News

‘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)

Recent Headlines

in Local Sports

Graham Trucking takes the Albert Lee Appliance Cup title despite finishing 2nd

Fresh
J. Michael Kelly drives the Graham Trucking H1 Unlimited Hydroplane boat to a first place finish on Lake Washington, Sunday, Aug. 3, 2014, in Seattle, in the Albert Lee Appliance Seafair Cup in the annual Seafair hydroplane races. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

J. Michael Kelly, the driver of the Graham Trucking hydroplane, was awarded the Albert Lee Appliance Cup title despite finishing in second place behind Jimmy Shane and the Oh Boy! Oberto! boat.

in Entertainment, Sports

Ronda Rousey biopic in the works

rrousey

Paramount executives have picked up the rights to the 28-year-old's autobiography.

in Sports

Daily fantasy sports land in gambling industry crosshairs

yahoofantasy

Each year millions of Americans draft virtual sports teams online and enter real-money competitions that last only a few hours.

in Local Sports

DeSean Jackson says no one can stop him not even Darrelle Revis or Richard Sherman

washingtoncamp

"I don't think no on can guard me. It's how I feel about myself. I don't feel no one can stop me. You can get Darrelle Revis, Richard Sherman - whoever you want to get."

in Sports

Judge: St. Louis residents don’t need vote on stadium funds

In this Sept. 26, 2013 file photo, fans watch during the third quarter of an NFL football game between the St. Louis Rams and the San Francisco 49ers at the Edward Jones Dome in St. Louis. Pro football may have a firm foothold as America’s game, but in baseball-mad St. Louis the NFL is decidedly second fiddle. The St. Louis Cardinals can anticipate a red army at Busch Stadium for Game 5 of the World Series. Eight blocks away at the antiseptic Edward Jones Dome, the Monday Night Football matchup between the struggling St. Louis Rams and the Seattle Seahawks will likely feature a backdrop of thousands of empty seats.

The St. Louis Rams play in the Edward Jones Dome, which is outdated by NFL standards. The team is weighing a move to Los Angeles