Frozen 2 continues to make history– not only at the box office, but also in the music industry.
The movie’s soundtrack jumps to No. 1 on the Billboard 200 albums chart, as the set rises 3-1 with 80,000 equivalent album units earned in the U.S. in the week ending Dec. 5, according to Nielsen Music.
It’s the first week at No. 1 for the album.
It’s the first soundtrack of an animated film to hit No. 1 since the first Frozen film soundtrack, which spent 13 weeks at No. 1 in 2014.
The Billboard 200 chart ranks the most popular albums of the week in the U.S. based on multi-metric consumption as measured in equivalent album units. Units comprise album sales, track equivalent albums (TEA) and streaming equivalent albums (SEA). The new Dec. 14-dated chart, where Frozen 2 rises to No. 1, will be posted in full on Billboard’s websites on Dec. 10.
Frozen 2 is only the third soundtrack to spend time at No. 1 in 2019. On Nov. 9, Kanye West’s Jesus Is King topped the list for a week. (The set also serves as a companion piece to his short film of the same name.) And, back on March 9, Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper’s A Star Is Born returned to No. 1 for a fourth nonconsecutive week, following the Feb. 24 Academy Awards broadcast. (It spent three weeks at No. 1 in 2018.)
Frozen 2 and Frozen join a limited number of theatrical film or TV movie soundtracks that saw both their original and sequel film albums top the chart. Among previous sets of leaders, the soundtrack to the TV movies High School Musical and High School Musical 2 both topped the list (in 2006 and 2007, respectively), as did Twilight and The Twilight Saga: New Moon (2008, 2009).
Frozen 2 is also just the fifth animated film soundtrack to reach No. 1 on the Billboard 200 since it became a regularly published weekly chart in 1956. Frozen 2 follows Frozen (2014), Jack Johnson’s Curious George (2006), Pocahontas (1995) and The Lion King (1994).