‘Frozen’ Soundtrack Keeps No. 1 Chart Spot

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In a week of huge bounces for some Grammy Awards winners and performers, the soundtrack album for “Frozen” prevailed at No. 1 on the U.S. album chart for a fourth non-consecutive stanza.

Disney’s animated tuner held at the top with sales of 94,000 (up just 1%), according to Nielsen SoundScan data for the week ending Feb. 2. The pic has raked in $360.1 million to date, and hit screens Friday in a sing-along version.

“Frozen” staved off a predictable surge by the “2014 Grammy Nominees” compilation, which held at No. 2 for a second week with 87,000 sold, despite a 47% leap.

The Atlantic-distributed collection of Grammy samplings led a list of top-10 titles that witnessed large boosts following CBS’s Jan. 26 music kudocast, which was viewed by 28.5 million.

New Zealand teen star Lorde, who collected song of the year and best pop vocal performance honors for “Royals,” saw her debut album “Pure Heroine” climb two slots to No. 3 behind a 68,000-unit week (up 86%). Collection has been on the chart for 18 weeks.

Beyonce, whose duet with hubby Jay Z was the curtain-raiser for the telecast, actually slumped one position to No. 5, as her self-titled album moved a flat 48,000 units.

Major exposure on the Grammys and during the Super Bowl’s halftime show garnered a 180% gain for Bruno Mars’ year-old “Unorthodox Jukebox,” which rose to No. 7, shifting 42,000. Primetime on the Grammys (in tandem with Kendrick Lamar) and “Saturday Night Live” also lofted Imagine Dragons’ 74-week-old “Night Visions” to No. 8 with a 39,000-unit tally (up 65%).

Katy Perry’s goth routine at the Grammys helped her “Prism” hold steady at No. 9 with sales of 30,000 (up 22%). While Daft Punk’s album of the year winner “Random Access Memories” saw a 300% lift – the biggest gain for any title in the top 10 — it shifted just 30,000 copies; nonetheless, the title climbed 29 chart positions to No. 10 in its 37th week.

Two new titles bowed amid these big moves. Metal unit Of Mice & Men’s “Restoring Force” (Rise) came aboard at No. 4 with a 51,000-unit debut week. The band’s previous peak came in 2011, when its sophomore release “The Flood” topped out at No. 28.

Christian rock act Casting Crowns’ “Thrive” (Reunion) entered at No. 6, reaping sales of 43,000. It is the Florida-bred group’s fifth consecutive top-10 release.

The 49th iteration of the hits comp “Now That’s What I Call Music!” is primed to make a splash on next week’s chart.

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