By Michael Gioia
09 Jan 2014
The soundtrack, featuring eight original songs from husband-and-wife songwriters Kristen Anderson-Lopez ("Winnie the Pooh") and Tony Award winner Robert Lopez (Avenue Q, The Book of Mormon) and a score by Christophe Beck ("Paperman," "The Muppets"), bumps Beyoncé's self-titled album from the No. 1 position to No. 2 in its fourth chart week.
According to Billboard, "Frozen" is the fourth animated film soundtrack to reach No. 1 in the chart's 58-year history (following Jack Johnson's "Curious George" in 2006, and Disney's "Pocahontas" in 1995 and "The Lion King" in 1994) and the first soundtrack to reach No. 1 in a year, since "Les Misérables" rose to No. 1 on the Jan. 19, 2013, chart.
The soundtrack has grown in sales every week since its debut at No. 18 on the Dec. 14, 2013, chart. Its cumulative sales have passed the half-million mark bringing its total to $503,000.
Directed by Chris Buck ("Tarzan," "Surf's Up") and Jennifer Lee (screenwriter "Wreck-It Ralph") from a screenplay by Lee, the voice cast of the film features Bell ("Forgetting Sarah Marshall," The Crucible), Menzel (Wicked, If/Then), Groff (Spring Awakening), Tony Award nominees Josh Gad (The Book of Mormon) and Santino Fontana (Cinderella), Alan Tudyk (Prelude to a Kiss) and Ciarán Hinds (Cat on a Hot Tin Roof).
"The music elevates and propels this storytelling," said Del Vecho in an earlier statement. "The songwriters Kristen and Bobby participated in the creation of the story. We met with them for two hours each day via video conference while we were building our plot — not necessarily about the songs, but about the characters: who they are, how they think, what they want. Each song enhances and expands the story in a way that fully engages the audience in this world."
A track list for the film soundtrack follows:
“Frozen” Heart - Cast
“Do You Want to Build a Snowman?” - Kristen Bell, Agatha Lee Monn and
“For the First Time in Forever” - Kristen Bell and Idina Menzel
“Love Is an Open Door” - Kristen Bell and Santino Fontana
“Let It Go” - Idina Menzel
“Reindeer(s) Are Better Than People” - Jonathan Groff
“In Summer” - Josh Gad
“For the First Time in Forever” (Reprise) - Kristen Bell and Idina Menzel
“Fixer Upper” - Maia Wilson and Cast
“Let It Go” (Demi Lovato Version) - Demi Lovato
Vuelie (Featuring Cantus) - Score
Elsa and Anna - Score
The Trolls - Score
Coronation Day - Score
Heimr Àrnadalr - Score
Winter’s Waltz - Score
Sorcery - Score
Royal Pursuit - Score
Onward and Upward - Score
Wolves - Score
The North Mountain - Score
We Were So Close - Score
Marshmallow Attack! - Score
Conceal, Don’t Feel - Score
Only An Act of True Love - Score
Summit Siege - Score
Return to Arendelle - Score
Treason - Score
Some People Are Worth Melting For - Score
Whiteout - Score
The Great Thaw (Vuelie Reprise) - Score
Epilogue - Score
Here's how the film, produced by Peter Del Vecho, is described: "Fearless optimist Anna (voice of Bell) sets off on an epic journey—teaming up with rugged mountain man Kristoff (voice of Groff) and his loyal reindeer Sven—to find her sister Elsa (voice of Menzel), whose icy powers have trapped the kingdom of Arendelle in eternal winter. Encountering Everest-like conditions, mystical trolls and a hilarious snowman named Olaf (voice of Gad), Anna and Kristoff battle the elements in a race to save the kingdom."
The Playbill.com exclusive first look at "Frozen," featuring the voices of Bell, Groff, Gad and Menzel, is below and includes "First Time in Forever," an original song penned by Lopez and Anderson-Lopez.
For more information, visit Disney.com/Frozen.
Watch the first look below: