First! For only the fourth time since the Billboard 200 chart went weekly in 1956, a cartoon movie’s soundtrack is the biggest selling album in the land. The film is Disney’s Frozen, and its musical accompaniment has accomplished the rare feat of growing in sales every week that it’s been out. The thing started in mid-December at No. 18 and is now No. 1 with an additional 165,000 sold, for a four-week total of half a million. Interestingly, the last soundtrack to hit No. 1 came from Les Misérables exactly one year ago. That’s because the first weekend of the new year is a big one for moviegoers, and Frozen topped U.S. and Canuck box offices in that most recent frame, earning $238 million. In all of the top 20, this soundtrack is the only release to post gains. Album sales are down 43 percent from the preceding week now that all the gift cards are spent.
2 to 10: Which means the rest of the top 10 is snoozeville — just the remnants of people catching up with The Big Records that came out last year (if only they’d use SPIN’s 50 Best Albums of 2013 as their guide). Happily, Beyoncé’s stunning Beyoncé slides just one slot to No. 2, selling 130K — that’s 1.43M total, a number that’s not only pager code for “I love you” (aww) but which surpasses the total sales of Bey’s 4, which has done 1.39M. No. 3 is still owned by Eminem’s The Marshall Mathers LP 2 (55K), and Katy Perry’s Prism climbs a notch to No. 4 (51K). Lorde’s Pure Heroine also rises, from No. 7 to No. 5, with a 40 percent sales drop that beats the spread (46K). One Direction’s Midnight Memories drops four spots to No. 6 (45K). Up from No. 14 is Luke Bryan with Crash My Party (43K) at No. 7, while OneRepublic’s Native leaps from No. 19 to No. 8 (43K). The Now 48 compilation makes an ignominious return to No. 9 (34K) and Imagine Dragons’ Night Visions gets close to leaving us again (whew) at No. 10 (31K).
King for a Lifetime: Since there’s not much new happening, why not talk about something old? In honor of the Elvis Presley’s January 8 birthday — he would have been 79 — Billboard has compiled a breakdown of the man’s many chart achievements. Most impressively, the King still has the most No. 1 albums ever: 129. Elvis Presley’s first No. 1 album (and his second) arrived in the aforementioned 1956. Frank Sinatra is at No. 2 with a paltry 82 albums.
Fools for a Week: Well, the numbers have been tallied and shame on us, America. Pitbull and Ke$ha have the hottest song in the country. After a four-week freeze-out finding the two party pros huddling for warmth at No. 2, their “Timber” takes No. 1. The country-kissed EDM disaster managed 301K downloads last week (and that number was down 32 percent) and — ugh — 5.3M streams. Silver lining: this is only Pitbull’s second No. 1.