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Released: 25 November 2013
Tracks: (Click for codes to singles charts.) 1. Frozen Heart (Cast of Frozen) 2. Do You Want to Build a Snowman? (Kristen Bell, Agatha Lee Monn, and Katie Lopez) (#51 US, #61 CAN, #45 AUS, #26 UK) 3. For the First Time in Forever (Kristen Bell and Idina Menzel) (#57 US, #70 CAN, #62 AUS, #38 UK) 4. Love Is an Open Door (Kristen Bell and Santino Fontana) (#49 US, #89 AUS, #52 UK) 5. Let It Go (Idina Menzel) #5 US, #18 CAN, #16 AU, #11 UK, worldwide sales: 8.085 million) 6. Reindeer(s) Are Better Than People (Jonathan Groff) 7. In Summer (Josh Gad) (#90 AUS, #84 UK) 8. For the First Time in Forever (Reprise) (Kristen Bell and Idina Menzel) 9. Fixer Upper (Maria Wilson and Cast of Frozen) 10. Let It Go (Demi Lovato) (#38 US, #31 CAN, #25 AU, #42 UK) 11. Vuelie (Christophe Beck, Frode Fjelheim, & Cantus) 12. Elsa and Anna * 13. The Trolls * 14. Coronation Day * 15. Heimr Arnadair * 16. Winter’s Waltz * 17. Sorcery * 18. Royal Pursuit * 19. Onward and Upward * 20. Wolves * 21. The North Mountain * 22. We Were So Close * 23. Marshmallow Attack! * 24. Conceal, Don’t Feel * 25. Only an Act of True Love * 26. Summit Siege * 27. Return to Arendelle * 28. Treason * 29. Some People Are Worth Melting For * 30. Whiteout * 31. The Great Thaw (Vuelie Reprise) (Christophe Beck and Frode Fjelheim) 32. Epilogue
* score by Christophe Beck
Sales (in millions): 3.86 US, 0.6 UK, 10.0 world (includes US and UK)
Peak: #113 US, #1 UK, #17 CAN, #12 AU
Review: Disney’s Frozen was a “welcome return to form” AMG in the tradition of animated musicals in which characters broke into song. AMG The story was inspired by Hans Christian Andersen’s fairy tale The Snow Queen. The movie took home the Oscar for Best Animated Featured Film and the soundtrack proved to be a monster. It became only the fourth soundtrack from an animated film to top the U.S. album charts. WK With 13 weeks logged on top, it became the biggest soundtrack since 1998’s Titanic. WK It became the best-selling album of 2013 with more than 10 million albums sold worldwide.
Robert Lopez Avenue Q, The Book of Mormon), one of twelve people to win an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, and Tony, AMG teamed up with Kristen Anderson-Lopez (In Transit, Winnie the Pooh) to write original Broadway-style songs for the soundtrack. Idina Menzel’s version of Let It Go won the Oscar for Best Song, sold more than 8 million worldwide, and garnered over 400 million views on YouTube.
Let It Go
The soundtrack offered a balance of songs with comic relief (In Summer, Reindeer(s) Are Better Than People) alongside musical interplays (For the First Time in Forever) between the two leading ladies, sisters Anna and Elsa, voiced respectively by Kristen Bell and Idina Menzel.
In addition, Christophe Waltz, fresh off an Oscar win for short Paperman, provided the score. His instrumentals provided “much of the soundtrack’s drama and suspense…[incorporating] orchestral, choral, and folk-inspired elements.” AMG