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'Frozen' album sells 2 million, tops Billboard chart for 10th week

By Piya Sinha-Roy LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Two Nordic princesses held their reign atop the weekly Billboard 200 album chart on Wednesday as the soundtrack to Disney's hit animated film "Frozen" crossed the 2 million sales mark and continued to hold off new entries. "Frozen," led by its Oscar-winning hit song "Let It Go," sold 133,000 copies in its 20th week on the chart, according to figures from Nielsen SoundScan.

Imagine Dragons, Lorde lead Billboard Music Award finalists

NEW YORK (Reuters) - American alternative rock group Imagine Dragons and New Zealand singer Lorde were named Billboard Music Award finalists in 12 categories each, followed by singer Justin Timberlake with 11 and pop star Katy Perry with 10, organizers said on Wednesday. Rapper duo Macklemore & Ryan Lewis was not far behind with nods in eight categories, and will vie with Imagine Dragons, Florida Georgia Line, One Direction and OneRepublic for the top duo/group prize.

'Frozen' hits sales high note, holds throne on top of Billboard

By Piya Sinha-Roy LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - The soundtrack to Disney's "Frozen" showed no signs of slowing down four months after its release, as sales for the album hit a high note and held the top spot on the Billboard 200 album chart on Wednesday. "Frozen," which features the Oscar-winning song "Let It Go," sold 202,000 copies last week according to figures from Nielsen SoundScan, its biggest sales week since its November 25 release.

'Now 49' compilation knocks 'Frozen' from Billboard 200 top spot

By Piya Sinha-Roy LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - The latest edition of the "Now That's What I Call Music!" franchise featuring chart hits by Lorde and Katy Perry debuted at the top of the weekly Billboard 200 album chart on Wednesday, pushing the "Frozen" film soundtrack off its pedestal. "Now 49," a 21-track compilation that includes songs by Justin Timberlake, Lady Gaga and Britney Spears, sold 98,000 copies in its first week, according to figures from Nielsen SoundScan.

Arcade Fire knock Katy Perry off top spot on Billboard 200

By Piya Sinha-Roy LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Canadian alternative rock group Arcade Fire scored its second No. 1 record by knocking pop singer Katy Perry off the top spot of the weekly Billboard 200 album chart on Wednesday. "Reflektor," the fourth studio album from Arcade Fire, sold 140,000 copies in its first week according to figures from Nielsen SoundScan. Perry's "Prism," which debuted at No. 1 last week, dropped to No. 2 with second week sales of 92,000 units.

Katy Perry tops Billboard in worst week for album sales since 1991

By Piya Sinha-Roy LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Pop singer Katy Perry shot to the top of the weekly Billboard 200 album chart on Wednesday with her latest album, "Prism," although overall album sales for the week were the lowest since the publication began charting in 1991.

Katy Perry shows vulnerability, maturity on new album 'Prism'

By Patricia Reaney NEW YORK (Reuters) - Singer Katy Perry has shed her cotton-candy pop image and reveals a vulnerability and maturity on her new album "Prism," which she said reflects changes in both her personal life and her music. "Prism," released on Tuesday, is Perry's fourth studio album and the follow-up to 2010's phenomenally successful "Teenage Dream." It is also the first album since the 28-year-old singer split with her husband, British comedian Russell Brand, in December 2011.

Jack Johnson tops Billboard 200, Lorde lands top digital song

By Piya Sinha-Roy LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Hawaiian folk singer Jack Johnson landed his fourth No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 album chart on Wednesday, while New Zealand newcomer Lorde overtook Katy Perry and Miley Cyrus to top the digital songs chart. Johnson's "From Here to Now to You" sold 117,000 copies in its first week, according to figures from Nielsen SoundScan. It was the only album to cross the 100,000 sales mark this week.

Ariana Grande storms to top of Billboard chart with debut album

By Piya Sinha-Roy LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Pop singer and Nickelodeon TV star Ariana Grande stormed to the top of the Billboard 200 album chart on Wednesday with her debut "Yours Truly," staving off new entries from Tamar Braxton, Nine Inch Nails and John Legend. "Yours Truly" sold 138,000 copies in its first week, according to figures from Nielsen SoundScan. It was helped by Grande's catchy lead single, "Love the Way," with rapper Mac Miller, which has been a staple on the radio this summer.

Luke Bryan tops Billboard album chart; Perry has No. 1 download

By Piya Sinha-Roy LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Country singer Luke Bryan's latest record stormed straight to the top of the Billboard 200 album chart on Wednesday, while pop singer Katy Perry scored her biggest digital song debut to date with new single "Roar." "Crash My Party," the fourth studio album from Bryan, sold more than 527,000 copies in its first week, according to figures from Nielsen SoundScan, making it his best debut.
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