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‘Frozen’ reclaims top Billboard spot this week

‘Frozen’ reclaims top Billboard spot this week

TOP SPOT: The "Frozen" album pushed last week's chart-topper, country singer Eric Church's "The Outsiders" to No. 2 with sales of 74,000 copies. Photo: Associated Press

By Piya Sinha-Roy

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – The soundtrack for Disney’s hit animated film “Frozen” reclaimed the top spot on the weekly Billboard 200 album chart on Wednesday, becoming the first soundtrack in 15 years to notch more than five weeks at No. 1 on the chart.

The “Frozen” soundtrack, which features the Oscar-nominated song “Let It Go,” sold another 89,000 copies last week, according to figures from Nielsen SoundScan.

Since its release in November, the album has sold more than 1.1 million copies and topped Billboard 200 for five non-consecutive weeks.

The Walt Disney Co animated movie about two Nordic princess sisters continues to perform strongly, nearing $1 billion at the worldwide box office.

The last film soundtrack to spend more than five weeks at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 was 1998’s “Titanic,” which featured Celine Dion’s hit “My Heart Will Go On” and held the top spot for 16 consecutive weeks, Billboard said.

The “Frozen” album pushed last week’s chart-topper, country singer Eric Church’s “The Outsiders” to No. 2 with sales of 74,000 copies.

Two new entries cracked the top 10 of the Billboard 200 chart this week. Country artist Cole Swindell landed at No. 3 with his latest self-titled record, while rock group Issues came in at No. 9 with its self-titled album.

Overall album sales for the week ending February 23 totaled 4.8 million units, Billboard said, down 12 percent from the comparable week in 2013.

(Editing by Eric Kelsey and Jonathan Oatis)

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