Taylor Swift’s 1989, released on Oct. 27, pulled off some amazing sales feats. After a first-week debut of 1.29 million units — a feat that many thought was impossible in today’s sales environment — 1989 became the year’s best-selling album in the very last days of 2014, helped in part by its absence from streaming services. However, for the first 51 weeks of the year, Frozen was the clear frontrunner. Swift’s album scanned 3.66 million units in total, versus the 3.53 million tallied by Disney’s runaway hit soundtrack. Since its release, Frozen has scanned 3.9 million units (the film’s soundtrack was released in late 2013, cutting off the eligibility of those 400,000 units when measuring 2014’s sales total).
The pair were two of just four albums to hit the million-unit mark in 2014: Sam Smith‘s In The Lonely Hour sold 1.2 million units, and Pentatonix‘s That’s Christmas To Me scanned 1.14 million. In 2013, 13 albums moved over a million.