Walt Disney Records’ Frozen Soundtrack Maintains Top Position On The Billboard Charts For Seven Non-Consecutive Weeks

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The Platinum-certified Frozen soundtrack maintains the No. 1 slot on the Billboard Top 200 album chart spending seven non-consecutive weeks in the top position according to Nielsen SoundScan. Selling 202,000 copies in the week ending March 23, the soundtrack has sold over 1.6 million copies and over 5 million combined digital tracks in its 17th week of release. Frozen is the first album to sell a million units in 2014.

The Oscar-winning song “Let It Go,” performed by Idina Menzel, has sold over 2 million copies and is expected to be certified double Platinum by the end of the week. The track is in the Top 15 (*13) at Mainstream AC radio and is #33* and climbing at Adult Top 40 radio. “Let It Go” is currently the #2 song on the iTunes singles chart and #2 on the overall Billboard’s Digital Song chart. The film video version of Idina’s “Let It Go” has been viewed more than 150M times on YouTube and Demi Lovato’s “Let It Go” music video has been Vevo-certified for surpassing 100M views.

The album maintains its No. 1 position on Billboard’s Soundtrack Chart, peaked at No. 1 on the iTunes Overall Chart (and in 31 countries), plus Amazon’s Overall Music Category, Pop, and Overall MP3 charts. The Frozen album has held the #1 position for 5 non-consecutive weeks at Spotify and worldwide, is approaching 110M album streams.

The soundtrack features eight original songs from Oscar-winning songwriters Kristen Anderson-Lopez and songwriter Robert Lopez plus score by the composer of last year’s Oscar-winning short “Paperman,” Christophe Beck.

The Frozen soundtrack, the Frozen two-disc deluxe edition and the digital deluxe edition soundtrack (featuring 23 and 27 additional tracks respectively, including demos, outtakes and a “Let It Go” instrumental karaoke track) are available at physical and online retail.

ABC Cancels “Once Upon a Time in Wonderland”

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ABC has confirmed through various sources that Once Upon a Time in Wonderland will not return after this season ends.

The fantasy-drama series, written by Once Upon a Time creators Adam Horowitz and Eddy Kitsis, based on Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.

The spinoff of Once Upon a Time will come to an end on April 3.  This episode is being promoted as a “series finale”.

The show – starring Sophie Lowe, Michael Socha, Iggy Pop and Whoopi Goldberg – was originally developed as a 13-episode miniseries that was designed to fill downtime between seasons of the flagship series.  Instead, it began airing on Thursdays in October of last year, and failed to draw viewers in its tricky 8pm slot.

“I really had hoped that Once Upon a Time in Wonderland would work,” added ABC Studios chief Patrick Moran in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter yesterday (March 27), before the cancellation plans were announced.

“It was designed to be what they call ‘gap programming’… and it probably would have fared better as that,” he said.

Disney to Buy YouTube Video Maker

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Emphasizing online video’s growing value to the media industry, The Walt Disney Company on Monday said it would acquire Maker Studios for an initial sum of $500 million

Maker Studios which is one of the leading producer and distributor of short, entertaining videos on YouTube, many of which are geared toward millennials. Its many channels receive a total 5.5 billion YouTube views per month, which makes it one of the most successful online video companies of its kind.

Essentially, Maker has helped create a whole new universe of shows, made for the Web rather than television, and now Disney will be able to learn from them. This is could be very important since one of Disney’s key demographics, teenagers, are flocking to online video services like YouTube.

“By acquiring Maker Studios, Disney will gain advanced technology and business intelligence capability regarding consumers’ discovery and interaction with short-form online videos, including Disney content,” the press release about the acquisition said.

Reportedly, Maker will not be folded into one of Disney’s television or film divisions.  Instead, Maker’s executives will report directly to Disney’s chief financial officer, with the presumption that this will ease collaboration with multiple divisions.

The acquisition to close sometime in the spring, according to Disney. In addition to the $500 million, Maker’s shareholders may receive up to $450 million more over time, depending on whether Maker achieves its performance targets.

Approximately $70 million had been invested into Maker, including $25 million from the investment arm of Time Warner, the parent company of Maker.

The $500 million, though it could up to possibly $950 million, will set a new bar for startup online video networks. Earlier this month when the Wall Street Journal broke the news that Disney and Maker were talking, it was said that it “would mark the biggest acquisition by a major media company in the fast-growing but challenging business of producing and promoting video programming on Google’s YouTube.”

“Maker’s YouTube-centric DNA would give Disney valuable insight into how to extend its star-making machine to the still quite opaque online realm,” industry analyst Will Richmond, the publisher of Videonuze, wrote at the time. “But star-making is just half of the equation. The other, equally important half is mastering (and quite possible shaping) how online video distribution works, and what role YouTube will play.”

Bob Iger, the chief executive of Disney, said in a statement on Monday that “short-form online video is growing at an astonishing pace and with Maker Studios, Disney will now be at the center of this dynamic industry with an unmatched combination of advanced technology and programming expertise and capabilities.”

Welcome to Disney News Today

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Welcome to Disney News Today….The Place to Go for Disney News.  My plan for this site is for it to be a central location for Disney fans to go to for the Disney news that they desire….news from the parks, D23, Disney Cruise Line, Walt Disney Studios, Walt Disney Animation, Pixar, Marvel and other areas of the Walt Disney Company.

As a bit of background…I have been a Disney fan for as long as I remember.  As a child I watched all of the Disney movies that came out then and as a family we always managed to catch Walt Disney on Sunday night.  My first trip to a Disney park was in 1970 to Disneyland.  Though continuing to be a fan of Disney I managed to not get back to a Disney park again until 1990 when I, my wife and our first child went to Walt Disney World.  Every year since we’ve managed to make at least one trip to one of the domestic Disney Parks.  We have been Disney Vacation Club members since 1995.  We are also are Charter D23 members and have made it to each of the first three D23 Expos.

For the past six years I’ve been proud to be the person in charge of posting the Disney news stories on The Travelears website.  When the decision was made that the site would no longer be active I decided that produce my own website as an outlet for my passion for Disney news and my love of all things Disney.

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