Chart Moves: 'Pitch Perfect' Hits 1 Million in Sales, John Newman's Album Debuts in Top 30 and American Authors 'Day' Dawns

John Newman

This week on the Billboard 200 albums chart, the soundtrack to Disney's "Frozen" held firm to the No. 1 slot, while Kid Ink took advantage of a sleepy chart week to nab a high debut at No. 3. "Frozen" sold.

As usual, there were a number of movers and shakers outside of the top two positions on the chart this week. Let's take a look at some of them...

-- Billie Joe & Norah, "Foreverly" (No. 19): Billie Joe Armonstrong and Norah Jones' tribute set -- covering the Everly Brothers' 1958 album "Songs Our Daddy Taught Us" -- rises to its highest chart position yet, climbing 33-19 with 12,000 (up 10%). The ascension comes shortly after the death of the Everly Brothers' Phil Everly on January 3.

-- Arctic Monkeys, "AM" (No. 23): The band is flirting with its first No. 1 on the Alternative airplay chart, where the album's "Do I Wanna Know?" rises 3-2 after spending six weeks stuck at No. 3. The new album has sold 197,000 -- far more than the 92,000 sold of their last set, 2011's "Suck It And See."

-- John Newman, "Tribute" (No. 24): The singer's soulful single "Love Me Again" continues to rise on the Mainstream Top 40 chart, climbing 20-18 this week with a 13% in detections, according to Nielsen BDS. Meanwhile, on the Billboard 200, the British artist's first album enters at No. 24 with 10,000 sold.

-- Soundtrack, "Pitch Perfect" (No. 56): In the final week of December, the soundtrack reached 1 million in sales. It's the first million-selling theatrical film soundtrack since "Michael Jackson's This Is It" moved a million in December of 2009.


-- Demi Lovato, "Demi" (No. 126): While the album's single "Neon Lights" brightens up the Mainstream Top 40 chart (moving up 30-24 this week), the album dips 66-126 with a 53% decline in sales. However, it is selling faster than her last release. In "Demi's" first 35 weeks on sale, it has sold 334,000 copies -- more than what 2011's "Unbroken" did in its first 35 frames (310,000).

-- Colton Dixon, "A Messenger" (No. 132): Colton Dixon re-enters the chart (up 389%) for the first time since May of 2013, thanks to sales of this album at venues along the Winter Jam Tour 2014. Other acts on the trek profit from the tour, like Lecrae (No. 101; up 28%) and newsboys (with two titles on the chart seeing big gains: Nos. 166 and 185; up more than 100% each).

-- American Authors, "American Authors" (EP) (No. 174): As the album's oft-heard-in-TV-commercials single "Best Day of My Life" starts to take off on pop radio (rising 36-33 on Mainstream Top 40 this week), the set makes a belated debut on the Billboard 200 -- 20 weeks after it was released.