‘Frozen’ Soundtrack Heats Up SoundScan Album Chart

Hit toon ranks as first Disney pic to reach No. 1 slot since 'Pocahontas' in 1995


Showing its seasonal strength, the soundtrack for Disney’s animated hit “Frozen” moved into the top slot on the U.S. album chart last week despite wintry post-New Year sales.

The album, drawn from the Mouse’s animated hit based on Hans Christian Andersen’s “The Snow Queen,” climbed three slots and took the national crown in its sixth chart frame with 165,000 copies sold (up 55%), according to Nielsen SoundScan data for the week ended Jan. 5.

The album, featuring songs by Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez, is the first Disney soundtrack release to reach the top of the national chart since “Pocahontas” pulled off the feat in 1995. Two decades ago, the soundtrack for Disney’s “The Lion King” became one of the biggest movie-driven hits ever, holding No. 1 for 10 weeks and shifting more than 10 million copies in the U.S. alone.

The “Frozen” set, which has sold 503,000 to date, has benefited from the pic’s yuletide B.O. success; the film has drawn in $298 million to date domestically. The feature is up for a pair of Golden Globes this Sunday.

Beyond the ascent of “Frozen,” there was not much chart activity in a week that typically sees no new releases and declining sales. Most titles in the top 10 registered large double-digit declines.

Beyonce’s self-titled Columbia album dropped to No. 2 after three weeks at the top, dipping 58% and selling 130,000. The top five was filled out by Eminem’s “The Marshall Mathers LP 2” (No. 3, 55,000 sold, off 55%), Katy Perry’s “Prism” (No. 4, 51,000, down 48%) and Lorde’s “Pure Heroine” (No. 5, 46,000, down 40%).

Completing the top 10 were One Direction’s “Midnight Memories” (No. 6, 45,000, off 68%), Luke Bryan’s “Crash My Party” (No. 7, 43,000, off 19%), OneRepublic’s “Native” (No. 8, 35,000, off 3%), the “Now 48” hits compilation (No. 9, 34,000, down 42%) and Imagine Dragons’ “Night Visions” (No. 10, 31,000, off 50%). OneRepublic’s 9-month-old album is receiving a lift from its current hit “Counting Stars.”