In the final tracking week of 2014, ‘1989’ surpassed ‘Frozen’ as year’s top seller
Leave it to Taylor Swift to spoil Disney’s Frozen party. It came down to the wire, but in the final week of 2014, Swift’s 1989 finishes 2014 as the year’s top selling album. After only nine weeks on sale, Swift’s set stole the title away from Walt Disney Records’ Frozen soundtrack in the very last tracking frame of the year.
1989 — released through Big Machine Records — sold 3.66 million copies in 2014, according to Nielsen Music, while the Frozen album shifted 3.53 million. (Nielsen’s 2014 tracking year ran from Dec. 30, 2013 through Dec. 28, 2014.)
The Frozen soundtrack was the year-to-date top selling album of 2014 in every single tracking week of the year, except for the final frame (ending Dec. 28). In the week previous (Dec. 21), 1989’s tally stood at 3.34 million, while Frozen was at 3.46 million. But, with one final week left on the calendar — the most recent tracking week — it seemed 1989 would overtake Frozen. And, it did.
In the week ending Dec. 28, 1989 sold 326,000 copies, while Frozen moved 64,000, thus easily securing Swift the year’s top seller.