Billboard: “Frozen 2” Claims Another No. 1
Frozen 2 continues to be a behemoth pop culture storm.
After dominating cinemas and breaking records along the way, now the soundtrack is on top, too.
The Frozen 2 soundtrack jumps to No. 1 on the Billboard 200 albums chart, as the set rises 3-1 with 80,000 equivalent album units earned in the U.S. in the week ending Dec. 5, according to Nielsen Music. It’s the first week at No. 1 for the album. The set was released on Nov. 15 via Walt Disney Records and is the companion album to the blockbuster animated sequel film of the same name.
Frozen 2 is the first new full-length soundtrack to reach No. 1 for the first time in 2019. It’s also the first soundtrack of an animated film to hit No. 1 since the first Frozen film soundtrack, which spent 13 weeks at No. 1 in 2014.
Recently, Aurora, an actual Norwegian singer — whom we reported on earlier this year — spoke about her inclusion on “Into the Unknown.”
Born Aurora Aksnes and hailing from Bergen, Norway, the singer explains that agreeing to be part of Frozen 2 was a no-brainer. “It made me feel very excited. Frozen carries such a magical, powerful story,” she says. “So I knew it would feel right.”
Aurora recorded her vocals in an old church in England, calling it a “lovely” experience. “The room was beautiful, round, and it carried my voice to infinity and beyond without any extra reverb,” she says, explaining how the stunning setting influenced what would eventually become the “voice of the mountains.”
Both Frozen movies largely drew from Nordic culture as inspiration, which makes Aurora’s involvement all the more fitting. “The nature scenes are very real,” she confirms, adding that the landscape in scenes like the one where Elsa & Co. travel to the Enchanted Forest are appropriately “dramatic, beautiful and dangerous.”
In that, singing in a movie so close to home “felt natural,” Aurora says, and she appreciates the creators’ attention to detail. “I think it’s wonderful how Disney let different cultures inspire them. It’s very important.”
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Aurora is quickly becoming a staple in my playlists; have a listen below:
Meanwhile, here’s hoping she performs her own version of “Into the Unknown” sometime soon.
However, for now check out the official Frozen 2 soundtrack: