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Frozen has now also produced a huge single in "Let It Go" as Idina Menzel rides Oscar’s Best Song and a new hit Broadway show, If/Then, to superstardom.
MASTERMIND, G I R L
AND SNOWMAN
MMG/Def Jam/IDJ’s Rick Ross, Columbia’s Pharrell Bow in Top Spots; Frozen Nabs #3; Lea Michele, Eli Young Band Score Top 5 Debuts

Mastermind is master of the HITS Album Sales Chart this week, as MMG/Def Jam/IDJ’s hip-hop heavyweight Rick Ross bows at #1 with 185k.

Ross’ 2012 set, God Forgives, I Don’t, bowed with 218k and has moved 565k RTD.

Debuting at #2 is Columbia’s Pharrell with 110k. The MVP guest star of Pop and the man behind the ubiquitous mega-smash "Happy" hasn’t released a solo record since 2006’s In My Mind, which moved 154k out of the gate.

Disney’s Frozen is chillin’ at #3 (and up 6%) with 97k; the monster soundtrack has now also produced a huge single in "Let It Go" as Idina Menzel rides Oscar’s Best Song and a new hit Broadway show, If/Then, to superstardom.

Lea Michele’s Louder gives Columbia its second Top 5 bow with 62k, while Republic Nashville’s Eli Young Band round out the Top 5 with their debut and 40k. Their 2011 release, Life at Best, landed with 35k and has sold 348k to date.

Capitol’s Beck shows staying power at #6 with 37k (-54%), while Lava/Republic’s Lorde moves 33k, up 9% from her weekly standing order and good for #7. EMI Nashville’s Eric Church (30k, -28%), TDE/Interscope’s ScHoolboy Q (30k, -78%) and NOW 49 (27k, -19%) round out the Top 10.

By the way, NOW 49 is released on the Now imprint, a joint venture between UMG and Sony, and is part of the UMe universe. But you knew that, because you’re smart.

The chart’s greatest gainer is Virgin’s Bastille, which jumps 50% and moves #44-32 with Bad Blood.
Streeting today are Luke Bryan’s new Spring Break set (Capitol Nashville), the debut by "The Man" himself, XIX/Interscope’s Aloe Blacc, an anthology from hip-hop bellwether Young Money, a new one from 311 (on, get this, 311 Records), Verve’s Ledisi and the Interscope ST for young-adult saga Divergent.

The following week brings CTE/Def Jam/IDJ’s YG, Columbia’s Foster the People and Republic's Enrique Iglesias, among others.

In other music-industry news, our colleagues are pounding tequilas at some punk-rock gig in Austin while we have to write this stupid website.

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