Look, we’re as sick of ice puns as you are at this point. I mean, we’ve been writing this stuff all year already! But, seriously, is there anyone out there who can unseat the “Frozen” soundtrack on the Billboard 200 album charts?
Cold, Cold, Cold, Okay, Hot
Here’s the thing: “Frozen” is one week away from passing “The Lion King” for the title of the longest run at #1 by an animated film soundtrack. The Lion King! With its fifth week in a row and 10th nonconsecutive week at #1, “Frozen” just keeps crushing the game, selling another 133,000 copies according to Nielsen SoundScan as it nudged past the 2 million mark.
The competition was not even close. Not even in the ballpark. Sure, Pharrell Williams’ G I R L was up 18 percent and 7 spots to 29,000, but that was clearly not enough to get anywhere near Olaf and the gang.
After a strong (143,000) #2 debut last week , Australian pop rockers 5 Seconds of Summer suffered a major drop-off for their She Looks So Perfect EP . While they only slipped one spot to #3, the release shed 82 percent of last week’s business on sales of nearly 26,000.
Welcome To The Club
Four albums will debut in the top 10, including Christian rockers MercyMe with Welcome To The New (#4, 26,000), metal act Black Label Society’s Catacombs of the Black Vatican (#5, 26,000), R&B singer SoMo’s self-titled second effort (#6, 23,000) and Martina McBride’s Everlasting (#7, 21,000).
Over on the iTunes album chart, advance orders for the deluxe edition of Ed Sheeran’s X were good enough for a #3 showing, while SZA landed at #8 with Z.
If it seems like “Frozen” is the only album that can stay at #1 on the album chart, Pharrell Williams’ “Happy” has an absolute hammer lock on the Billboard Digital Song chart. Skateboard P owns #1 for a ninth straight week thanks to sales of 257,000, easily crushing the competition.
And then … well, it’s pretty much the same old, same old: John Legend, “All of Me” (#2, 197,000), Jason DeRulo, “Talk Dirty” (#3, 162,000) and Idina Menzel, “Let It Go” (#4, 152,000). But wait, here’s something new. Ed Sheeran’s “Sing” has the week’s highest debut at #5 (123,000), for his second-biggest sales week ever.