Disney's 'Frozen' Soundtrack Hits Top 10 on Billboard 200 Chart
The new animated musical succeeds with songs from Demi Lovato, Idina Menzel.
The soundtrack to Disney's "Frozen" joins an elite group of albums this week, as the set jumps from No. 11 to No. 10 on the Billboard 200 chart.
It's only the 10th soundtrack from an animated feature film to reach the top 10, and the first since Disney/Pixar's "Cars" in 2006 (it peaked at No. 6). This week "Frozen" sold 56,000 copies (up 10% from last week) according to Nielsen SoundScan, while it has shifted 150,000 to date.
In total, of the 10 animated soundtracks to reach the top 10, six of them are from Disney. Previously, the company collected top 10 sets with "Aladdin" (No. 6 in 1993), "The Lion King" (No. 1 in 1994), "Pocahontas" (No. 1 in 1995), "Tarzan" (No. 5) in 1999 and "Cars" (No. 6 in 2006).
The other four non-Disney animated movies to reach the top 10 are "Pokemon: The First Movie" (No. 8 in 1999), "Shrek 2" (No. 8 in 2004), "Curious George" (by Jack Johnson, No. 1 in 2006) and the animated/live action "Space Jam" (No. 2 in 1997).
Billboard began publishing a weekly pop albums chart on a consistent basis in 1956. Before that, we produced album charts irregularly from 1945 to 1954. During that time, the storybook albums to the Disney animated films "Cinderella" and "Alice in Wonderland" both reached the top 10 [peaking at Nos. 1 and 8, respectively]. As they mostly consist of dialogue and story narration -- though both include some music -- they aren't traditional soundtracks, but some could consider them as such.
The "Frozen" soundtrack features 11 songs from the film, along with the score by Christophe Beck. Among the tunes are numbers by cast members Jonathan Groff, Idina Menzel and Kristen Bell, with an additional cut by Demi Lovato.
One of the tracks, "Let It Go," is in contention for a nomination in the Original Song category at the upcoming Academy Awards.
The well-reviewed film (which has an 89% fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes as of Dec. 18), was the second-highest grossing movie at the U.S. and Canada box office over the Dec. 13-15 weekend and has earned $164.8 million to date, according to Box Office Mojo.