Chart Watch: 10 Fun Facts About “Frozen”

Paul Grein
·Writer

The "Frozen" soundtrack logs its 10th week at #1 on The Billboard 200, which ties "The Lion King" for the longest run at #1 ever for a soundtrack from an animated movie. Both albums spawned Oscar-winning ballads: "Let It Go" and "Can You Feel The Love Tonight," respectively.

And "Frozen" will probably stay on top for at least three more weeks. (Three high-profile albums are due for release on May 6 that are vying for #1: "Now 50," a still-untitled Mariah Carey album and Hunter Hayes's "Storyline.")

The soundtrack's staying power is remarkable. Even after 20 weeks in release, "Frozen" sold more copies this week (133K) than the week's next five best-selling albums combined (130K).

To commemorate the album's on-going dominance, here's an avalanche of 10 fun facts about "Frozen."

1."Frozen" tops the 2 million mark in U.S. sales this week. It's the first soundtrack from a theatrically-released movie to reach the 2 million sales plateau since Miley Cyrus's "Hannah Montana: The Movie," which has sold 2,085,000 copies since its release in 2009.

2. It's the first soundtrack from an animated movie to reach 2 million since "Shrek," which has sold 2,475,000 copies since its release in 2001.

3. "Frozen" is the first album to log 10 or more weeks at #1 since Adele's "21," which amassed 24 weeks on top in 2011-2012.

4. It's the first soundtrack to log 10 or more weeks at #1 since "Titanic," which had 16 consecutive weeks on top in 1998. That album also spawned an Oscar-winning ballad.

5. This is the album's 16th week in the top five. "Frozen" is the first soundtrack from a theatrically-released movie to spend that many weeks in the top five since "City Of Angels" had a 16-week run from April to August 1998.

6. "Frozen" sold 38K digital copies this week, which puts it back atop the Digital Albums chart. This is its seventh week at #1 on that chart, which is more than any other soundtrack in the chart's history. ("Juno" headed the digital chart for six weeks in 2007-2008.)

7. "Frozen" has sold 929K digital copies. That's more than any other soundtrack in history. "Pitch Perfect" is in second place (767K). "Frozen" is close to becoming the 10th album in digital history to sell 1 million digital copies.

8. "Frozen" is #1 on Top Soundtracks for the 20th week. The movie was in the top 20 at the box-office for the 20th weekend.

9. "Frozen" may well wind up as the best-selling album of 2014. It would be only the fourth soundtrack from a theatrically-released movie to take that title since Nielsen SoundScan started tracking music sales in 1991. It would follow Whitney Houston's "The Bodyguard" (1993), "The Lion King" (1994) and "Titanic" (1998).

10. "Frozen" would be the sixth soundtrack from a theatrically-released movie to wind up as the #1 album of the year on Billboard's year-end charts (which date to 1956). It would follow "West Side Story" (which was #1 for both 1962 and 1963), "Mary Poppins" (1965), Bee Gees's "Saturday Night Fever" (1978), Houston's "The Bodyguard" (1993) and "Titanic" (1998).

MercyMe's eighth studio album, "Welcome To The New," debuts at #4. It's the Contemporary Christian group's third top 10 album in a row.

Black Label Society

's 10th studio album, "Catacombs Of The Black Vatican," debuts at #5. It's the heavy metal band's second top five album, following "Order Of The Black," which hit #4 in 2010. (This isn't the first time The Vatican has gotten a name-check in the title of a top five album. Stone Temple Pilots's "Tiny Music…Songs From The Vatican Gift Shop" hit #4 in 1996.)

SoMo's eponymous second album debuts at #6. The album includes "Ride," which has climbed to #20 on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs. SoMo (Joseph Somers-Morales) is a 21-year old pop/R&B singer/songwriter.

Martina McBride

's 11th studio album, "Everlasting," debuts at #7. It's McBride's seventh top 10 album. The covers collection enters Top Country Albums at #1, displacing Dan + Shay's "Where It All Began." It's McBride's fifth #1 country album. McBride has won the CMA award for Female Vocalist of the Year four times, an achievement matched only by Reba McEntire and Miranda Lambert.

Florida Georgia Line's "Here's To The Good Times" rebounds from #19 to #10 in its 71st week. This is album's highest ranking since August. This is the third calendar year in which the album has cracked the top 10. The album debuted at #10 in December 2012. It reached its #4 peak in July 2013. The album has ranked in the top 30 in all but one of its 71 chart weeks. In the old days, an album with this kind of consistency would be at 5 million by now. Even in this tougher sales climate, it's at a healthy 1,763,000.

Pharrell Williams

's "Happy" is #1 on Hot Digital Songs for the ninth consecutive week, with sales of 257K. It's the first song to log nine or more consecutive weeks at #1 on this chart since "Thrift Shop" by Macklemore & Ryan Lewis featuring Wanz, which had 10 straight weeks on top early last year. Will "Happy" log its eighth 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 10th week in in its 20th week (133K). This is its 18th week in the top 10 … Pharrell Williams's "G I R L" rebounds from #9 to #2 in its sixth week (29K). It has been in the top 10 the entire time … 5 Seconds Of Summer's "She Looks So Perfect" dips from #2 to #3 in its second week (26K) … MercyMe's "Welcome To The New" debuts at #4 (26K). It's the group's third top 10 album … Black Label Society's "Catacombs Of The Black Vatican" debuts at #5 (26K). It's the group's second top 10 album.

The Second Five: SoMo's "SoMo" debuts at #6 (23K). It's his first top 10 album … Martina McBride's "Everlasting" debuts at #7 (21K). It's her seventh top 10 album … Luke Bryan's "Crash My Party" rebounds from #15 to #8 in its 35th week (19K). This is its 14th week in the top 10 … Shakira's "Shakira" drops from #5 to #9 in its third week (17K). It has been in the top 10 the entire time … Florida Georgia Line's "Here's To The Real World" rebounds from #19 to #10 in its 71st week (17K). This is its 14th week in the top 10.

Six albums drop out of the top 10 this week. Chevelle's "La Gargola" drops from #3 to #15. Christina Perri's "Head Or Heart" drops from #4 to #23. Dan + Shay's "Where It All Began" drops from #6 to #25. Nickel Creek's "A Dotted Line" drops from #7 to #28. Johnny Cash's "Out Among The Stars" drops from #8 to #11. "Now 49" drops from #10 to #13.

Linda Ronstadt

's "Duets" debuts at #32. Two of the tracks reached #2 on the Hot 100: "Somewhere Out There" (a duet with James Ingram) and "Don't Know Much" (with Aaron Neville). The album also includes a duet with Frank Sinatra, "Moonlight In Vermont," which first appeared on his Grammy-winning "Duets 2" collection" in 1994.

Journey's 1988 album "Journey's Greatest Hits" rebounds from #71 to #44 in its 300th chart week. The album returns to #1 on Top Catalog Albums, displacing Newsboys's "God's Not Dead." This is its 15th week on top.

"Captain America: The Winter Soldier" was #1 at the box-office for the second 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 seventh week. The DVD has sold 70K copies in 12 weeks.

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Coming Attractions: August Alsina's "Testimony" is expected to be next week's top new entry, with sales in the 50K range. Three other albums are eyeing top 10 debuts: Ingrid Michaelson's "Lights Out" (45K), NEEDTOBREATHE's "Rivers In The Wasteland" (45K) and Jason Derulo's "Talk Dirty" (30K). Also due: Breathe Carolina's "Savages" (10K) and "Frozen Karaoke" (8K).