Lindsey Stirling's second studio album, "Shatter Me," enters The Billboard 200 at #2, just behind the "Frozen" soundtrack. Stirling's album debuts at #1 on both Classical Crossover Albums and Electronic Albums, which demonstrates her remarkable reach.
Other "classical crossover" stars have climbed high on The Billboard 200 in recent years. Josh Groban and Susan Boyle have each landed a pair of #1 albums. Andrea Bocelli and Jackie Evancho have each climbed as high as #2 twice.
"Shatter Me" sold 35K digital copies, which allows it to enter Top Digital Albums at #1.
Stirling's eponymous debut album, which peaked at #23 in October, rebounds from #77 to #42 in its 75th chart week. It moves up to #1 on Top Catalog Albums, displacing Johnny Cash's "The Legend Of Johnny Cash." "Lindsey Stirling" is nominated for Top Electronic/Dance Album at the upcoming Billboard Music Awards. The album reached #1 on both Classical Crossover Albums and Dance/Electronic Albums.
Stirling, 27, has been dubbed the "hip-hop violinist" for her efforts to incorporate that instrument into popular music. The new album features two guests. Lzzy Hale, lead singer of the hard rock band Halestorm, is featured on the title track. Dia Frampton, runner-up on Season 1 of "The Voice," is featured on "We Are Giants."
"Frozen" heads The Billboard 200 for the 13th week. In the past 20 years, just two other albums have logged 13 or more weeks at #1: Adele's "21" (24 weeks in 2011-2012) and the "Titanic" soundtrack (16 weeks in 1998).
This is the 19th 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 "The Lion King" (another Disney property) had 23 non-consecutive weeks in the top five in 1994-1995.
"Frozen" tops the 2.5 million mark in U.S. sales this week. It's the first album to reach that sales level since Mumford & Sons's Grammy-winning "Babel," which has sold 2,629,000 copies since its release in September 2012. (In other words, "Frozen" has outsold the most recent albums by Beyonce, Eminem and Bruno Mars, to name just a few.)
"Frozen" is #1 on Top Soundtracks for the 23rd week. It slipped out of the top 30 at the box-office for the first time this past weekend. (It ranked #32.)
The "Frozen" soundtrack is #1 in Japan under the title "Anna And The Snow Queen." It's the first album to reach #1 in both the U.S. and Japan since Lady Gaga's "Born This Way" in 2011. It's the first soundtrack to reach #1 in both countries since "Michael Jackson's This Is It" in 2009.
Ray LaMontagne's fifth studio album, "Supernova," debuts at #3. Dan Auerbach of The Black Keys produced the album, which is LaMontagne's third consecutive album to hit #3. It follows "Gossip In The Grain" and "God Willin' And The Creek Don't Rise." "Gossip In The Grain" spawned LaMontagne's only Hot 100 single to date ("You Are The Best Thing," #90). "God Willin'" won a Grammy for Best Contemporary Folk Album of 2010.
"Passion: Take It All (Live)" debuts at #4. The album features such Contemporary Christian stars as Chris Tomlin, Crowder and Matt Redman. This is the third "Passion" album to crack the top five. "Passion: White Flag" reached #5 in March 2012. "Passion: Let The Future Begin" hit #4 in March 2013.
Luke Bryan's "Crash My Party" drops from #7 to #9. The album is #1 on Top Country Albums for the 11th week. 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.
Whitechapel's fifth studio album, "Our Endless War," debuts at #10. It's the first top 40 album for the "deathcore" band from Tennessee. The album sold 16K copies, not great by any means, but an improvement over last week's #10 album, Bethel Music's "You Make Me Brave (Live)," which sold a little less than 14K copies. That set a new low for the Nielsen SoundScan era.
"Problem" by Ariana Grande featuring Iggy Azalea enters Top Digital Songs at #1, with first-week sales of 438K. That's the biggest first-week tally since Katy Perry's "Roar" started with sales of 557K in August 2013. The song displaces Pharrell Williams's "Happy," which held the top spot for 11 weeks. Will "Problem" also dethrone "Happy" 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 13th week in in its 23rd week (106K). This is its 21st week in the top 10 … Lindsey Stirling's "Shatter Me" debuts at #2 (56K). It's her first top 10 album … Ray LaMontagne's "Supernova" debuts at #3 (40K). It's his third top 10 album … "Passion: Take It All (Live)" debuts at #4 (30K). It's the third "Passion" album to make the top 10 … Iggy Azalea's "The New Classic" drops from #3 to #5 in its second week (23K).
The Second Five: Pharrell Williams's "G I R L" drops from #4 to #6 in its ninth week (22K). It has been in the top 10 the entire time … Future's "Honest" drops from #2 to #7 in its second week (20K) … Timeflies's "After Hours" debuts at #8 (20K). It's the duo's first top 10 album Luke Bryan's "Crash My Party" drops from #7 to #9 in its 38th week (17K). This is its 17th week in the top 10 … Whitechapel's "Our Endless War" debuts at #10 (16K).
Five albums drop out of the top 10 this week. August Alsina's "Testimony" drops from #5 to #18. Neon Trees's "Pop Psychology" dives from #6 to #57. "Nashville On The Record (Live)" dives from #8 to #65. Lorde's "Pure Heroine" drops from #9 to #13. Bethel Music's "You Make Me Brave (Live)" dives from #10 to #63.
Stand-up comedian Jim Gaffigan's 10th album, "Obsessed," debuts at #11. It's his highest-charting album to date. It's the highest-charting comedy album by any performer since The Lonely Island's "The Wack Album" reached #10 in June 2013 … Grateful Dead's "Dave's Picks, Vol. 10" debuts at #17. The album was recorded at a concert in Los Angeles in December 1969 … Miss May I's fourth album, "Rise Of The Lion," debuts at #21 … Rodrigo y Gabriela's fifth studio album, "9 Dead Alive," debuts at #22.
Pixies's "Indie Cindy" debuts at #23. It's the alternative band's fifth studio album—and its first in 24 years. (Hey, art can't be rushed.) It's also the group's highest-charting album to date, topping 1990's "Bossanova," which peaked at #70.
Ariana Grande's "Yours Truly" rebounds from #190 to #71 in its 31st chart week as anticipation builds for her sophomore album. The album debuted at #1 in September … "The Amazing Spider-Man 2" soundtrack jumps from #152 to #112 in its second week. The movie was #1 at the box-office over the weekend.
The Statler Brothers's "Farewell Concert" vaults from #34 to #1 on Top Music Videos, displacing Metallica's "Through The Never." The Statlers recorded the DVD in October 2002 at Salem Civic Enter in Salem, Va. The Statlers won the CMA Award for Vocal Group of the Year nine times, which is more than anyone else.
Coming Attractions: Look for "Now 50" to debut at #1 next week, with first-week sales in the 125K range. Hunter Hayes' "Storyline" will probably debut at #3 (70K), followed by Sarah McLachlan's "Shine On" (#4, 35K) and Tech N9ne Collabos's "Strangeulation" (#5, 25K). Lily Allen's "Sheezus" and Atmosphere's "Southsiders" will probably either just make or just miss the top 10, with sales of about 18K each.