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As though dominating the box office wasn’t enough for Disney’s Frozen, the animated musical is also tearing it up on the Billboard Top 200. It's likely that plenty of satisfied Frozen fans are leaving the theaters humming the catchy tunes featured in the film, "Let it Go," "Do You Want To Build A Snowman" and "In Summer" among them. If that’s the case, they may have been just as inclined to purchase the soundtrack, which would have contributed to Frozen climbing to the top of Billboard's album chart.
USA Today posted the news, citing Nielsen SoundScan and stating that Frozen’s soundtrack jumped from No. 4 to No. 1 among the top albums for the week ending January 5. So why the jump? Has this recent bit of cold weather (for states that experience winter, anyway) prompted people to pick up the album and put Olaf’s "In Summer" on repeat? USA Today actually lists a couple of potential contributing factors, none of which involve cold weather. The first is that Beyonce’s sales dropped 58% since her recent album’s release, which surely would've made it difficult for the album to hold the top spot on the list. And then there’s the fact that there weren’t many album releases in the last week, which may have given Frozen a bit of an edge to jump a few spots on Billboard’s list, not only passing One Direction’s Midnight Memories and Eminem’s The Marshall Mathers LP 2 but also unseating Beyonce.
Lack of stronger competition can just as likely be attributed to Frozen topping the Box Office last weekend as well, but given that the film is well over a month old and still raking in box office dollars, we need to give credit where credit is due. Frozen is hot. And winning the weekend box office more than a month after its release is one thing, but an animated film’s soundtrack topping Billboard’s album chart isn’t something that happens often. In fact, USA Today says it’s only happened three other times, with Jack Johnson’s Curious George, Disney’s Pocahontas and — of course — The Lion King.
Last I checked, Beyonce still has the top spot over on iTunes, but that may be adjusting eventually too. Frozen's at No. 1 on Amazon's list.
Disney Animation has released videos showing the full sequence for two of the songs off the soundtrack. The powerful and moving Idina Menzel sung "Let It Go" sequence has already surpassed 31 million views on Youtube. Watch it below:
Just FYI, the cold bothers me a lot. I’m with Olaf in daydreaming about summer…
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