Disney's "Frozen" Soundtrack, With Songs by Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez, Tops Billboard 200
By Michael Gioia
The soundtrack of Disney's "Frozen" — the animated film that features the voices of Tony Award winner Idina Menzel, Tony nominee Jonathan Groff and stage and screen actress Kristen Bell, among others — has reached the No. 1 slot on the Billboard 200, selling 165,000 copies in the week ending Jan. 5, according to Nielsen SoundScan.
The soundtrack, featuring eight original songs from husband-and-wife songwriters Kristen Anderson-Lopez ("Winnie the Pooh") and Tony Award winner Robert Lopez (Avenue Q, The Book of Mormon) and a score by Christophe Beck ("Paperman," "The Muppets"), bumps Beyoncé's self-titled album from the No. 1 position to No. 2 in its fourth chart week.
According to Billboard, "Frozen" is the fourth animated film soundtrack to reach No. 1 in the chart's 58-year history (following Jack Johnson's "Curious George" in 2006, and Disney's "Pocahontas" in 1995 and "The Lion King" in 1994) and the first soundtrack to reach No. 1 in a year, since "Les Misérables" rose to No. 1 on the Jan. 19, 2013, chart.
The soundtrack has grown in sales every week since its debut at No. 18 on the Dec. 14, 2013, chart. Its cumulative sales have passed the half-million mark bringing its total to $503,000.
The soundtrack includes the end-credit recording of Anderson-Lopez and Lopez's "Let It Go," performed by Demi Lovato.
Directed by Chris Buck ("Tarzan," "Surf's Up") and Jennifer Lee (screenwriter "Wreck-It Ralph") from a screenplay by Lee, the voice cast of the film features Bell ("Forgetting Sarah Marshall," The Crucible), Menzel (Wicked, If/Then), Groff (Spring Awakening), Tony Award nominees Josh Gad (The Book of Mormon) and Santino Fontana (Cinderella), Alan Tudyk (Prelude to a Kiss) and Ciarán Hinds (Cat on a Hot Tin Roof).
"The music elevates and propels this storytelling," said Del Vecho in an earlier statement. "The songwriters Kristen and Bobby participated in the creation of the story. We met with them for two hours each day via video conference while we were building our plot — not necessarily about the songs, but about the characters: who they are, how they think, what they want. Each song enhances and expands the story in a way that fully engages the audience in this world."
A track list for the film soundtrack follows:
Here's how the film, produced by Peter Del Vecho, is described: "Fearless optimist Anna (voice of Bell) sets off on an epic journey—teaming up with rugged mountain man Kristoff (voice of Groff) and his loyal reindeer Sven—to find her sister Elsa (voice of Menzel), whose icy powers have trapped the kingdom of Arendelle in eternal winter. Encountering Everest-like conditions, mystical trolls and a hilarious snowman named Olaf (voice of Gad), Anna and Kristoff battle the elements in a race to save the kingdom."
The Playbill.com exclusive first look at "Frozen," featuring the voices of Bell, Groff, Gad and Menzel, is below and includes "First Time in Forever," an original song penned by Lopez and Anderson-Lopez.
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