It's cold outside, but it's "Frozen" on the Billboard charts. As the Josh Gad-led animated movie crushes it at the box office, the film's soundtrack has picked up some serious steam as well. The polar vortex of pop has even done the unthinkable, booting Beyoncé's surprise self-titled album from the #1 spot after three weeks at the top.
Yes, You Do Want To Build A Snowman
The "Frozen" soundtrack, featuring songs performed by stars Gad, Kristen Bell, Idina Menzel and Demi Lovato, moved up three spots to #1 for its highest chart position to date, thanks to sales of 165,000, according to figures provided by Nielsen SoundScan. The album has sold nearly 503,000 copies to date, or, nearly double the sales of Britney Spears' Britney Jean, which moved up four spots in its fifth week, even as sales were off another 51 percent to 15,000 for a total of 209,000 to date.
In the process, the magazine reported that "Frozen" is just the fourth animated film soundtrack to reach #1 in the 58-year history of the Billboard 200 chart.
Bey, Em and Katy Caught In Sales Deep Freeze
As for the rest of the top 10 (and most of the top 20 for that matter), it seems that all that holiday shopping has exhausted music fans, with nearly every title off by double digits. Slipping to #2, Queen Bey was off by 58 percent in week four (130,000) for a one-month total of 1.4 million. Her Christmas surprise is an unqualified success, already moving more in a month than her previous album, 4, sold during its entire run (1.39 million).
Eminem's The Marshall Mathers LP 2 managed to hold tight at #3 as sales fell 55 percent to 55,000, besting Katy Perry's Prism, which moved up one (down 48 percent on sales of 51,000), as she passed the platinum mark.
The rest of the top 10: Lorde, Pure Heroine (#5, down 40 percent, 46,000), One Direction, Midnight Memories (#6, down 68 percent, 45,000), Luke Bryan, Crash My Party (#7, down 19, 43,000), OneRepublic, Native (#8, down 3 percent, 35,000), NOW 48 (#9, down 42 percent, 34,000) and Imagine Dragons, Night Visions (#10, down 50 percent, 31,000).
Pitbull Keeping Charts Warm
According to Billboard, Pitbull continues to run the Digital Songs chart with his smash "Timber," which moved another 301,000 copies even as sales were down by 32 percent. The rest of the top 10 on that chart was a reshuffling of the deck with songs from A Great Big World, OneRepublic, Katy Perry, Eminem, Passenger, Lorde, One Direction, and Avicii all down by double digits.