'Frozen' soundtrack tops Beyonce on Billboard for second straight week

By Daniel S Levine,

As Disney’s Frozen stays hot at the box office, the soundtrack to the film is still selling as well. The album notched its second straight week at the top of the Billboard 200 album chart, although it experienced a significant sales drop from last week.

Last week, the album sold a stunning 165,000 copies, but it sold barely over a half that number this past week. Billboard reports that Nielsen SoundScan data shows that the album sold only 86,000 copies.

That was still enough to top the chart, though. Beyonce’s self-titled album only sold 79,000 copies, down 40 percent from last week’s chart.

While the music business overall has been stuck in a rut of poor sales, this is surprisingly the first chart with the No. 1 album selling under 100,000 copies since Sept. 28, 2013. That week, the No. 1 album, Keith Urban’s Fuse sold 98,000 copies. Frozen is the lowest-selling No. 1 since J. Cole’s Born Sinner topped the chart in July, even though it only sold 58,000 copies.

Next week should see the first big debut of the year, since Bruce Springsteen's High Hopes was released on Tuesday.

Kid Ink’s My Own Lane debuted at No. 3 with 50,000 copies sold.

The rest of the Top 10 for this week is all holdovers, although it is noteworthy that R. Kelly’s Black Panties moved up to No. 10 with only 17,000 copies sold. It’s the third lowest-selling No. 10 since 1991.

Katy Perry’s “Dark Horse” hit No. 1 on the Digital Songs Chart with 243,000 downloads.

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