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Frozen tops Billboard 200, dethrones Beyoncé and holds off Eminem

By Ryan Book, The Music Times r.book@musictimes.com | Jan 08, 2014 12:35 PM EST

Temperatures have been cold across the country, and so have album sales. Due to the end of the year and the low number of new releases that comes with it, the Top 10 of the Billboard 200 features a slew of familiar faces, but at least the door opened up for a few hits from throughout 2013 to make a reappearance. 

The big news to report is that Beyoncé finally fell from the Billboard 200's top spot during her self-titled album's fourth week. The conquerer? None other than the Frozen original motion picture soundtrack, which sold 165,000 copies and took the top spot. That album has sold more copies than the previous in each of its six weeks on the market, and marks the first Disney soundtrack to top the charts since Pochahontas. As for Beyoncé, she moved 130,000 copies last week, which moved Beyoncé past her previous album 4 in total sales. 

Eminem stayed in the Top 10 for a ninth week, and did so with emphasis, placing at no. 3. The Marshall Mathers LP 2 sold 55,000 copies. Katy Perry decided that she wasn't going to let the holidays ending stop her from remaining in the Top 10 after PRISM reentered the list a few weeks ago. The album moved another 51,000 units. 

Lorde was another performer sticking around, selling another 46,000 copies of Pure Heroine and moving up to no. 5. One Direction and Midnight Memories took a spill however, falling from no. 2 to no. 6 after selling 45,000 copies. 

Luke Bryan was one of several artists who saw themselves return to the Top 10 thanks to a lack of new releases. His album, Crash My Party, decreased in sales percentage (43,000), but still took the no. 7 spot. OneRepublic saw an even larger increase in spot, as its Native sold 35,000 and jumped from no. 19 to no. 8 in the process...no doubt in thanks to the continued success of its single "Counting Stars" (see the Digital Downloads chart). 

Now 48 returned to the Top 10 after selling 34,000 copies, and Imagine Dragons rounds out the Top 10 with a flashback to 2012-Night Visions-which sold 31,000 copies. 

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