Chart Watch: “Frozen” for a Frozen Country
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" 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.
"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.