1. With the movie returning to the top of the box office over the weekend (it's tallied $300 million domestically and more than $600 million worldwide), this marks the first time that a movie and its soundtrack both ranked No. 1 since "The Hunger Games" debuted in the lead spot on both charts in March 2012.
2. This is the second year in a row that a movie soundtrack was No. 1 in the first week of the year. "Les Misérables" was the first No. 1 album of 2013. A movie soundtrack was also on top as the year began in four other years in the Nielsen SoundScan era: 1993 ("The Bodyguard"), 1996 ("Waiting to Exhale"), 2003 ("8 Mile") and 2007 ("Dreamgirls"). ("Titanic" hit No. 1 in the second week of 1998.)
4. "Frozen" is the fifth soundtrack to an animated movie to reach No. 1. It follows "Cinderella" (two weeks at No. 1 in 1950), "The Lion King" (10 weeks in 1994-1995), "Pocahontas" (one week in 1995) and Jack Johnson's "Curious George" (one week in 2006). "Cinderella," "The Lion King," and "Pocahontas" each spawned one or more Oscar-nominated songs. Look for "Frozen" to follow suit. "Let It Go," the movie's power ballad, is up for a Golden Globe this weekend and is almost certain to be in the running for Best Song when the Oscar nominations are announced Jan. 16. Two versions of the song are climbing the Hot 100. Idina Menzel's version ranked No. 32 last week. Demi Lovato's version was No. 43.
5. "Frozen" sold 133K digital copies, which also puts it at No. 1 on Top Digital Albums. The album is also No. 1 on Top Soundtracks for the sixth week.
Elsewhere on the charts:
"Beyoncé" has been especially strong in the digital realm. The album tops the 1 million mark in digital sales this week. This is by far the fastest that any album has sold 1M digital copies. The old record was held by Adele's 21, which took 20 weeks to achieve the feat. "Beyoncé" is the ninth album to sell 1 million digital copies. It's the first by an African American or R&B artist.
Luke Bryan's "Crash My Party" rebounds from No. 14 to No. 7. It returns to No. 1 on Top Country Albums after a nine-week absence. This is its eighth week on top. That's the longest run by a male solo artist since Jason Aldean's "My Kinda Party" spent 12 weeks on top in 2011.
Imagine Dragons's "Night Visions" dips from No. 9 to No. 10. It has now appeared in the Top 10 in three calendar years, a neat trick.
One Direction's "Midnight Memories" drops from No. 2 to No. 6 in its sixth week (45K). It has been in the top 10 the entire time … Luke Bryan's "Crash My Party" rebounds from No. 14 to No. 7 in its 21st week (43K). This is its 13th week in the top 10 … OneRepublic's "Native" rebounds from No. 19 to No. 8 in its 41st week (35K). This is its second week in the Top 10 …"Now 48" rebounds from No. 12 to No. 9 in its eighth week (34K). This is its fourth week in the Top 10 … Imagine Dragons's "Night Visions" dips from No. 9 to No. 10 in its 70th week (31K). This is its 21st week in the top 10.
Three albums drop out of the Top 10 this week. Garth Brooks's "Blame it All On My Roots: Five Decades Of Influences" drops from No. 6 to No. 14. Miley Cyrus's "Bangerz" drops from No. 8 to No. 13. With the holidays over, Kelly Clarkson's "Wrapped in Red" tumbles from No. 10 to No. 64.
Two soundtracks to big Christmas movies move up this week. "Inside Llewyn Davis" leaps from No. 48 to No. 23 in its fourth week. "The Secret Life of Walter Mitty" vaults from No. 123 to No. 30 in its second week.
One Direction's "Up All Night" drops from No. 60 to No. 70 in its 92nd week. It moves up to No. 1 on Top Catalog Albums. It's the boy band's first No. 1 on this chart.
Ellie Goulding's "Halcyon" rebounds from No. 137 to No. 107 in its 54th chart week. The album debuted and peaked at No. 9 in October 2012. The album finally reaches No. 1 on the U.K.'s Albums Chart this week. It's her second No. 1 in her home country.
Coming Attractions: Look for Kid Ink's "My Own Lane" and John Newman's "Tribute" to be among next week's top new album entries.
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