Chart Watch: ‘Now’ Bumps ‘Frozen’…Again
This marks the first time that back-to-back Now releases have hit #1 since Now 30 and Now 31 scored in 2009. Now 50 sold 153K copies in its first week. That's the best first-week tally for a Now album since Now 31 started with 169K in July 2009.
All 50 regular Now volumes have made the top 10, as have five non-numbered Now albums.
The best-selling album in the franchise's history is Now 5, which has sold 4,789,000 copies since its release in 2000. (Ironically, that album isn't one of the 18 Now volumes to reach #1. It peaked at #2.)
Frozen dips from #1 to #2. With sales to date of 2,655,000 copies, the album is the best-selling album since Taylor Swift's Red. That blockbuster has sold 4,032,000 copies since its release in October 2012.
Also this week, Frozen becomes the best-selling soundtrack to a theatrically-released animated movie since The Lion King (7,875,000). It pushes ahead of Tarzan (2,586,000). Note: I’m not counting Space Jam (4,767,000), which blended live action and animation. I'm also not counting A Charlie Brown Christmas, which has been a TV perennial since 1965. That album has sold 3,409,000 copies since 1991.
This is the 20th 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.