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    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 "Frozen." (Disney)
    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.
     
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    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 "Let It Go" from "Frozen" during the Oscars at the Dolby Theatre on March 2, 2014, in Los Angeles. (Photo by John Shearer/Invision)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)
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    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)
    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.

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    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)
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    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.

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