The Kids Are All Right: ‘Frozen’ and Pharrell’s ‘Despicable’ Song Top the Charts
Williams beats Katy Perry as "Happy" becomes biggest song in the country
First! Disney’s Frozen will not — wait for it — Let It Go. The winter animated feature has been wildly popular at the box office, and its soundtrack isn’t yet done crushing the charts. The Demi Lovato-assisted set now notches a fifth non-consecutive No. 1, with 89,000 units moved. In the entire time that Nielsen SoundScan has been crunching the numbers for Billboard (since 1991), only five soundtracks have done five weeks, and two of them had Whitney Houston: Waiting to Exhale (1995), The Lion King (1994), Bodyguard (1992), Titanic (1997), and this one. This’d be a good time to point out that “Let It Go” is nominated for an Oscar. We don’t predict the groundhog will see his shadow any time soon. Also, R.I.P. Harold Ramis.
2 to 10: SPIN cover star Eric Church topped last week’s top 10, but he slides only one spot this time with The Outsiders landing at No. 2 (74K). Fellow country upstart Cole Swindell debuts at No. 3 with his eponymous debut (63K). The Now 49 compilation disconcertingly sticks around for another week, dipping one rung to No. 4 (45K). Beyoncé’s astounding Beyoncé (now with the Soundboart) hangs tough at No. 5 (35K). While most repeat customers slip a slot or two this week, Lorde’s Pure Heroine rises to No. 6 (30K), and Katy Perry’s Prism nabs No. 7 (26K). Bruno Mars still benefits from his Super Bowl gig, with Unorthodox Jukebox coming in at No. 8 (23K). Also, there’s a band called Issues, and they have the No. 9 spot with an album also called Issues. Last but hardly least, Toni Braxton & Babyface grab No. 10 with their frankly awesome Love, Marriage & Divorce (21K).
Happy, at last: Pharrell’s Oscar-nominated Despicable Me 2 song “Happy” is finally No. 1 on the Hot 100. It’s been a hard-fought battle for the track — which also appears on the super-producer’s now-streaming G I R L album — to unseat Katy Perry’s “Dark Horse” after that four-week reign. Mr. Williams here grabs his first ever No. 1 as a lead artist, after big hits with Snoop Dogg, Ludacris, and Robin Thicke. Gotta be the hat.