It’s springtime, but the SoundScan charts are still under a deep freeze. That’s because the Frozen soundtrack is still going strong, and this week had its biggest sales week yet, thanks to the billion-dollar-movie-that-could’s release on DVD last week. Elsewhere, a slew of albums debut in this week’s Top 10 and everybody is still singing along to “Happy.” SoundScanner digs in!
Frozen hotter than ever: The Frozen soundtrack isn’t melting away anytime soon. Spurred by the movie’s release on DVD and Blu-Ray last week, the soundtrack explodes on this week’s Nielsen SoundScan Top Current Albums chart, scoring its best sales week to-date. The set sold 202,000 copies, more than doubling its total last week, and more than tripling the week’s second place finisher. In addition, several of the album’s singles enjoy sales surges on the Digital Songs chart, including “Let It Go” (No. 4, up 37 percent),”Do You Want to Build a Snowman” (No. 21, up 35 percent) and “For the First Time in Forever” (No. 31, up 60 percent). This week marks the soundtrack’s seventh non-consecutive week at No. 1, and it has sold 1.63 million copies to date.
Foster the People, Skrillex debut high: While Frozen rules this week’s chart, six albums make their debuts in the Top 10. Leading the pack is Compton rapper YG, whose debut album My Krazy Life debuts at No. 2 with 61,000 sales. Next up is Foster the People’s sophomore set, Supermodel, which arrives at a career-best No. 3 with 54,000 sales. Grammy winner and EDM champ Skrillex lands at No. 4 with his first full-length album Recess, which sold 47,000 copies, while Taylor Momsen-led rockers The Pretty Reckless take the No. 5 spot with their second album, Going to Hell, which sold 35,000 copies. Sex and Love, the latest set from Enrique Iglesias, settles in at No. 8 with 24,000, while Long Island rock group Taking Back Sunday finishes out the week’s top debuts at No. 10 with Happiness Is, which sold 22,000 units.
Lana strikes platinum: For Lana Del Rey, slow and steady wins the race, as her debut album Born to Die crosses the 1 million sales marker this week, 112th weeks after it debuted on the chart. Born to Die was released in January 2012 and sold 77,000 copies its first week in stores, peaking at No. 2. It’s been hanging around the chart ever since, and comes in at No. 76 this week, selling 4,700 copies, bringing its total sales to 1.001 million. The album’s companion piece, Paradise, was released in November 2012 and has sold 327,000 copies to date, and is No. 170 on this week’s chart. Del Rey kicks off her first North American tour later this spring, and is set to release her second full-length album, Ultraviolence, later this year. So much for being born to die.
’Happy’ still going strong: Pharrell Williams’ “Happy” is still No. 1 on SoundScan’s Digital Songs chart by a healthy margin. It sold 370,000 downloads this week, up 2 percent from last week, putting it 146,000 downloads ahead of the week’s second place finisher, John Legend’s forever-a-bridesmaid “All of Me.” Meanwhile, Pharrell’s G I R L is No. 6 on this week’s albums chart, one spot ahead of Rick Ross’ Mastermind, which outsold it its first two weeks in stores. But G I R L has a better hold this week, dropping only 24 percent from last week, while Mastermind (No. 7) dips 44 percent.
Blake celebrates a birthday: One year ago this week, Blake Shelton’s Based on a True Story… hit the chart, and the album is still doing well, coming in this week at No. 73 with 4,900 sales. The Voice coach’s album – the ninth best-selling album of 2013 – has sold 1.18 million copies to date, and the single “Boys ‘Round Here,” featuring Pistol Annies, has sold 2.4 million downloads. Not sure if Shelton has a follow-up planned yet, but if so our suggested title would be B.O.A.T.S. II: Me Time. Has anyone else used that yet?
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