News

‘Frozen’ ices competition on Billboard chart

'FROZEN:' The album, which features the single "Let It Go," has sold 769,000 copies since its release on Nov. 25. Photo: Associated Press

By Piya Sinha-Roy

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Not even the Grammy awards could keep the soundtrack to Disney film “Frozen” from returning to No. 1 on the weekly Billboard 200 album chart, its third non-consecutive week at the top of the chart.

“Frozen” sold 93,000 copies in the past week, according to figures from Nielsen SoundScan, and climbed one spot back to No. 1. The animated film about two Nordic princess sisters is still holding strong at the box office, bringing in $9 million over the past weekend.

The album, which features the single “Let It Go,” has sold 769,000 copies since its release on Nov. 25.

The televised Grammy awards on Sunday helped the official “2014 Grammy Nominees” album debut at No. 2 with sales of 59,000. The compilation features songs by Grammy winners Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Kacey Musgraves and Lorde.

The Grammy awards show led to album sales bumps for a number of the night’s performers and winners. Lorde’s “Pure Heroine” rose from No. 7 to No. 5 this week while Macklemore & Ryan Lewis’ “The Heist” climbed 10 spots to No. 14.

Many Grammy artists received song sales boosts from Sunday, as Katy Perry’s “Dark Horse” featuring rapper Juicy J, which the duo performed on the Grammy stage, topped the Digital Songs chart with 294,000 downloads.

Other new debuts in the top 10 of the Billboard 200 include pop newcomers A Great Big World at No. 3 with “Is There Anybody Out There,” and indie-rockers Young The Giant at No. 7 with “Mind Over Matter.”

Overall album sales for the week ending Jan. 26 totaled 4.3 million, down 13 percent from the comparable week in 2013, Billboard said.

(Reporting by Piya Sinha-Roy; Editing by Eric Kelsey and James Dalgleish)

Recent Headlines

36 mins ago in Music

Paul McCartney says he almost quit music in the early ’70s

Fresh
paulmccartney

In a new interview, the rocker reveals he went wild in the years after the Fab Four called it quits, and his band Wings helped him straighten out and rediscover his love for music.

2 hours ago in Trending, Viral Videos

TODAY’S MUST SEE: Bernie and Hillary walk into a bar

Fresh
11-overlay-11

The Democratic presidential candidates reminisce about their time running against each other in the primary.

23 hours ago in Music

Would you wear Rolling Stones swim trunks?

rollingstonesREUTERS

The veteran rockers have teamed up with a fashion company to roll out a collection of men's swimwear.

1 day ago in Music

David Bowie hits ballet set for Detroit

bowiesmile

The late rocker's musical masterpieces are to come alive as part of an ambitious ballet project.

1 day ago in Music

Adele is going to sign a $130 million record deal

adele246729320018

The "Rolling in the Deep" singer is reportedly about to close a deal to move from her current label XL Recordings to Sony Music, and the staggering $131 million contract will bring her fortune to $254 million.