Charts: Can Anything Stop 'Frozen''s Reign?

The soundtrack spends a 10th week at No. 1, while the next likely new chart-topper is three weeks away

The unstoppable soundtrack to Disney's "Frozen" continues its run atop the Billboard 200 as it clocks a 10th nonconsecutive week at No. 1. The set sold 133,000 copies in the week ending April 13, according to Nielsen SoundScan. That's down 11 percent compared with the previous week, when it sold 149,000 at No. 1.

The album's cumulative sales also climb past the 2 million mark, as its additional haul of 133,000 copies brings its total to 2.1 million.

"Frozen" is now one of just 11 albums to spend at least 10 weeks at No. 1 since the Billboard 200 started using SoundScan's point-of-sale data, on May 25, 1991. Four of those albums are also soundtracks: "Frozen," Whitney Houston's "The Bodyguard" (20 weeks at No. 1), "Titanic" (16 weeks) and "The Lion King" (10 weeks).

In addition, "Frozen" now ties "The Lion King" for the most weeks at No. 1 for an animated film soundtrack.

An 11th week at No. 1 seems like a lock, as industry forecasters say a robust sales week is in store for "Frozen." Its sales will get a boost from the Easter holiday (which falls on April 20, the last day of the sales week) as parents and families purchase gifts suitable for Easter baskets.

Also helping matters: "Frozen" is now stocked at Starbucks stores, as of April 15. (It's only a matter of time before there's a "Frozen"-themed drink on the menu.)

So far, the album's biggest sales frame was logged the week ending March 23, when it scanned 202,000 copies. Its sales were bolstered by the home video release of the film on DVD and Blu-ray.

In other "Frozen" news, the karaoke version of the soundtrack -- as part of the Disney Karaoke series -- arrived April 15 and is doing solid business. Sources say it could sell around 10,000 copies in the week ending April 20 -- an unusually high figure for a karaoke album. The last time such a release sold more than 10,000 copies in a week was the week ending Dec. 22, 2013, when "Tween Hits" from the "Party Tyme Karaoke" series sold more than 10,000.

Can anything stop "Frozen"'s reign at No. 1 in the coming weeks? Sources say the next likely new album that could bump it from the top slot is Hunter Hayes' "Storyline" or the "Now 50" compilation -- both of which are due May 6. That means "Frozen" could ultimately rack up 13 weeks at No. 1 -- if Hayes and "Now 50" are the only titles that could possibly outsell it in the coming weeks (barring any out-of-the-blue Beyonce-like surprise albums).

After Hayes, the next likely No. 1 albums are The Black Keys' "Turn Blue" (May 13) and Coldplay's "Ghost Stories" (May 19). The Keys' early sales forecast is around 200,000, while Coldplay's should be larger. It's doubtful that "Ghost Stories" will start as strong as its last album, "Mylo Xyloto," in 2011. It launched with 447,000.

Notably absent from the May release calendar are the latest studio projects from Lil Wayne, Mariah Carey and Chris Brown. The three artists had been aiming to release their newest albums in May, but none of them have announced official release dates.


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