‘Frozen’ Soundtrack Keeps Top Spot on Album Charts, Shakira Follows With No. 2 Spot


Still receiving dividends from the home video release of “Frozen,” the soundtrack for Disney’s animated tuner held onto No. 1 on the national album chart for an eighth non-consecutive frame last week.

“Frozen” maintained its hold on the top slot for a third straight week, tracking sales of 161,000 (down 20%). It’s the best performance by a Disney soundtrack set in two decades: In 1994, “The Lion King” sustained a regal grip on No. 1 for a total of 10 weeks.

Colombian star and “The Voice” panelist Shakira signed on at No. 2 with her self-titled English-language album, which moved 84,000 its opening week. It’s the vocalist’s highest-charting U.S. debut of her career; her previous personal best came with 2001’s “Laundry Service,” which peaked at No. 3.

The late country legend Johnny Cash’s “Out Among the Stars” (Columbia/Legacy) entered at No. 3 with a 54,000-unit stanza. The collection of previously unreleased material is the third posthumous Cash album to debut in the national top five since his death in 2003, succeeding “American V: A Hundred Highways” (No. 1, 2006) and “American VI: Ain’t No Grave” (No. 3, 2010).

Dallas metal act Memphis May Fire recorded its biggest chart entry to date with “Unconditional” (Rise), which arrived at No. 4 with a 27,000-unit bow. The metal quintet’s previous high came in 2012, when “Challenger” peaked at No. 16.

Gospel singer Erica Campbell took No. 6 with her debut solo set “Help” (E1), which shifted 23,000. With her sister Tina, Campbell has collected four No. 1 gospel albums as a member of Mary Mary.

Pop vet Barry Manilow returns to the top 10 with his collection of standards “Night Songs” (Stiletto Entertainment), bowing at No. 8 with 22,000 sold. His 2011 set “15 Minutes” entered at No. 7.

A year after announcing their breakup, rock unit My Chemical Romance returned to the top 10 with the greatest hits package “May Death Never Stop You” (Warner Bros.), in at No. 9 with a 20,000-unit score. The group’s final studio album, 2010’s “Danger Days: The True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys,” reached No. 8.

Holding over in the top 10 were Pharrell Williams’ “G I R L” (No. 5, 25,000 sold, off 26%), YG’s “My Krazy Life” (No. 7, 23,000, off 63%) and Lorde’s “Pure Heroine” (No. 10, 20,000, down 15%).