Who Bumped Disney's "Frozen" Soundtrack from Its Perch Atop Billboard 200?

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15 May 2014

After 13 nonconsecutive weeks, the soundtrack to the Oscar-winning movie "Frozen" — Disney's 3-D animated film that features the voices of Tony Award winner Idina Menzel, Tony nominee Jonathan Groff and stage and screen actress Kristen Bell — has been bumped from the No. 1 slot on the Billboard 200, according to Nielsen SoundScan.

"Now 50" debuted at No. 1 with 153,000 copies sold in the week ending May 11, and after seven straight weeks of sales exceeding 100,000, "Frozen" takes the No. 2 slot with 99,000 (down 7 percent).

"Now 50" is the 50th installment of the long-running "Now That's What I Call Music!" series, which launched in 1998. It's the 18th No. 1 for the "Now" franchise and its best sales week in nearly five years. Following "Frozen" is Hunter Hayes' second album, "Storyline," which takes No. 3 with 69,000. 

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On March 30, Walt Disney Studios announced that "Frozen" became the highest grossing animated film of all time. "Frozen" is the first billion-dollar film for Walt Disney Animation Studios and its first film to receive the Academy Award for Best Animated Feature.



"Frozen" opened wide domestically Nov. 27, 2013, posting the No. 1 Thanksgiving debut ($93.6 million five-day, $67.4 million three-day) and Walt Disney Animation Studios' biggest opening. It remained in the top ten films at the domestic box office for 16 consecutive weeks, the longest run by any film since 2002.

On the same day it won two Academy Awards, including Best Animated Feature and Best Original Song (Robert and Kristen-Anderson Lopez for "Let It Go"), "Frozen," Walt Disney Animation Studios' 53rd feature film, crossed the $1 billion mark at the worldwide box office.

Read the Playbill.com feature with songwriting collaborators Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez, who won their first Oscar, making Robert Lopez the youngest EGOT (Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony Award winner)

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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 film uses original songs by husband-and-wife songwriters Robert Lopez (The Book of Mormon, Avenue Q) and Kristen Anderson-Lopez as well as an original score composed by Christophe Beck ("The Muppets").

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."

Additionally, Disney has released a multi-language version of the film's hit song "Let It Go," which can be seen below.