'Frozen' Aiming for 10th Week Atop Billboard 200
Disney's "Frozen" movie soundtrack is about to enter rare air on the Billboard 200 chart.
The hit soundtrack, which has spent nine nonconsecutive weeks at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart, is heading for a 10th week atop the list -- so suggest industry forecasters.
Since Nielsen SoundScan's point-of-sale data began powering the Billboard 200 chart's rankings on May 25, 1991, only 10 albums have spent at least 10 weeks at No. 1. The last to do so was Adele's "21," which ruled for 24 nonconsecutive weeks in 2011 and 2012.
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(In the 58-year history of the Billboard 200, a total of 69 albums have spent 10 or more weeks at No. 1.)
While it's too early to tell just how many copies "Frozen" will sell in the week ending Sunday, April 13, those in the know say it will be miles ahead of all other titles on the chart.
In the most recent tracking frame, which ended on April 6, the album sold 149,000 copies in its ninth week at No. 1. It would seem likely for the set to sell more than 100,000 in the week ending April 13.
The new Billboard 200's top 10 will be revealed on Wednesday, April 16.
The last soundtrack to spend at least 10 weeks at No. 1 was "Titanic," which sailed atop the list for 16 straight weeks in 1998. If "Frozen" chills for a 10th week at No. 1, it will tie Disney's "The Lion King" as the longest-running No. 1 animated film soundtrack. "The Lion King" roared at No. 1 for 10 nonconsecutive weeks in 1994 and 1995.
Next week's Billboard 200 chart won't likely see a new No. 1, but there could be some notable debuts in the top 10. Rock band Black Label Society's "Catacombs of the Black Vatican" might sell 25,000 to 30,000 to debut in the top 10, while singer SoMo may start with around 25,000 of his self-titled album. MercyMe's new "Welcome to the New" could sell 20,000 or so, as could Martina McBride's covers album "Everlasting."