The landmark 50th installment of the pop hits compilation “Now That’s What I Call Music!” has nudged the “Frozen” soundtrack from its No. 1 perch on the U.S. album chart.
“Now 50,” which is distributed by Universal Music Enterprises, powered its way to No. 1 with first-week sales of 153,000 units, according to Nielsen SoundScan data for the week ending May 11. The set includes hits by Pharrell, Katy Perry, Miley Cyrus, John Legend and others. It is the 18th set in the series to reach the top since the American version of the series was inaugurated in 1998. It previously had been a fixture on the U.K. charts since 1983.
Disney’s “Frozen” dipped to No. 2 after seven consecutive frames at No. 1, shifting 99,000 (off 7%). It is the first time since March that the film soundtrack has failed to sell in six figures. The set’s cumulative sales are now nearing 2.7 million.
Five other titles debuted in the top 10. “Storyline” (Atlantic), the sophomore major-label album by country singer Hunter Hayes, arrived at No. 3 with 69,000 sold. It surpasses the peak of the vocalist’s 2011 debut, which climbed to No. 7 (following the success of the hit “Wanted”) after debuting at No. 18.
Sarah McLachlan’s “Shine On” (Verve) bowed at No. 4, moving 42,000. The Canadian singer-songwriter fell shy of her stateside personal best of No. 2, logged with both “Surfacing” (1997) and “Afterglow” (2003). Her last release, “Laws of Illusion,” topped out at No. 3 in 2010.
Rapper Tech N9ne’s collaborative release “Strangeulation” (Strange Music) debuted at No. 5, selling 36,000. The album features appearances by Serj Tankian, Krizz Kaliko, Ces Cru and Wrekonize, among other guest stars.
Hip-hop duo Atmosphere’s “Southsiders” (Rhymesayers) moved in at No. 8, selling 23,000. The Minneapolis twosome previously reached No. 5 in 2008 with “When Life Gives You Lemons, You Paint That Shit Gold.”
Another collaborative set, Santana’s “Corazon” (RCA), debuted at No. 9 with a 22,000-unit week. The collection pairs guitarist Carolos Santana with such stars as Pitbull, Miguel, Ziggy Marley, Gloria Estefan and Wayne Shorter.
Chart holdovers included Pharrell’s “G I R L” (No. 6, 24,000 sold, up 13%), Luke Bryan’s “Crash My Party” (No. 7, 24,000, up 42%) and Lorde’s “Pure Heroine” (No. 10, 19,000, up 39%). Pharrell’s and Bryan’s titles were separated by less than 800 units.
Next week’s chart will see the arrival of the new Michael Jackson collection “Xscape” and the Black Keys’ “Turn Blue.”