You'd think the "Frozen" soundtrack would be slowing down by now, but it just keeps, well, snowballing. The album sold 259K copies this week, which constitutes its biggest sales week to date. This is the biggest one-week tally for a soundtrack since "Michael Jackson's This Is It" sold 373K copies in its first week in November 2009.
"Frozen" logs its 11th week at #1 on The Billboard 200, which is a record only two albums have equaled in this century. Adele's "21" is out front since January 2000 with 24 weeks on top. Taylor Swift's "Fearless" had 11 weeks on top in 2008-2009.
Three factors spurred this week's increase. "Frozen" is now stocked in Starbucks locations. The album made a nifty Easter gift. And Idina Menzel's "Let It Go" has become a pop smash. The song is due to spend its fifth week in the top five on the Hot 100 this week.
"Frozen" has sold 2,335,000 copies, which makes it the best-selling soundtrack since "Twilight." That album has sold 2,807,000 copies since its release in October 2008.
This is the 17th week in the top five for "Frozen". That's the longest run in the top five for a soundtrack from a theatrically-released movie since "Titanic" logged 18 weeks in the top five from January to May 1998.
"Frozen" sold 58K digital copies this week, which puts it at #1 on Top Digital Albums for the eighth week. It's only the second album to top this chart for eight or more weeks. It follows "21," which was the nation's best-selling digital album for 16 weeks. (Coldplay's "X&Y" and Eminem's "Recovery" are next in line. Each had seven weeks at #1.)
"Frozen" is #1 on Top Soundtracks for the 21st week. The movie was in the top 30 at the box-office for the 22nd weekend.
A spin-off, "Frozen Karaoke," debuts at #17. The album sold 15K copies, the highest tally for a karaoke album since a karaoke edition of the "High School Musical 2" soundtrack sold 16K in one week in December 2007.
August Alsina's first studio album, "Testimony," debuts at #2. The album includes "I Luv This Shit" (featuring Trinidad James), which reached #48 on the Hot 100 in 2013 and #13 on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs, and "Ghetto" (featuring Rich Homie Quan or Yo Gotti), which bubbled under the Hot 100 and cracked the top 40 on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs. Alsina, 21, was born in New Orleans.
NEEDTOBREATHE's fifth studio album, "Rivers In The Wasteland," debuts at #3. It's the group's highest-charting album to date, eclipsing "The Reckoning" (#6 in 2011).
Jason Derulo's "Talk Dirty" debuts at #4. It's his first top 10 album. Even so, the album's sales tally (44K) is underwhelming, considering that the title track (featuring 2 Chainz) is one of the year's biggest hits. The song has ranked in the top five on the Hot 100 for 12 consecutive weeks. It tops the 3 million mark in digital sales this week. Like such peers as Flo Rida and Pitbull, Derulo is a singles artist. "Talk Dirty" is his fourth song to sell 3 million or more copies, but his albums don't sell in big numbers. His 2010 debut, "Jason Derulo," has sold 331K copies. His 2011 sophomore album, "Future History," has sold 80K copies.
Ingrid Michaelson's sixth studio album, "Lights Out," debuts at #5. It's her second top five album in a row. "Human Again" reached #5 in 2012.
Luke Bryan's "Crash My Party" rebounds from #8 to #6. The album returns to #1 on Top Country Albums, displacing Martina McBride's "Everlasting." This is the ninth week on top for "Crash My Party." That's the longest run at #1 for an album by a male solo artist since Jason Aldean's "My Kinda Party" topped the chart for 12 weeks in 2011. (So if you're a guy and you want to have a big country album, you know what word to put in the title.)
Lorde's "Pure Heroine" rebounds from #12 to #8 in its 29th week. It becomes the fourth album to top the 500K mark in 2014 sales. It follows "Frozen," Beyonce's "Beyonce" and Eric Church's "The Outsiders." "Pure Heroine" has sold 512K copies in 2014, on top of the 687K copies it sold in the last 13 weeks of 2013.
Pharrell Williams's "Happy" is #1 on Hot Digital Songs for the 10th consecutive week, with sales of 274K. It's the first song to log 10 consecutive weeks at #1 on this chart since "Thrift Shop" by Macklemore & Ryan Lewis featuring Wanz early last year. Will "Happy" log its ninth week at #1 on the Hot 100? You'll find out later today when we post my first of two Chart Watch Songs blogs.
Here's a recap of this week's top 10 albums.
The Top Five: The "Frozen" soundtrack holds at #1 for the 11th week in in its 21st week (259K). This is its 19th week in the top 10 … August Alsina's "Testimony" debuts at #2 (67K). This is his first top 10 album … NEEDTOBREATHE's "Rivers In The Wasteland" debuts at #3 (49K). This is the group's second top 10 album … Jason Derulo's "Talk Dirty" debuts at #4 (44K). This is his first top 10 album … Ingrid Michaelson's "Lights Out" debuts at #5 (37K). This is her second top 10 album.
The Second Five: Luke Bryan's "Crash My Party" rebounds from #8 to #6 in its 36th week (33K). This is its 15th week in the top 10. … Pharrell Williams's "G I R L" drops from #2 to #7 in its seventh week (33K). It has been in the top 10 the entire time … Lorde's "Pure Heroine" rebounds from #12 to #8 in its 29th week (26K). This is its 21st week in the top 10 … 5 Seconds Of Summer's "She Looks So Perfect" drops from #3 to #9 in its third week (26K). It has been in the top 10 the entire time … "Now 49" rebounds from #13 to #10 in its 11th week (22K). This is its sixth week in the top 10.
Six albums drop out of the top 10 this week. MercyMe's "Welcome To The New" drops from #4 to #21. Black Label Society's "Catacombs Of The Black Vatican" dives from #5 to #46. SoMo's "SoMo" plummets from #6 to #67. Martina McBride's "Everlasting" dives from #7 to #47 (that's a surprise). Shakira's "Shakira" drops from #9 to #11. Florida Georgia Line's "Here's To The Real World" drops from #10 to #14.
Nas's 1994 debut album, "Illmatic," re-enters the chart at #18, thanks to the release of a 20th anniversary edition dubbed "Illmatic XX." "Illmatic" debuted and peaked at #12 in April 1994. It has sold 1,686,000 copies. The album vaults from #112 to #1 on Top Catalog Albums. A 10th anniversary edition, "Illmatic 10th Anniversary," topped the catalog chart 10 years ago. Will a 30th anniversary edition reach #1 10 years from now? Place your bets.
Sevendust's 10th studio album, "Time Travelers & Bonfires," debuts at #19. It's their eighth album to crack the top 20…Breathe Carolina's fourth studio album, "Savages," debuts at #22. It's the group's first album to crack the top 40 ... Jessie James Decker's "Comin' Home" EP debuts at #28. Decker was known as Jessie James in 2009 when her eponymous debut album reached #23. Last June she married football star Eric Decker, who is now a starting wide receiver for the New York Jets.
Maroon 5's 2002 debut album, "Songs About Jane," tops the 5 million mark. Matt Wallace produced the album (with an assist from Mark Endert on "This Love"). The album spawned four top 40 hits on the Hot 100.
"Captain America: The Winter Soldier" was #1 at the box-office for the third straight weekend. The soundtrack, featuring a score by Henry Jackman, sold 1K copies, too few to make The Billboard 200.
Metallica's "Through The Never" is #1 on Top Music Videos for the eighth week. That's the longest run on top for a video by a rock band since Rush's "Beyond The Lighted Stage" had 10 weeks on top in 2010-2011. The DVD has sold 72K copies in 13 weeks.
Coming Attractions: Look for Iggy Azalea's "The New Classic" to debut at #2 next week (behind "Frozen"), with sales in the 50K range. Future's "Honest" is expected to debut at #3 (45K) Also due: Neon Trees's "Pop Psychology" (17K) and Francesca Battistelli's "If We're Honest."