competes with the same week in 2013 when: Fall Out Boy debuted at No. 1 with "Save Rock & Roll," selling 154,000 copies in its first week. It beat out Kid Cudi's "Indicud," which started at No. 2 with 136,000.
This story first appeared on Billboard.com.