Taylor Swift's '1989' stays at No. 1, outsells 'Frozen' in 2014

Guess who melted the 'Frozen' grip on the claim of biggest-selling album of 2014?

In 2014, it was all about "1989."

Taylor Swift's blockbuster pop album, named for the year she was born, held onto the No. 1 spot in the latest edition of the Billboard 200, the trade magazine reported Wednesday, marking the album's seventh nonconsecutive week atop the chart.

"1989" sold 430,000 album equivalent units -- a new phrase that reflects Billboard's recent incorporation of streaming data and single-track downloads into its chart policy -- in the week that ended Sunday, according to Nielsen Music. Of those units, 326,000 represent full album sales, bringing the total for Swift's set to 3.66 million.

And that was enough for "1989" to squeak past the smash soundtrack of Disney's "Frozen" as the biggest-selling album of 2014.

As Billboard's Keith Caulfield wrote, "Frozen" "was the year-to-date top-selling album of 2014 in every single tracking week of the year, except for the final frame." That had never previously happened in the 22 years since Nielsen began tracking album sales using SoundScan, Caulfield added.

Released in November 2013, "Frozen" sold 3.53 million copies this year; its overall total is 3.86 million.

No new albums entered the top 10 of this week's Billboard 200 -- no surprise, given the light schedule of late-December releases.

Nicki Minaj's "The Pinkprint" stayed at No. 2, followed by Pentatonix's "That's Christmas to Me" at No. 3, One Direction's "Four" at No. 4 and Sam Smith's "In the Lonely Hour" at No. 5.

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