With the year half over, the soundtrack to Disney’s “Frozen” and Pharrell Williams’ “Happy” lead as the year’s biggest-selling album and digital song in the U.S., respectively, selling 2.7 million and 5.6 million according to Nielsen SoundScan.
Through the sales week that ended on June 29, the mid-way point of SoundScan’s tracking year, “Frozen” is the only album to have sold more than a million copies. The next biggest seller is Beyonce’s self-titled set, with 702,000.
A year ago at this point, the top-selling album was Justin Timberlake’s “The 20/20 Experience,” with 2.04 million. 2014 is only the third year — and third in a row — in SoundScan’s history (dating back to 1991), where only one album has sold more than a million at the year’s mid-way point.
The last time a soundtrack led the mid-year album sales chart was in 2006, when another Disney album, “High School Musical,” had sold 2.6 million. It ended up as that year’s top-selling album, with 3.7 million.