News

‘Frozen’ keeps icy grip on Billboard chart

'FROZEN' FREEZES CHART: "Frozen" sold 94,000 copies last week according to figures from Nielsen SoundScan, marking a fourth non-consecutive week at No. 1 on Billboard 200. Photo: Associated Press

By Piya Sinha-Roy

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – A pair of animated singing princesses kept the top spot on the weekly Billboard 200 chart of best-selling albums on Wednesday, ahead of Grammy-winning artists, as a new sing-along version of Disney’s “Frozen” propelled sales of the soundtrack album.

“Frozen” sold 94,000 copies last week according to figures from Nielsen SoundScan, marking a fourth non-consecutive week at No. 1 on Billboard 200. The film, a tale of two Scandinavian princess sisters forced to save their kingdom from an everlasting winter, also raked in $9.3 million at the box office last weekend with its new sing-along version.

It is the first film soundtrack to spend four weeks at the top of the album chart in a decade, Billboard said. The last album to do the same was the “Bad Boys II” soundtrack in August 2003, spending four consecutive weeks at No. 1.

“Frozen” continued to hold off the official “2014 Grammy Nominees” album, which held steady at No. 2 with sales of 87,000 copies. The Grammy awards on January 26 did boost sales of its performers, as albums from Lorde, Beyonce, Imagine Dragons, Katy Perry and Daft Punk all featured in the top 10 this week.

Perry’s single “Dark Horse,” which she performed on the Grammy stage with rapper Juicy J, held the top spot on the Digital Songs chart this week, with 373,000 downloads.

Bruno Mars, who won a Grammy and also performed at the Super Bowl halftime show on Sunday, watched by a record-breaking 115.3 million viewers, saw his album “Unorthodox Jukebox” climb from No. 18 to No. 7 this week.

Only two new albums debuted in the top 10 of the Billboard 200 this week. Heavy metal group Of Mice & Men’s latest album “Restoring Force” came in at No. 4 while Christian rock band Casting Crowns landed at No. 6 with its latest record “Thrive.”

For the week ending February 2, overall album sales notched 4.6 million units, down 12 percent from the comparable week in 2013, Billboard said.

(Reporting by Piya Sinha-Roy; Editing by Mary Milliken and Cynthia Osterman)

Latest Stories

19 mins ago in Albemarle County, Charlottesville City, Election, Local, Surrounding Counties, UVA, Virginia Assembly

Cuccinelli Won’t Run In 2017

Fresh
Haley Nicki Cuccinelli Ken 101613 CC

Former State Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli has told fellow Republicans he will not run for governor in 2017.

33 mins ago in Albemarle County, Charlottesville City, Election, Local, Surrounding Counties, UVA, Virginia Assembly

Cruz Prevails In GOP Delegate Count

Fresh
Cruz Ted 040214 ZZ

Ted Cruz won most of the Republican at-large delegates that were chosen at the Virginia GOP Convention at James Madison University.

47 mins ago in Albemarle County, Charlottesville City, Local, Local Sports, Sports, Surrounding Counties, UVA, UVA Sports

UVA Men’s Lacrosse Ends Season

Fresh
Starsia Dom 050308

The UVA men's lacrosse program ended its 2016 season with a 7-8 record after a 19-11 loss to Brown University in Kennesaw, Georgia.

11 hours ago in Albemarle County, Charlottesville City, Local, Local Sports, Sports, Surrounding Counties, UVA, UVA Sports

UVA Baseball Team Takes Two From Pitt

BaseballHat1

UVA won a Saturday double header over Pittsburgh Saturday, and racked up its 28th and 29th victories of the baseball season.

12 hours ago in Albemarle County, Charlottesville City, Local, Local Sports, Sports, Surrounding Counties, UVA, UVA Sports

Baltimore Ravens Select Canady

FootballUVaHelmet_1

UVA has now managed to have one of its football players drafted by an NFL team for 33 years.