Disney's 'Frozen'

Disney's 'Frozen'

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The "Frozen" soundtrack should continue to loom large at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart next week -- securing its eighth week atop the list.

Industry sources suggest the album will easily outpace the likely No. 2 album, Shakira's new self-titled set, which was released on Tuesday, March 25. "Shakira" might sell around 70,000 to 75,000 copies by the end of the tracking week on Sunday, March 30. This past week "Frozen" sold 202,000 copies in the week ending March 23 (up 104 percent from the week before) helped in part by  the March 18 release of “Frozen” on DVD and Blu-ray .

The new Billboard 200's top 10 will be revealed on April 2.

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If "Frozen" rules for an eighth week, it will become only the fourth album in the last 10 years to spend at least eight weeks at No. 1. (Adele's "21" spent 24 weeks at No. 1 in 2011 and 2012, Taylor Swift's "Fearless" racked up 11 chart-topping weeks in 2008 and 2009, and Usher's "Confessions" ruled for nine frames in 2004.)

Assuming "Shakira" debuts at No. 2, it will mark the entertainer's highest-charting album yet, surpassing the No. 3 peak of 2001's "Laundry Service."

In total, Shakira has tallied four top 10 albums: "Laundry Service," "Fijacion Oral: Vol. 1" (No. 4 in 2005), "Oral Fixation Vol. 2" (No. 5 in 2005) and "Sale El Sol" (No. 7 in 2010).

Shakira's latest album was led by the single "Can't Remember To Forget You," featuring Rihanna. It has so far peaked at No. 15 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, and at No. 23 on the Pop Songs airplay chart.

Johnny Cash's "Out Among the Stars" will likely follow Shakira with the next-highest new entry, with around 35,000 sales. The album consists of 12 recently rediscovered recordings from between 1981 and 1984. 

Since his death in 2003, Cash has notched three top 10 albums: the greatest hits set "The Legend of Johnny Cash" (No. 5 in 2006), "American V: A Hundred Highways" (his second No. 1, in 2006) and "American VI: Ain't No Grave" (No. 3 in 2010).

Other albums heading for high debuts next week including Memphis May Fire's "Unconditional" (30,000 estimated) and Kari Jobe's "Majestic" (20,000 to 25,000).

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