'Frozen' Chills For Second Week At No. 1 On Billboard 200
The soundtrack to Disney's "Frozen" holds for a second week at No. 1 on the Billboard 200, while Beyonce's self-titled album is also stationary, at No. 2.
"Frozen" sold another 86,000 copies in the week ending Jan. 12, according to Nielsen SoundScan, down 48% from its 165,000 haul the previous week. (That sum was bolstered by sale pricing in the iTunes Store???an assist that wasn???t provided in the most recent tracking week.)
As previously noted, it was initially forecast last week that "Beyonce" would likely return to No. 1 this week. However, "Frozen" bested its sales projections, selling about 5,000 to 10,000 more than expected. The forecast for ???Beyonce??? was around 90,000 last Wednesday (Jan. 8), but was then scaled back to 80,000 by the weekend. "Beyonce" finishes the week at No. 2 with 79,000 (down 40% from 130,000 a week ago).
Sources credit the continued success of "Frozen" not to a breakout radio hit or special sale pricing, but to its parent film, which continues to do blockbuster business in theaters. According to Box Office Mojo, "Frozen" has earned $318 million at the U.S. and Canadian box offices through Jan. 13. It finished at No. 2 at the box office during the weekend ($15.1 million), behind the new release "Lone Survivor" ($38.5 million).
Since "Frozen??? received a wide release on Nov. 27, 2013, the movie has been among the top three filmsevery weekend at the box office. It???s currently the fourth-highest-grossing film released in 2013, behind "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire," "Iron Man 3" and "Despicable Me 2."
With "Frozen" having sold 86,000, this is the first week the top-selling album in the country sold fewer than 100,000 copies since the chart dated Sept. 28, 2013, when Keith Urban's "Fuse" bowed at No. 1 with 98,000. The rule of ???Frozen??? this week is the smallest sum at No. 1 since J. Cole's "Born Sinner" rose to No. 1 on the July 20, 2013, chart, with just 58,000.
It's fairly normal to see low sales figures at the top of the chart in January, because few major new albums arrive to market and the industry is readjusting after a busy holiday shopping season.
That said, "Frozen" is the first theatrical film soundtrack to rule at No. 1 for multiple weeks since "Dreamgirls" spent two weeks at No. 1 in early 2007. The last animated film to spend more than one week at No. 1 was Disney's "The Lion King," which roared for 10 nonconsecutive weeks in 1994 and 1995.
So far, the multiartist "Frozen" soundtrack has sold 589,000 in seven weeks, while "Beyonce" has sold 1.5 million in five weeks.
After "Frozen" and "Beyonce" comes the first???and only???debut in the top 10 of the chart, Kid Ink's "My Own Lane" at No. 3. It's the rapper first full-length album for a major label (RCA Records) and it starts with 50,000. It also arrives at No. 1 on the Rap Albums chart.