Koreans love ‘Frozen’ – movie & the soundtrack

January 28, 2014

Frozen soundtrack cover. (Yonhap)

Frozen soundtrack cover. (Yonhap)

The soundtrack of the animated Disney film “Frozen” is making a splash on local music charts thanks to the ongoing popularity of the movie in the country.

“Let It Go,” the title piece of the album “Frozen,” topped a realtime chart of the country’s biggest online music service Melon on Monday. As of Tuesday morning, it came in first and second place on Bugs and Mnet, respectively, and the third on Naver Music.

“It’s very unusual that the soundtrack of a foreign musical animation rises to high marks on local music charts,” a Melon official said. “We see this as a reflection of the recent trend in the music industry that soundtracks of the latest films and TV shows are drawing a lot of attention from viewers.”

Earlier, the “Frozen” soundtrack topped the Billboard 200 chart on Jan. 16, becoming the first song score for an animated Disney picture to reach No. 1 since the “Pocahontas” album in 1995. “Frozen” is now widely considered the frontrunner for best song at the Oscars.

In South Korea, the movie “Frozen” has attracted more than 3 million viewers since it opened on Jan. 16.

Loosely based on Hans Christian Andersen’s fairy tale “The Snow Queen,” the film tells the story of a fearless princess who sets off on an epic journey to find her estranged sister, whose icy powers have trapped the kingdom in eternal winter.