Chart Watch: “Frozen” DVD Boosts Soundtrack

Paul Grein
·Writer

The "Frozen" soundtrack sold 202K copies this past week, more than double last week's tally of 99K. The surge is linked to the release of the movie's DVD and Blu-ray, which sold a combined 3.2 million copies in their first day of release last Tuesday (March 19). This spurt for the soundtrack surpasses the gains posted by "The Lion King" soundtrack following the release of the VHS and Laserdisc in March 1995 and the "Twilight" soundtrack following the release of the DVD in March 2009.

The "Frozen" soundtrack has sold 1,633,000 copies. Nearly half of those copies (781K) have been sold digitally, which makes "Frozen" the best-selling soundtrack in digital history. It this week pushes ahead of "Pitch Perfect," which has sold 760K digital copies. "Twilight" is in third place, with sales of 742K digital copies.

"Frozen" tops The Billboard 200 with ease: It sold more copies than all the other albums in the top five combined. This is its seventh week at #1. "Frozen" sold 56K digital copies this week, which puts it at #1 on Top Digital Albums for the fifth week. That's the longest run at #1 on the digital sales chart since Mumford & Sons' "Babel" had five weeks on top in 2012-2013. It's the longest run atop this chart for a soundtrack since "Juno" had six weeks on top in 2007-2008.

"Frozen" is #1 on Top Soundtracks for the 17th week. The movie was in the top 15 at the box-office for the 17th weekend, but it slipped out of the top 10.

YG's first studio album, "My Krazy Life," debuts at #2. The rapper (real name: Keenon Jackson) was born in Compton, Calif. Numerous other artists who were born in Compton have landed top 10 albums, including Coolio, DQ Quik, Dr. Dre, Eazy-E, The Game, Kendrick Lamar, MC Eiht, Tyga and one name you might not have expected: Krist Novoselic of Nirvana. I guess you could say they all came "Straight Outta Compton," to borrow the title of N.W.A.'s 1991 album, a gangsta rap classic.

Foster The People's sophomore album, "Supermodel," debuts at #3. This is the group's second top 10 album. "Torches" hit #8 in 2011, boosted by the megahit "Pumped Up Kicks." That album topped the 1 million mark a few weeks ago.

Skrillex's "Recess" debuts at #4. This is his first full-length album following a long string of EPs. It's also his first title to crack the top 10. Skrillex is a two-time winner of the Grammy for Best Dance/Electronica Album (for the EPs "Scary Monsters And Nice Sprites" and "Bangarang"). If he wins again for "Recess," he'll become the first three-time winner in the category's history, pulling ahead of The Chemical Brothers and Daft Punk, who have each won twice.

The Pretty Reckless's second full-length album, "Going To Hell," debuts at #5. This is the group's first top 10 album. "Gossip Girl" star Taylor Momsen fronts the New York-based alternative metal band. (A couple of notes: The Pretty Reckless is the second "Pretty" act to land a top five album, following Pretty Ricky. And Alice Cooper had a hit album with a similar title in 1976: "Alice Cooper Goes To Hell.")

Enrique Iglesias's "SEX AND LOVE" debuts at #8. It's his second bilingual album, following "Euphoria" (#10 in 2010). Iglesias has had one other top 10 album: the English-language "Escape," which hit #2 in 2001. (Iglesias' father, Julio Iglesias, reached the top 10 with just one album: 1984's "1100 Bel Air Place.") The title of the new album is similar to fellow Latin pop star Ricky Martin's "Musica + Almo+ Sexo" (English translation: Music + Soul + Sex), which reached #3 in 2011.

Pharrell Williams's "Happy" is #1 on Hot Digital Songs for the sixth week, with sales of 370K. Will the smash log its fifth week at #1 on the Hot 100? You'll find out later today when we post my first of two Songs blogs.

Here's a recap of this week's top 10 albums.

The Top Five: The "Frozen" soundtrack holds at #1 in its 17th week (202K). This is its 15th week in the top 10 … YG's "My Krazy Life" debuts at #2 (61K). It's his first top 10 album Foster The People's "Supermodel" debuts at #3 (54K). It's the group's second top 10 album … Skrillex's "Recess" debuts at #4 (47K). It's his first top 10 album … The Pretty Reckless's "Going To Hell" debuts at #5 (35K). It's the group's first top 10 album.

The Second Five: Pharrell Williams's "G I R L" dips from #5 to #6 in its third week (34K). It has been in the top 10 the entire time … Rick Ross's "Mastermind" drops from #3 to #7 in its third week (27K). It has been in the top 10 the entire time … Enrique Iglesias's "SEX AND LOVE" debuts at #8 (24K). It's his third top 10 album … Lorde's "Pure Heroine" dips from #8 to #9 in its 25th week (24K). This is its 19th week in the top 10 … Taking Back Sunday's "Happiness Is" debuts at #10 (22K). It's the New York-band rock band's fourth top 10 album.

Eric Church's "The Outsiders" drops from #10 to #14. It returns to #1 on Top Country Albums. This is its third week on top. "The Outsiders" has sold 476K copies, making it the best-selling album released so far this year. ("Frozen" and Beyonce's "Beyonce" have sold more copies in 2014, but they were released in 2013.)

Five other albums drop out of the top 10 this week. Luke Bryan's "Spring Break 6...Like We Ain't Ever" EP tumbles from #2 to #15. Aloe Blacc's "Lift Your Spirit" drops from #4 to #19. 311's "Stereolithic" plummets from #6 to #64. "Young Money: Rise Of An Empire" drops from #7 to #36. Sara Evans's "Slow Me Down" drops from #9 to #34.

The Rend Collective's third studio album, "The Art Of Celebration," debuts at #13. This is the first chart album for the folk-rock worship band from Northern Ireland …Demon Hunter's seventh studio album, "Extremist," debuts at #16. It's his first album to crack the top 30 … Kevin Gates' "By Any Means" debuts at #17. The rapper, a Louisiana native, released his first mixtape in 2007.

The "Divergent" soundtrack jumps from #29 to #21 in its second week. The movie was #1 at the box-office over the weekend.

George Michael's "Symphonica" debuts at #60. The album enters the U.K.'s Official Albums Chart at #1. It's Michael's ninth #1 in his home country, counting two albums with Wham! … The "Muppets Most Wanted" soundtrack debuts at #68. The movie was #2 at the box-office over the weekend … Bruno Mars's "Doo-Wops & Hooligans" drops from #62 to #80 in its 178th week. The album logs its 17th week at #1 on Top Catalog Albums.

Dukes Of September's "Dukes Of September Live" enters Top Music Videos at #1.

Coming Attractions: Shakira's "Shakira." is expected to be next week's top new entry at #2 (70K). Also due: Johnny Cash's "Out Among The Stars" (30K), Memphis May Fire's "Unconditional" (28K), Kari Jobe's "Majestic" (21K), Erica Campbell's "Help" (18K), Barry Manilow's "Night Songs" (18K) and Jerrod Niemann's "High Noon" (12K).