Disney’s Frozen soundtrack is iced out of the top spot this week by the latest in a series of popular hits compilations, while Bruno Mars continues his post Super Bowl buzz and several artists land Top 10 debuts. Let’s dive in and have a look at this week’s SoundScan charts, shall we?
Now freezes Frozen: The soundtrack to the Disney smash Frozen ends its run at No. 1 on SoundScan’s Top Current Albums chart this week, as it is displaced by the hits compilation Now That’s What I Call Music 49. Yes, even in a streaming world, people are still buying these comps, and Now 49 – which features hits by Lorde, Katy Perry, Drake, Imagine Dragons and more – sold 98,000 copies this week. It’s the first Now compilation to hit No. 1 on the chart since Now 43 back in summer 2012. Frozen dips a spot to No. 2, falling just 6 percent this week and adding another 88,000 to its total sales. The album has sold 952,000 copies to date and, barring a disaster, will cross the 1 million sales marker on next week’s chart.
Bruno’s buzz continues: A week after Bruno Mars rode a wave of buzz from his Super Bowl performance into the Top 10, he charts even higher this week, bringing his Unorthodox Jukebox in at No. 3, up four spots from last week, on a 92 percent sales bump. (SoundScan charts track sales from Monday to Sunday, so this marks the first full frame since the Super Bowl performance.) The set’s 81,000 sales this week puts it over the double platinum marker; the album has now sold 2.05 million copies in the 61 weeks since its release.
Toni Braxton, Broken Bells debut: Following Now 49, the week’s top debut comes from Toni Braxton and Babyface’s Love, Marriage & Divorce, which arrives at No. 4 with 67,000 sales. It’s a better launch than Braxton’s last album, 2010’s Pulse, which started at No. 9 with 54,000 sales, and it marks the highest charting album of Babyface’s career. Broken Bells follows at No. 5 with After the Disco, which sold 44,000; the duo’s self-titled 2010 debut sold better, with 49,000 first week sales, but it debuted lower, arriving at No. 7. The Top 10’s final debut comes from U.K. girl group act Little Mix, who land at No. 6 with Salute, which sold 43,000 copies. The group’s previous set, DNA, arrived at No. 4 with 50,000 sales.