Save your underwear offerings for one more week, because while Australian pop-punk rockers 5 Seconds of Summer aren’t chart champs just yet, the crown could be coming their way soon.
Like so many before them this year, Michael, Luke, Calum and Ashton tried their best, but came up just short of dislodging the “Frozen” soundtrack from the #1 position on the Billboard 200 album chart.
After smashing it in the U.K. and their native Australia with the She Looks So Perfect EP, 5 Seconds will have to settle for #2 this week thanks to sales of nearly 143,000, according to figures provided by Nielsen SoundScan.
It was a valiant effort, but it’s clear that it’s going to take something major to knock the icy Disney juggernaut from its frosty perch. “Frozen” will lodge its fourth week at #1 in a row and ninth nonconsecutive one overall thanks to sales of another 149,000, pushing it within a snowshoe’s distance of crossing the 2 million mark.
Here’s the craziest part: if “Frozen” can hold on for two more weeks it will surpass “The Lion King” for the title of the longest run at #1 by an animated film soundtrack.
Christina Perri’s Head Start
Tattooed “Jar of Hearts” singer Christina Perri will crash the top 5 at #4 with her second album, Head or Heart, which moved 40,000, putting it just behind the latest from rockers Chevelle, La Gargola (#3, 45,000).
The week’s other top 10 debuts: country duo Dan + Shay, Where It All Began (#6, 29,000) and Nickel Creek, Dotted Line (#7, 27,000). In her second week on the charts, Shakira shimmied down 66 percent and three spots to #5 with her self-titled album (29,000).
Yup, Still ‘Happy,’ What Can We Say?
At this point, it seems pretty clear that Pharrell Williams is going to run out of new mountain hat colors before “Happy” runs out of weeks at #1. In case you’ve been living on a submarine or foraging in the Wi-Fi-less woods for fancy mushrooms, chances are you’ve heard his megahit and probably downloaded it too.
Which is why Mr. Happy will once again hold down the #1 spot on the Billboard Digital Songs chart, giving him eight weeks of supremacy thanks to another 284,000 downloads.
That chart was pretty static, with Luke Bryan’s “Play It Again” the only mover, finally sliding in to the top 10 at #8 (88,000). Otherwise it was: John Legend, “All of Me” (#2, 228,000), Jason DeRulo, “Talk Dirty” (#3, 156,000), Idina Menzel, “Let It Go” (#4, 154,00) and Katy Perry, “Dark Horse” (#5, 154,000).
The rest of the top 10: Aloe Blacc, “The Man” (#6, 106,000), DJ Snake & Lil Jon, “Turn Down for What” (#7, 96,000), Bastille, “Pompeii” (#9, 85,000) and EDM duo Chainsmokers viral hit “#SELFIE” (#10, 79,000).
Skateboard P also locked down the #1 spot again on the iTunes single chart, keeping Legend locked at #2 and DeRulo hanging at #3.