News / Arts & Entertainment

Girl Power Propels 'Frozen' Soundtrack to Top of Sales Charts

This image released by Disney shows, from left, Anna, voiced by Kristen Bell, Olaf, voiced by Josh Gad, and Kristoff, voiced by Jonathan Groff in a scene from the animated feature
This image released by Disney shows, from left, Anna, voiced by Kristen Bell, Olaf, voiced by Josh Gad, and Kristoff, voiced by Jonathan Groff in a scene from the animated feature "Frozen." (Disney)
There are 10 original songs on the Frozen soundtrack, including the Academy Award winning "Let It Go," and the album continues to make frequent appearances in the number one spot in Billboard magazine. 

“The Billboard 200 ranks the most popular albums in the country each week, based upon sales," said Keith Caufield, Billboard's associate director of charts. "That’s pretty staggering because at this point, we’re kind of in the realm of mega-soundtracks like Titanic, which spent 16 weeks at number one and The Lion King, another Disney movie that spent 10 weeks at number one."

Frozen has broken the record for an animated film soundtrack. Since it hit the Billboard top five in January, it’s never left, and had the distinction of knocking superstar singer Beyoncé off the top of the charts.
 
Girl Power Propels 'Frozen' Soundtrack to Top of Sales Charts
Girl Power Propels 'Frozen' Soundtrack to Top of Sales Chartsi
|| 0:00:00
...    
🔇
X

Fifty-eight percent of the Frozen albums sold have been physical CDs, and Caufield says that bucks current trends.
 
“Today you can stream an album, you can play it on Spotify, you can go to YouTube, and you can enjoy music in many different ways that don’t necessarily involve purchasing an item," he said. "But Frozen has been able to connect with people that want to buy albums and actually want a tangible object to hold and to take home from somewhere because they want to have that memory of the movie, and also the music itself."
Kristen Anderson-Lopez, left, and Robert Lopez accept the award for Best Original Song in a Feature Film for Kristen Anderson-Lopez, left, and Robert Lopez accept the award for Best Original Song in a Feature Film for "Let It Go" from "Frozen" during the Oscars at the Dolby Theatre on March 2, 2014, in Los Angeles. (Photo by John Shearer/Invision)
x
Kristen Anderson-Lopez, left, and Robert Lopez accept the award for Best Original Song in a Feature Film for
Kristen Anderson-Lopez, left, and Robert Lopez accept the award for Best Original Song in a Feature Film for "Let It Go" from "Frozen" during the Oscars at the Dolby Theatre on March 2, 2014, in Los Angeles. (Photo by John Shearer/Invision)

The songwriters, husband and wife team Bobby Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez, had a strategy for making that musical connection.

"Every song we ran by our two girls," Bobby Lopez said. "We had this great focus group that was just our family."

Lopez says he and his wife wanted to write songs that families like theirs could relate to.

A huge part of Frozen’s overall success is its appeal to girls, says Tom MacDougall, who produced the music in the film and on the album.

“They see a character up there that represents them, not just as a gender, but a situation, you know, that they might have siblings that they don’t get along with or the idea of adventure," MacDougall said. "They look up there and they see these two women having this adventure."

Despite its popularity, Billboard’s Caufield says it will be a while before Frozen knocks another soundtrack out of the record books.

“The all-time champ for the most weeks at number one, among soundtracks and, in fact, among all albums, is the soundtrack to West Side Story, which has spent 54 weeks at number one, more than a year on the chart," he said. "So Frozen is a little bit of a ways away."

For those who can’t get enough, Disney just released a Frozen karaoke album, which debuted in Billboard’s top 20, and the Lopezes are hard at work on a Broadway adaptation of the movie.

You May Like

Nigeria Incumbent in Tight Spot as Poll Nears

Muhammadu Buhari is running a strong challenge to Goodluck Jonathan, amid a faltering economy and Boko Haram security worries More

Video Liberia's Almost Last Ebola Patient Grateful but Still Grieving

Beatrice Yardolo tells VOA that despite her fame, life is still a struggle as she waits for government's promise of support to arrive More

Video Cambodian Land Grabs Threaten Traditional Communities

At least seven different indigenous groups in Ratanakiri depend mainly on forest products for their survival, say they face loss of their land, traditional way of life More

This forum has been closed.
Comment Sorting
Comments
     
by: Molly
May 11, 2014 10:59 PM
I love Frozen so much because Elsa is magical and let it go is my favorite song in the world!

by: Mark from: Virginia
May 09, 2014 10:00 PM
I have heard more complaints from parents who say "I can't get that danged song out of my HEAD"...
Luckily, for me, I did not have that problem.. while it was a good movie, I was not personally moved by it. Then again, I am a crusty old fart, as well, lol... with kids (and a daughter who LOVED it)
In Response

by: Twain from: Calgary
May 11, 2014 5:32 PM
I'm a teen, and I LOVED it. Animated movies, let alone musicals aren't my type, but Frozen is amazing.

Featured Videos

Your JavaScript is turned off or you have an old version of Adobe's Flash Player. Get the latest Flash player.
Liberia's Almost Last Ebola Patient Grateful but Still Grievingi
X
Benno Muchler
March 26, 2015 3:41 PM
Beatrice Yardolo was to make history as Liberia’s last Ebola patient. Liberians recently started counting down 42 days, the period that has to go by without a single new infection until the World Health Organization can declare a country Ebola-free. That countdown stopped on March 20 when there was another new case of Ebola, making Yardolo’s story a reminder that Ebola is far from over. Benno Muchler reports from Monrovia.
Video

Video Liberia's Almost Last Ebola Patient Grateful but Still Grieving

Beatrice Yardolo was to make history as Liberia’s last Ebola patient. Liberians recently started counting down 42 days, the period that has to go by without a single new infection until the World Health Organization can declare a country Ebola-free. That countdown stopped on March 20 when there was another new case of Ebola, making Yardolo’s story a reminder that Ebola is far from over. Benno Muchler reports from Monrovia.
Video

Video Cambodian Land Grabs Threaten Traditional Communities

Indigenous communities in Cambodia's Ratanakiri province say the government’s economic land concession policy is taking away their land and traditional way of life, making many fear that their identity will soon be lost. Local authorities, though, have denied this is the case. VOA's Say Mony went to investigate and filed this report, narrated by Colin Lovett.
Video

Video US, South Korea Conduct Joint Military Exercises

The Eighth U.S. Army Division and the Eighth Republic of Korea Mechanized Infantry Division put on a well orchestrated show of force for the media this week during their joint military training exercises in South Korea. VOA’s Seoul correspondent Brian Padden was there and reports the soldiers were well disciplined both in conducting a complex live fire exercise and in staying on message with the press.
Video

Video Space Program Status Disappoints 'Last Man on the Moon'

One of the films that drew big crowds last week at the annual South by Southwest festival in Austin, Texas, tells the story of the last human being to stand on the moon, U.S. astronaut Eugene Cernan. It has been 42 years since Cernan returned from the moon and he laments that no one else has gone there since. VOA’s Greg Flakus reports.
Video

Video Young Filmmakers Shine Spotlight on Giving Back

A group of student filmmakers from across the United States joined President Barack Obama at the White House this month for the second annual White House Student Film Festival. Fifteen short films were officially selected from more than 1,500 entries by students aged 6 through 18. The filmmakers and their families then joined the president and a group of celebrities for a screening of their films. VOA’s Julie Taboh reports.
Video

Video VOA Exclusive: Interview with Afghan President Ashraf Ghani

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani, during his first visit as president to Washington, gave a one-on-one interview with VOA Afghan Service reporter Said Suleiman Ashna, about his request for a change in U.S. troop levels, the threat from the Islamic State, and repairing relations with the United States and Pakistan. The interview was held at Blair House, late Sunday, in Pashto.
Video

Video California Science Center Tells Story of Dead Sea Scrolls

The ancient manuscripts were uncovered in the mid-20th century, and they are still yielding clues about life and religious beliefs in ancient Israel. As VOA's Mike O'Sullivan reports, an exhibit in Los Angeles shows how modern science is bringing the history of these ancient documents to life.
Video

Video Angelina Jolie Takes Another Bold Step

Hollywood actress and filmmaker Angelina Jolie has revealed she had her ovaries and fallopian tubes removed to lower her odds of getting cancer. Doctors say the huge publicity over her decision will help raise awareness about the importance of cancer screening. VOA’s George Putic has more

All About America

Circumventing Censorship

An Internet Primer for Healthy Web Habits

As surveillance and censoring technologies advance, so, too, do new tools for your computer or mobile device that help protect your privacy and break through Internet censorship.
More

New in Music Alley

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

On the latest edition of "Beyond Category" blues singer and guitarist Corey Harris performs with his band and talks about his travels in West Africa tracing the roots of the blues.