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Your Week in Music: We can't 'Let it go' when it comes to 'Frozen'

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The soundtrack to 'Frozen' is 2014's best-selling album so far. (Source: Disney/MGN Online) The soundtrack to 'Frozen' is 2014's best-selling album so far. (Source: Disney/MGN Online)

(RNN) - Wish your kids could "let it go" with the Frozen thing? Sorry, parents, grandparents and anyone in the vicinity of a small child, we're pretty sure that's not happening anytime soon.

Nielsen released the top-selling albums of 2014 so far, and the rankings are not even as close as the Germany vs. Brazil World Cup soccer match.

The soundtrack to Frozen leads the pack by more than three times its closest competitor, which, by the way, was Beyonce's self-titled surprise album.

Other things we learned from the report: In a digital age where almost nobody buys physical CDs, NOW - (insert a number here) - is still a thing. Why? We're stumped, too.

Here's a look at the best-sellers of 2014 so far, according to Nielsen:

  1. Frozen - Various
  2. Beyonce - Beyonce
  3. Outsiders - Eric Church
  4. Pure Heroine - Lorde
  5. Ghost Stories - Coldplay
  6. Now 49 - Various
  7. Crash My Party - Luke Bryan
  8. Prism - Katy Perry
  9. Now 50 - Various
  10. GIRL - Pharrell Williams

A Cat Power and Coldplay duet? Yes, please

In one of the best, yet most unusual collaborations we’ve seen all summer, Coldplay and Cat Power put their stylistic differences aside and combined vocals to create a dreamy, and oh so amazing tune, titled Wish I Was Here.

The song will act as the title track of Zach Braff’s upcoming movie, also titled Wish I Was Here - a Kickstarter-funded follow up to his 2004 directorial debut, Garden State.

The soundtrack also includes music from The Shins, Bon Iver, Paul Simon, The Weepies and The Head and the Heart.

You can listen to Wish I Was Here via NPR, here.

Subtle bombshell

In the most nonchalant, low-key "Oh, by the way" album release announcements of the week (and possibly music history), Pink Floyd is releasing their first new music in 20 years.

Polly Samson, married to vocalist David Gilmour, tweeted "Btw Pink Floyd album out in October is called 'The Endless River'. Based on 1994 session is Rick Wright's swansong and very beautiful."Rick Wright, as Floyd fans know, was the band's keyboardist and co-founder. He died in 2008 from cancer.

"It is an album of mainly ambient and instrumental music based on the 1993/4 Division Bell sessions which feature David Gilmour, Nick Mason and Richard Wright," the band wrote on their Facebook page, confirming the news. "Work is still in progress, but more details to come at the end of the Summer."

Wilco singer Jeff Tweedy releasing new album with son

Wilco’s Jeff Tweedy announced in June that he would be releasing a semi-solo album in September. However, it isn't completely solo because his 18-year-old son, Spencer, plays a role in quite a few of the songs.

"When I set out to make this record, I imagined it being a solo thing, but not in the sense of one guy strumming an acoustic guitar and singing, Tweedy told Pitchfork. "Spencer's been with me from the very beginning demo sessions, playing drums and helping the songs take shape. In that sense, the record is kind of like a solo album performed by a duo."

In June, the solo/duo gave us the first sampler of what to expect in the song I’ll Sing It - and now they’ve provided a second and even better song, titled Summer Noon.

The two go by the name of Tweedy and will release their debut album, Sukierae, on Sept. 23.

Hey, they may be the first solo/duo we’ve heard - but they sure are setting the bar high. You can rock out to Summer Noon at http://bit.ly/1oCfgNZ.

It only took them 20 minutes to write, but alt-J's new single isn't half bad

If you’re looking for some new summer music to jam out to, check out alt-J’s new single, Left Hand Free.

Left Hand Free is a slightly different sound for the English rock band, and maybe a little more like the Black Keys - but they’re fully aware and recently admitted to The Guardian that they only wrote the song to "appease their label."

They also said they wrote it in about 20 minutes using a joke riff and the most cliché drum melody they could come up with. They joked it would probably only appeal to truckers, but the label liked it and released it. And with more than 133,000 views on YouTube in one day, the single may well be on its way to a hit.

Maybe alt-J should look into writing some more quick hits.

Check it out at http://bit.ly/1mgigBw and see what you think of the band’s altered sound.

New Releases

Sia: 1000 Forms of Fear - July 8

Blackberry Smoke: Leave a Scar: Live in North Carolina - July 8

Magic!: Don't Kill the Magic - July 1

Hillsong: No Other Name - July 1

Trey Songz: Trigga (Deluxe Version) - July 1

Upcoming Releases

Jason Mraz: Yes! - July 15

Morrissey - World Peace Is None of Your Business - July 15

Weird Al Yankovic - Mandatory Fun - July 15

Anberlin - Lowborn - July 22

And finally ...

Josh Vietti is a self-proclaimed hip-hop violinist, mashing up contemporary music with a classical instrument.

In his first video of the summer, he tackles Pharrell William’s Happy, and we’re pretty happy about his fresh take on a hit that has seen its fair share of covers.

Have a music tip? Drop us a line on Twitter @AScottRNN or @ReporterJennRNN.

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