Chart Moves: Kylie Minogue and George Michael Debut, the War On Drugs' 'Dream' Arrives

Kylie Minogue

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This week on the Billboard 200 albums chart, the "Frozen" soundtrack sat atop the list for a seventh nonconsecutive week, selling 202,000 copies in the week ending March 23, according to Nielsen SoundScan. That's the album's biggest sales week yet, owed to the promotion and publicity tied to the movie's release on DVD and blu-ray on March 18.

Outside the top 10, there were a number of movers and shakers -- let's take a closer look at some of them:

-- The War On Drugs, "Lost In the Dream" - No. 26 - The rock band's third studio set becomes its first to chart on the Billboard 200, as it arrives at No. 26 with 14,000 sold. The act previously charted on both the Heatseekers Albums and Independent Albums chart with its second set, 2011's "Slave Ambient." The new album's first-week sales was driven largely by downloads (49 percent) and vinyl LPs (26 percent).

-- Kylie Minogue, "Kiss Me Once" - No. 31 - The pop princess returns with her latest studio album, "Kiss Me Once," debuting at No. 31 with 12,000 sold. It's her first studio effort after parting ways with her longtime manager Terry Blamey and signing with Roc Nation management. It's also her first release with Warner Bros. Records, after her label, Parlophone, was acquired by Warner Music Group last year.

Minogue's previous studio album, 2010's "Aphrodite," debuted and peaked at No. 19 with 18,000 sold in its first week. 

-- St. Paul & the Broken Bones, "Half the City" - No. 56 - A 7-minute long feature on NPR's Morning Edition (March 20) prompts a whopping 365% gain for the album, as it re-enters at No. 56 with 6,000 sold. The band, fronted by Paul Janeway, also collects it best sales week and chart position yet, surpassing the album's 5,000 debut frame at No. 62 back in February.

-- George Michael, "Symphonica" - No. 60 - The veteran pop star collects his tenth charting album, as his first release for Island Records bows at No. 60 with 6,000 sold. The live album is also the final work produced by the late Phil Ramone, who died on March 30, 2013. The set mostly consists of covers other artist's work, but does include a couple of familiar Michael tunes (like "One More Try"). Michael last charted in 2008, when two different versions of his greatest hits album "TwentyFive" charted.

-- Matt Maher, "And the People Said Amen" - No. 88 - Maher's album earns the chart's largest positional increase this week (up 77 spots), thanks to sale pricing at Family Christian stores. The album, discounted to $5, zooms from No. 165 to No. 88, selling 4,000 copies (up 66 percent).

-- Juanes, "Loco de Amor" - No. 150 - The largest fall -- by position -- this week is owned by the Latin star's latest release. It tumbles 114 rungs from No. 36 to No. 150 (3,000 sold; down 69 percent).

-- Elvis Presley, "Elvis: Recorded Live On Stage In Memphis" - No. 185 - The King of Rock & Roll's latest release becomes his 130th charting title, as it debuts at No. 185 with a little over 2,000 sold. It extends his record for the most appearances in the chart's history. Frank Sinatra ranks second with 82 entries.

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