Folks, Frozen (Soundtrack) is clearly unstoppable. This week, it’s 13th nonconsecutive week at no. 1 according to Billboard, the soundtrack was the only album to sell more than 100,000 copies. That’s right, go ahead and do your best Lucille Ball impression as she says “ewww”. Billboard also goes into great detail about the elite company the Frozen soundtrack falls into, reaching yet another week on top. While Frozen is arguably the most notable album of the year (even though it arrived back in 2013), there were actually several new albums that graced the Billboard 200 Albums top ten. The problem though is I was unfamiliar with most of ‘em.
Lindsey Stirling did the best, debuting at no. 2 with 56,000 copies solid of Shatter Me. A ‘classical crossover’ artist, the violinist pulls off an incredible feat debuting so loftily. Ray LaMontagne was a familiar name, though I have never listened to any of his albums – don’t judge me! LaMontagne sells 40,000 copies of Supernova his latest, but those numbers are a downgrade from his previous LP. Passion’s live Christian album Take It All gives the top ten another religious offering, selling 30,000 copies good enough for a no. 4 bow. Timeflies, another act I know little about personally, bow at no. 8 selling 20,000 copies of After Hours. Whitechapel, the final new offering in the top ten, drops at no. 10 with 16,000 copies sold of Our Endless War. So many new albums, yet none are game changers commercially. Albums that remained in the top ten last week included The New Classic (Iggy Azalea), G I R L (Pharrell Williams), Honest (Future), and Crash My Party (Luke Bryan).
On the Billboard Hot 100, John Legend has finally landed the first no. 1 single of his career with “All Of Me”. Personally, I never thought Legend would be sitting at the top of a pop dominated singles chart, particularly when his claim-to-fame piano ballad “Ordinary People” came nowhere close to the top. Kudos though, by all means – Legend is the man. Also making waves is a song that won’t get out of my head: “Problem” courtesy of Ariana Grande who gets an assist from “Lady Patra” herself, Iggy Azalea. A no. 3 bow on the Hot 100 is pretty awesome.
Next week, the chart should also have some newbies as well. With new releases from Hunter Hayes (Storyline), Carlos Santana (Corazon), Tech N9ne (Strangeulation), and Lykke Li (I Never Learn) among many others, surely someone can put up some respectable numbers. Come on Hunter, we (the music industry) needs you!