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‘Frozen’ melts sales records

LOS ANGELES - The soundtrack for Disney’s hit animated film “Frozen” reclaimed the top spot on the weekly Billboard 200 album chart on Wednesday, becoming the first soundtrack in 15 years to notch more than five weeks at No. 1.

The “Frozen” soundtrack, which features the Oscar-nominated song “Let It Go,” sold another 89,000 copies last week, according to figures from Nielsen SoundScan.

Since its release in November, the album has sold more than 1.1 million copies, and topped the Billboard 200 for five non-consecutive weeks.

The Walt Disney animated movie about two Nordic royals, who are sisters, continues to perform strongly, nearing $1 billion at the worldwide box office.

The last film soundtrack to spend more than five weeks at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 was 1998’s “Titanic,” which featured Celine Dion’s hit “My Heart Will Go On” and held the top spot for 16 consecutive weeks, Billboard said.

Three other soundtracks have spent at least five weeks at No. 1 since Billboard began tracking sales with SoundScan in 1991: “Waiting to Exhale,” “The Lion King” and “The Bodyguard,” which racked up 20 weeks atop the chart in 1992 and 1993.

The “Frozen” album pushed last week’s chart-topper, country singer Eric Church’s “The Outsiders” to No. 2 with sales of 74,000 copies.

Two new entries cracked the top 10 of the Billboard 200 chart this week. Country artist Cole Swindell landed at No. 3 with his latest self-titled record, while rock group Issues came in at No. 9 with its self-titled album.

Overall album sales for the week ending Feb. 23 totalled 4.8 million units, Billboard said, down 12 percent from the comparable week in 2013.

Reuters

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