The 49th edition of the hits compilation “Now That’s What I Call Music!” has shoved the soundtrack for “Frozen” from the pinnacle of the U.S. album chart.
The Universal-distributed “Now 49” claimed the No. 1 slot on the list with first-week sales of 98,000 copies, according to Nielsen SoundScan data for the week ending Feb. 9. It is the 17th “Now” set to top the chart since the series was inaugurated in the U.S. in 1998, 15 years after the first hit compilation was launched in the U.K. The current package includes top hits by Lorde, Miley Cyrus, Bruno Mars, Pitbull and others.
Disney’s “Frozen” dipped to No. 2 behind an 88,000-unit week (off 6%). The animated tuner had led the chart for the two previous weeks and topped it for a total of four frames. The pic has grossed $369 million domestically to date, while its companion album is expected to top the million-unit mark next week.
Bruno Mars’ sales continued to hop following appearances on the Grammy Awards telecast and the Super Bowl halftime show on back-to-back weekends. The kinetic performer’s 61-week-old “Unorthodox Jukebox” climbed another four slots to No. 3 with 81,000 sold (up 92%).
The R&B duo of Toni Braxton & Babyface logged the second-highest debut of the week with “Love, Marriage & Divorce” (Motown), which moved in at No. 4 with a 67,000-copy first-week tally. The pairing renews a long creative association, for diva Braxton began her solo career in the ‘90s recording for producer-songwriter-performer Kenneth “Babyface” Edmonds’ LaFace label.
Broken Bells’ “After the Disco” (Columbia) bowed at No. 5 with 44,000 shifted; the duo of producer Danger Mouse and Shins front man James Mercer reached No. 7 with their self-titled 2010 debut.
U.K. “X Factor” grads Little Mix arrived at No. 6 with their sophomore set “Salute” (Syco/Columbia), which scanned 43,000. The all-girl quartet reached No. 4 stateside with their 2012 debut “DNA.”
The rest of the top 10 comprised familiar titles: Beyonce’s eponymous album (No. 7, 38,000 sold, down 20%), Lorde’s “Pure Heroine” (No. 8, 35,000, off 48%), “2014 Grammy Nominees” (No. 9, 35,000, down 60%) and Katy Perry’s “Prism” (No. 10, 27,000, off 12%).
Country singer Eric Church’s much-talked-about new album has a shot at the top of the chart next week.