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Taylor Swift, 'Frozen,' and the Battle for the Year's #1 Album
Taylor Swift‘s 1989 and the Frozen soundtrack are locked in a close race to wind up as the best-selling album of 2014. With two weeks to go, Frozen has sold 3.4 million copies in this calendar year, compared to 3.0 million for 1989. But 1989 may be able to overcome Frozen’s 410K lead. This week it sold 238K copies more than Frozen did.
(All figures in this story are actual album sales, not based on Billboard’s new hybrid formula which also factors in on-demand streaming and digital track sales.)
This is the closest race for the year-end crown since 2009, when Swift’s Fearless ended up with a slim, 131K lead over that year’s runner-up, Susan Boyle's I Dreamed a Dream. (This year’s race is a reversal of 2009. That year, Fearless had been the year’s top-seller all year long, but it was nearly eclipsed by Boyle’s album, which was released on Nov. 23. This year, Frozen has been the year’s top-seller all year, but is in danger of being eclipsed by Swift’s album, which was released on Oct. 27.)
If Frozen hangs on to the title, this will be the first time that the soundtrack to a theatrically-released movie has come out on top since 1998, the year of Titanic. (A TV soundtrack, High School Musical, was #1 for 2006.)
If 1989 comes out on top, this will be the second time that Swift has had the year’s top-selling album. Swift would be the third act to have the year’s best-selling album twice since 1991, when Nielsen SoundScan began tracking music sales. She would follow Adele(whose 21 finished first in both 2011 and 2012) and Eminem (whose The Eminem Show was #1 for 2002 and whose Recovery was on top for 2010).
Whichever album comes out on top, this will be the fifth time that Swift has put an album in the year’s top three. She’s only the second artist to do that in the Nielsen SoundScan era, following Eminem.
This will be the fourth time that Swift has had the year’s top-selling album by a female artist. No other female artist in the Nielsen SoundScan has achieved that feat. Mariah Carey had the top-selling album by a female artist three times.