Frozen Soundtrack, Beyoncé Are Top Sellers
January 8, 2014

The soundtrack to Disney's Frozen rises to #1 on the sales chart this week, selling 165,000 copies, according to Nielsen SoundScan. It rises from #4 last week, and marks the first soundtrack to reach #1 in a year, since Les Misérables did it in January 2013. Moreover, Frozen is just the fourth animated film soundtrack to reach #1 since the Billboard 200 chart became a regularly published weekly barometer in 1956, the magazine reports. Frozen also bumps Beyoncé's self-titled album from the #1 position, down to #2 in its fourth chart week, with another 130,000 copies sold. The unannounced, surprise December release spent its first three weeks at #1, and has now sold 1.43 million.

As for the rest of the Top 10 this week, Eminem's The Marshall Mathers LP 2 is #3 with 55,000, Katy Perry's Prism is #4 with 51,000, and Lorde's Pure Heroine is #5 with 46,000. One Direction's Midnight Memories slides to #6 with 45,000, and Luke Bryan's Crash My Party rises back up to #7 with 43,000. OneRepublic's Native album returns to the Top 10 for the first time since April of 2013, moving up to #8 with 35,000 sold. The Now 48 compilation is #9 with 34,000, and Imagine Dragons' Night Visions closes out the Top 10, shifting 31,000 units.

In other sales news, Adele's smash hit 21 has become the first-ever digital album to sell over three million copies, a representative from Nielsen SoundScan confirmed to Rolling Stone. Back in 2012, 21 reached another significant sales milestone when it became only the 21st album in history to sell more than 10 million copies.

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Mark Adams
San Francisco

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