Chart Moves: 'God's Not Dead' Sales Surge, London Grammar Gains, Karmin's Full-Length Arrives

iTunes Festival at SXSW
London Grammar performs at iTunes Festival at SXSW on March 11, 2014

This week on the Billboard 200 albums chart, the "Frozen" soundtrack sat atop the list for an eighth nonconsecutive week, making it the longest-running No. 1 album since Adele's "21" clocked a 24-week at No. 1 in 2012. The top 10 was sprinkled with six new entries, including Shakira and Johnny Cash at Nos. 2 and 3, respectively.

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

-- Michael W. Smith, "Hymns" - No. 24 - With the No. 24 debut of "Hymns," the veteran artist clocks his highest-charting studio release since 2004's "Healing Rain" debuted and peaked at a career-high No. 11. The new set's CD is exclusive to Cracker Barrel, which amounted to 89 percent of its first week sales (11,000 of its 12,000). (The album was also available as a download.)

-- Karmin, "Pulses" - No. 32 - Nearly three years after signing with Epic Records, the duo sees its first full-length album debut with 10,000. Their first Epic EP, "Hello," debuted and peaked at No. 18 in 2012 with 19,000 sold in its first week. It has sold 101,000 copies.

The new album's single, "I Want It All," recently reached No. 39 on the Mainstream Top 40 airplay chart (known as Pop Songs on
-- Lady Gaga, "ARTPOP" - No. 53 - It's been a busy few weeks for Gaga. The music video for the album's "G.U.Y." premiered March 22 and her seven-night Roseland concert series in New York began on March 28. The album -- which is up by 130 percent -- was also sale priced at Google Play for $3.99. It sold 6,000 in the week ending March 30.

-- Beth Hart and Joe Bonamassa, "Live in Amsterdam" - No. 87 - With the set's start at No. 1 on Blues Albums, Bonamassa extends his record for the most leader's in the chart's 18-year history: 12. For Hart, this is her second No. 1 on the Blues chart, and both are with Bonamassa.

-- London Grammar, "If You Wait" - No. 91 - Released last September, the album debuts on the chart this week following its reissue on March 25 (up 180 percent) with its best sales frame yet (4,000). The band also played ABC's "Jimmy Kimmel Live!" on March 26. The group is also profiting from the buzz generated by its cover of INXS' "Devil Inside," which is heard in trailers for the new season of HBO's "Game of Thrones."

-- Soundtrack, "God's Not Dead" - No. 150 - The film -- which opened in theaters on March 21 -- shares its name with the Newsboys' 2011 album release (which rises 81-48; up 60 percent). The album's title track re-enters Hot Christian Songs at No. 2 (also its June 2012 peak) with 20,000 downloads sold; up 71 percent.

The soundtrack to the movie itself debuts at No. 150, selling 3,000 copies in the week ending March 30 (up 80 percent).

-- Miles Davis, "Miles at the Fillmore: Miles Davis 1970 - The Bootleg Series Vol. 3" - No. 189 - An expanded version of the jazz great's 1970 release "Miles Davis at the Fillmore" (which peaked at No. 123 that year) gives the trumpeter his 30th charting effort, as it debuts at No. 189. On Traditional Jazz Albums, the new "Fillmore" set hits No. 1 -- his first leader on the Jazz chart since 2001.


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