On the charts: 'Frozen' still rules, Shakira and Johnny Cash bow strong
It’s a big week for debuts on the Billboard album chart—six of the top 10 are new entries—but the unbeatable beast that is Frozen continues its dominance on top.
The soundtrack to the highest-grossing animated film of all time sold another 161,000 copies this week, giving it the top spot on the Billboard 200 for an eighth week—the longest run at the pinnacle for an album since Adele’s 21. It should be hitting the double-platinum plateau soon, and it shows few signs of slowing down, though it’ll need more momentum to match Adele’s mark; she was at the top of the chart for a total of 24 weeks.
The biggest challenger to Frozen‘s throne this week was Shakira, whose self-titled new album debuted at number two on the chart with about 84,000 copies sold. Believe it or not, that is not only the highest debut of Shakira’s career, but it’s also the highest chart position she has ever held in the United States (her previous peak came with 2001’s Laundry Service, which topped out at number three). The kooky video for “Empire” certainly helped her cause (it currently has nearly 14 million plays online), and she continues to be an extremely bankable international star—Shakira was the top-selling album on iTunes in 69 countries.
Johnny Cash took third place this week, with his thought-to-be-lost album Out Among The Stars racking up 54,000 copies sold. The album, originally recorded in 1985 but shelved by Cash’s record company, was discovered by his son in 2012. Cash’s posthumous run on the charts has been pretty stellar, as the mark for Out Among The Stars matches the debut of his previous album American VI: Ain’t No Grave and falls just short of American V: A Hundred Highways‘ chart-topping debut in 2006.
The rest of the top 10 debuts include Texas metalcore mavens Memphis May Fire’s Unconditional (number four, 27,000 copies) Mary Mary member Erica Campbell’s solo debut Help (number six, 23,000), Barry Manilow’s Night Songs (number eight, 22,000), and My Chemical Romance’s post-breakup greatest hits compilation May Death Never Stop You (number nine, 20,000).
Expect next week’s chart to stay relatively static, as this week’s releases don’t appear set to make much noise near the top of the charts. In fact, the next serious challenger to Frozen‘s run seems to be a long way off. Could Future do it? The Black Keys, perhaps?