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'Frozen' soundtrack tops Billboard 200 following best sales week yet

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"Frozen" has stopped the competition cold -- again.

The soundtrack to the smash-hit Disney film topped the Billboard 200 on Wednesday, reflecting sales of 202,000 copies, according to Nielsen SoundScan, in the week ending March 23.

With a 104% increase over the previous week (when "Frozen" was also No. 1), that's the biggest weekly number the album has logged since it came out in November -- an unusual time for such an achievement, as Billboard's Keith Caulfield points out.

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"Generally," he writes, "albums start big and then taper off as the weeks tick by."

One probable explanation for "Frozen's" late-in-the-game boost? The movie's release March 18 on DVD and Blu-ray. Last week, Disney said that it had sold 3.2 million home-video copies of "Frozen" on its first day in stores.

The soundtrack, meanwhile, is at 1.6 million total and has spent seven nonconsecutive weeks at No. 1.

Behind "Frozen," albums entering the Billboard 200 this week include Compton rapper YG's "My Krazy Life" (at No. 2), "Supermodel" by L.A.'s Foster the People (at No. 3), EDM superstar Skrillex's "Recess" (at No. 4) and "Going to Hell" by former "Gossip Girl" actress Taylor Momsen's Pretty Reckless (at No. 5).

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