Charts: 'Frozen' Meets Adele, As Shakira Takes No. 2

The 2014 winter storm known as 'Frozen; still pummels the top slot with longest-running No. 1 since Adele's '21'

Disney's "Frozen" soundtrack re-fuses to release its icy grip on the No. 1 slot on the Billboard 200, as the album spends its eighth nonconsecutive week atop the list. It has now spent more weeks at No. 1 than any album since Adele's "21" closed out a 24-week run at No. 1 in 2012.

"Frozen" sold another 161,000 copies in the week ending March 30, according to Nielsen SoundScan -- down 20 percent compared with the week previous.

Since SoundScan -- and its point-of-sale data -- began powering the Billboard 200 in 1991, "Frozen" is just the 20th album to spend at least eight weeks at No. 1. In that span of time, "21" has ruled the longest, followed by Whitney Houston's "The Bodyguard" soundtrack (with 20 weeks at No. 1) and Garth Brooks' "Ropin' the Wind" (with 18).

Adele's mega-selling "21" (10.9 million and counting) spent its first week at No. 1 on the chart dated March 12, 2011 and its 24th week in the penthouse over a year later, on June 23, 2012.

"Frozen" has now sold 1.8 million copies, with 1.5 million of those sold in 2014. It's by far the biggest-selling album of this year. The No. 2 seller is Beyonce's self-titled album, having sold 604,000 in 2014 (out of its 1.9 million total, as it was released in 2013).

At No. 2 on the Billboard 200 is Shakira with her self-titled set, which starts with 84,000 sold. It's her highest-charting album ever, surpassing the No. 3 peak of 2001's "Laundry Service." On the other hand, Shakira notches her lowest sales start of all her English-language studio albums. It dips below the bow of 2009's "She Wolf," which launched at No. 15 with 89,000 in the thick of the Christmas shopping season. While the "Voice" coach is quite visible on TV, thanks to her role on the hit NBC show, she has had trouble capturing an airplay hit. The new album's lead single, "Can't Remember to Forget You," featuring Rihanna, stalled at No. 23 on the Mainstream Top 40 chart. Shakira last visited the top 10 with her monster hit "Hips Don't Lie," which spent seven weeks at No. 1 in 2006.

Australian pop/rock band 5 Seconds of Summer is looking to heat up the top of the Billboard 200 with its debut EP, "She Looks So Perfect." The set, released April 1, could sell between 130,000 and 140,000 copies in the week ending April 6, according to industry forecasters. That could challenge the Frozen soundtrack for No. 1 on the Billboard 200 dated April 19, since EPs chart alongside albums on the Billboard 200. (While Billboard will not publish an issue for that chart, visit Billboard.com on April 9 to find out who tops that week's list.)

Five Seconds of Summer is the latest act to gain chart traction from an EP, which has become a common sight on the charts in recent years. While Billboard doesn't have a rule regarding what is defined as an EP, the requirement to be considered an album is that a title must have at least four different songs. (In turn, titles are generally designated as an EP on the charts if the title includes that descriptor on the product.) In 2013, 82 EPs debuted on the Billboard 200 - 7.2 percent of the 1,142 titles that debuted in total. That number was a tremendous increase from 10 years earlier, when just 18 EPs hit the chart in 2003 (2.2 percent of the 802 total debuts).


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