LOS ANGELES, April 9 "Frozen," the soundtrack to
Disney's $1 billion grossing animated film, spent its
fourth consecutive week atop the Billboard 200 album chart on
Wednesday, edging Australian pop rock band 5 Seconds of Summer
for the top spot.
"Frozen," which has ridden the popularity of the film and
its hit song "Let It Go" by Broadway actress Idina Menzel, sold
149,000 copies last week to reach 1.9 million in U.S. sales
since its release in November 2013, according to figures
compiled by Nielsen SoundScan.
It is 2014's biggest-selling album so far with about 1.6
million copies sold this year.
"She Looks So Perfect," an EP (extended play) from 5 Seconds
of Summer, sold 143,000 copies in its opening week. The Aussie
quartet, which developed a strong following on YouTube, gained
international exposure as the opening act of popular boy band
Album "La Gargola" from rock group Chevelle entered the
chart at No. 3 with 45,000 in sales and singer-songwriter
Christina Perri's "Head or Heart" debuted at No. 4 with 40,000
Other new releases in the top 10 include country duo Dan +
Shay's debut album "Where It All Began" at No. 6 with 29,000 in
sales and bluegrass group Nickel Creek's "A Dotted Line" at No.
7 with 27,000 in sales.
Last week's No. 2 album, the self-titled release from
Colombian pop star Shakira, fell to fifth with 29,000 in sales,
a 66 percent drop.
Singer-producer Pharrell Williams' song "Happy," which is
from the soundtrack to the animated film "Despicable Me 2," was
again atop the digital songs chart with 284,000 downloads in the
Overall album sales for the past week totaled 4.9 million, a
14 percent decline from the same week last year. Album sales so
far in 2014 total 66.6 million, a 16 percent decline from the
same period last year.
(Reporting by Eric Kelsey; Editing by Patricia Reaney and Lisa