What perfect timing: While much of the country has been experiencing a deep freeze, the "Frozen" jumps to #1 on The Billboard 200. In addition, the movie returned to #1 at the box-office over the weekend. This marks the first time that a movie and its soundtrack both ranked #1 since "The Hunger Games" debuted in the top spot on both charts in March 2012.
This is the second year in a row that a movie soundtrack was #1 in the first week of the year. "Les Miserables" was the first #1 album of 2013. A movie soundtrack was also on top as the year began in four other years in the Nielsen SoundScan era: 1993 ("The Bodyguard"), 1996 ("Waiting To Exhale"), 2003 ("8 Mile") and 2007 ("Dreamgirls"). ("Titanic" hit #1 in the second week of 1998.)
"Frozen" reaches #1 in its sixth week. It's the first album to take that long to reach #1 since Bruno Mars' "Unorthodox Jukebox" hit the top in its 12th week in March 2013. It's the first soundtrack to take six or more weeks to hit #1 since "O Brother, Where Art Thou?" took 63 long weeks before it finally hit the top in March 2002.
"Frozen" is the fifth soundtrack to an animated movie to reach #1. It follows "Cinderella" (two weeks at #1 in 1950), "The Lion King" (10 weeks in 1994-1995), "Pocahontas" (one week in 1995) and Jack Johnson's "Curious George" (one week in 2006). "Cinderella," "The Lion King" and "Pocahontas" each spawned one or more Oscar-nominated songs. Look for "Frozen" to follow suit. "Let It Go," the movie's key song, is almost certain to be in the running for Best Song when the Oscar nominations are announced next Thursday (Jan. 16). Two versions of the song are climbing the Hot 100. Idina Menzel's version ranked #32 last week. Demi Lovato's version was #43.
"Frozen" sold 133K digital copies, which also puts it at #1 on Top Digital Albums. The album is also #1 on Top Soundtracks for the sixth week.
You already know that Beyonce's "Beyonce" is a big hit, but wrap your head around this: "Beyonce" has sold more copies (1,432,000) in its first four weeks of release than her previous album, "4," has sold since it was released in June 2011 (1,388,000). "4" was a relative disappointment for the superstar. Each of her three previous studio albums topped the 3 million sales mark.
"Beyonce" has been especially strong in the digital realm. The album tops the 1 million mark in digital sales this week. This is by far the fastest that any album has sold 1M digital copies. The old record was held by Adele's 21, which took 20 weeks to achieve the feat. "Beyonce" is the ninth album to sell 1M digital copies. It's the first by an African American or R&B artist.
Katy Perry's "Prism" rebounds from #5 to #3. The album tops the 1 million sales mark in its 11th week. That's much faster than either of Perry's previous studio albums. Her 2008 debut, "One Of The Boys," took 48 weeks to reach the 1M mark. Her 2010 follow-up, "Teenage Dream," took 20 weeks.
Luke Bryan's "Crash My Party" rebounds from #14 to #7. It returns to #1 on Top Country Albums after a nine-week absence. This is its eighth week on top. That's the longest run by a male solo artist since Jason Aldean's "My Kinda Party" spent 12 weeks on top in 2011.
Imagine Dragons' "Night Visions" dips from #9 to #10. It has now appeared in the top 10 in three calendar years, a neat trick.
"Timber" by Pitbull featuring Ke$ha logs its fourth week at #1 on Hot Digital Songs (301K). Will the song finally move up to #1 on the Hot 100 (after spending the last four weeks at #2)? You'll find out later today when we post my Songs blog.
Here's a recap of this week's top 10 albums.
The Top Five: The "Frozen" soundtrack jumps from #4 to #1 in its sixth week (165K). This is its fourth week in the top 10… Beyonce's "Beyonce" dips to #2 in its fourth week (130K). It has been in the top five the entire time…Eminem's "The Marshall Mathers LP 2" holds at #3 for the second week in its ninth week (55K). It has been in the top 10 the entire time… Katy Perry's "Prism" inches up from #5 to #4 in its 11th week (51K). This is its 10th week in the top 10… Lorde's "Pure Heroine" jumps from #7 to #5 in its 14th week (46K). This is its ninth week in the top 10.
The Second Five: One Direction's "Midnight Memories" drops from #2 to #6 in its sixth week (45K). It has been in the top 10 the entire time…Luke Bryan's "Crash My Party" rebounds from #14 to #7 in its 21st week (43K). This is its 13th week in the top 10… OneRepublic's "Native" rebounds from #19 to #8 in its 41st week (35K). This is its second week in the top 10…"Now 48" rebounds from #12 to #9 in its eighth week (34K). This is its fourth week in the top 10… Imagine Dragons' "Night Visions" dips from #9 to #10 in its 70th week (31K). This is its 21st week in the top 10.
Three albums drop out of the top 10 this week. Garth Brooks' "Blame it All On My Roots: Five Decades Of Influences" drops from #6 to #14. Miley Cyrus' "Bangerz" drops from #8 to #13. With the holidays over, Kelly Clarkson's "Wrapped In Red" tumbles from #10 to #64.
Florida Georgia Line's "Here's To The Good Times" dips from #15 to #16 in its 57th week. The album tops the 500K mark in digital sales this week. Jason Aldean's "Night Train" topped the 500K digital sales mark last week. It's his second album to reach that plateau. "My Kinda Party" has sold 606K digital copies.
Two soundtracks to big Christmas movies move up this week. "Inside Llewyn Davis" leaps from #48 to #23 in its fourth week. "The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty" vaults from #123 to #30 in its second week.
"Foreverly" by Billie Joe Armstrong + Norah Jones rebounds from #53 to #33 in its sixth week in the wake of Phil Everly's death last week. This is its highest ranking to date. The album got off to a tepid start, but the publicity surrounding Everly's death seems to have given it a second wind. "The Very Best Of The Everly Brothers" sold 2K copies, not quite enough to make this week's chart.
One Direction's "Up All Night" drops from #60 to #70 in its 92nd week. It moves up to #1 on Top Catalog Albums. It's the boy band's first #1 on this chart.
Ellie Goulding's "Halcyon" rebounds from #137 to #107 in its 54th chart week. The album debuted and peaked at #9 in October 2012. The album finally reaches #1 on The U.K.'s Official Albums Chart this week. It's her second #1 in her home country.
Eric Clapton's "Crossroads Guitar Festival 2013" returns to #1 on Top Music Videos, displacing Beyonce's "Life Is But A Dream." This is its third week on top. With sales of 60K last year, this was the fourth best-selling music video of 2013, behind One Direction's "Up All Night—The Live Tour" (105K), Eagles' "History Of The Eagles" (97K) and Adele's "Live At The Royal Albert Hall" (78K).
Coming Attractions: Look for Kid Ink's "My Own Lane" and John Newman's "Tribute" to be among next week's top new entries.