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Beyonce ‘Frozen’ out of top spot on Billboard 200 Adele’s ‘21’ passes 3 million US digital sale

LOS ANGELES, Jan 9, (Agencies): Disney princesses ousted Queen Bey from her three-week reign atop the weekly Billboard 200 album chart on Wednesday, as the soundtrack to Disney’s latest film “Frozen” knocked Beyonce’s self-titled album from the top spot. The “Frozen” soundtrack sold 165,000 copies in the week ending Jan 5, and follows on the film’s continued box office success since its November release, taking in more than $600 million worldwide. The soundtrack has sold more than 500,000 copies since its release in December. “Frozen” follows the story of two princess sisters, one of whom later becomes queen of her Nordic kingdom but has special freezing powers, accidentally casting an eternal winter over their realm, which her sister tries to overturn.

R&B star Beyonce’s self-titled album, released as a surprise without any fanfare last month, slipped to No. 2 this week with sales of 130,000. The album, which was released exclusively through Apple Inc’s iTunes digital store on Dec 13 and was not available to other retailers until Dec 21, topped the chart for three consecutive weeks over the US Christmas and New Year’s holiday period.
No new albums cracked the top 10 of the Billboard 200 chart this week, following a quiet release week in the first week of the year. Overall album sales totaled 5.4 million over the past week, down 43 percent from the comparable sales week in 2013, Billboard said.

Justin Timberlake and Robin Thicke owned 2013 in music.
Nielsen Entertainment announced late Tuesday that Timberlake’s “The 20/20 Experience” was the top-selling album with 2.4 million units sold. Thicke’s ubiquitous “Blurred Lines” was the best-selling song with 6.4 million tracks sold.
Albums sales were down. Only 289.4 million albums were sold in 2013, compared with 316 million a year before. Single tracks also saw a decrease, by 6 percent. Streaming, however, was up 32 percent with 118.1 million streams. The sales figures include data from YouTube, Spotify and other digital outlets. Baauer’s “Harlem Shake” topped the year with 489,674,000 streams.
New releases from Eminem and Luke Bryan rounded out the top three albums. Macklemore & Ryan Lewis’ “Thrift Shop” and Imagine Dragons’ “Radioactive” placed second and third on the singles list.

The album “21” by British singer Adele has become the first to pass three million digital sales in the United States, the leading online tracking company Nielsen said Wednesday.
Three years after its release, the album, Adele’s second record, continues to have robust sales and so far has shifted 26 million copies worldwide.
A Nielsen spokeswoman confirmed “21” had passed three million digital sales in America, building on its top-selling global status in 2011 and 2012, on the back of the singles “Rolling in the deep” and “Someone like you.”
The 25-year-old singer enjoyed an outstanding 2013, winning the best original song Oscar for the 007 movie theme tune “Skyfall,” at the 85th Academy Awards.
In 2012, “21” won six Grammy awards, though the singer has experienced some problems with her voice in the past year. According to Rolling Stone, the London-born artist is currently working on a new album.

LOS ANGELES: Beyonce is being asked to donate proceeds from her song “XO” after controversy arose from her use of an audio clip from the deadly space shuttle Challenger disaster in the tune.
An online petition, launched by Florida resident Sarah McNulty, urges the “Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)” singer to donate a quarter of the proceeds from the song to the Challenger Learning Center, which works to continue the Challenger Seven’s mission to explore and educate young minds in space and science education. (The organization was launched by the families of the astronauts who died in the tragic mission, using money received in legal retribution from NASA.)
“Challenger is one of those tragedies that is perpetually a very raw wound for everyone, especially those in the space industry, and I believe that it should never be treated as anything but,” McNulty, an aerospace industry employee who lives on Florida’s Space Coast, said of the petition.

“It’s never okay to trivialize a tragedy, but trivializing a tragedy such as Challenger, which was meant to be an inspirational mission to enlighten and inspire the nation and give us heroes to look up to, is a crime.”
As of this writing, the petition had gathered a little over 3,900 signatures, out of its goal of 4,000.
The 1986 Challenger disaster, the result of a faulty O-ring on one of the shuttle’s solid rocket boosters, caused the death of seven crew members, including schoolteacher Christa McAuliffe.
Beyonce drew heat for sampling audio from the disaster in “XO,” with Challenger widow June Scobee Rodgers expressing disappointment on the space agency watchdog website
“We were disappointed to learn that an audio clip from the day we lost our heroic Challenger crew was used in the song ‘XO,’” Rodgers wrote.
The singer claimed in a statement that the audio sample was meant as a “tribute” to the Challenger crew, saying, “My heart goes out to the families of those lost in the Challenger disaster. The song ‘XO’ was recorded with the sincerest intention to help heal those who have lost loved ones and to remind us that unexpected things happen, so love and appreciate every minute that you have with those who mean the most to you.”

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