The Grammy Awards were very, very good to a lot of your favourite artists who took home golden gramophones. But just about anyone who performed, was honoured or scored hardware on the show will get a major bump on the Billboard 200 charts next week.
The biggest leap was for Album of the Year winners Mumford & Sons, whose Babel shot up three spots to #1 on sales of nearly 185,000, up 242 percent from the week before, according to figures provided by Nielsen SoundScan.
The 2013 Grammy Nominees compilation was just behind at #2 (up 136 percent and nine spots with 88,000), followed by Bruno Mars’ Unorthodox Jukebox (up five spots and 112 percent to #3 on sales of 86,000) and Taylor Swift’s Red (up eight spots and 106 percent to #12 on sales of 72,000).
Other Grammy boosts were enjoyed by performers the Lumineers, whose self-titled debut was up 70 percent and four spots to #10 (67,000), double winners Fun., whose Some Nights was up seven spots and 118 percent to #7 on sales of 66,000 and performers Maroon 5, whose Overexposed was up 10 to #20 as sales ballooned by 119 percent to 48,000.
It was a good week for winners the Black Keys, with a 135 percent increase for El Camino (up 15 spots to #14 on sales of 43,000), as well as double performer Rihanna, with Unapologetic, up 71 percent to #15 (41,000) and country cutie Hunter Hayes, up 10 spots to #17 with his self-titled debut (33,000).
Alabama Shakes rose 23 spots to #20 with Boys & Girls (up 130 percent on 30,000) as was late reggae icon Bob Marley perennially strong-selling collection Legend, which was up 269 percent to #34 (20,000) following a tribute by Mars, Rihanna, Sting and sons Ziggy and Damian.
Boosts also came for Carrie Underwood, Alicia Keys, Miguel, Zac Brown Band, Frank Ocean, Kelly Clarkson and Jack White.
Pre-orders for Justin Timberlake’s comeback album, The 20/20 Experience, were good enough to land him the #2 spot on the iTunes album chart, which also featured a return appearance from Grammy performer Ed Sheeran at #10 with +.
Next week’s debuts include albums by Trinidad James, Atlas Genius and Celtic Thunder.
Billboard 200 charts:
1) Mumford & Sons, Babel (185,000)
2) 2013 Grammy Nominees (88,000)
3) Bruno Mars, Unorthodox Jukebox (86,000)
4) Taylor Swift, Red (72,000)
5) Josh Groban, All That Echoes (72,000)
6) Lumineers, self-titled (67,000)
7) Fun., Some Nights (66,000)
8) NOW 45 (63,000)
9) Andrea Bocelli, Passione (48,000)
10) Maroon 5, Overexposed (48,000)
The run just keeps going for Macklemore and Ryan Lewis on the iTunes singles chart, where they held on to the #1 spot, keeping Rihanna’s “Stay” at #2, followed by the inescapable “Harlem Shake” by Baauer, Mars’ “When I Was Your Man” and Timberlake’s “Suit & Tie.” Drake was in at #8 with his new single, “Started From the Bottom” and Timberlake doubled up with his meditative single “Mirrors” at #9.
In fact, Mack and Lewis had their best week ever on the Billboard Digital Songs chart, holding down #1 for a sixth week as sales were up six percent to 412,000, according to the magazine. After performing “Stay” with Mikky Ekko at the Grammys, the Rihanna song was up 23 spots to #2, as sales ballooned by 358 percent to 306,000.
After its commercial release last June, Baauer’s “Shake” finally debuted on the Digital chart at #3 on sales of 262,000, up 1,359 percent as the flood of viral videos began to explode across the globe.
Billboard Digital Songs Chart:
1) Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, “Thrift Shop” (412,000)
2) Rihanna, “Stay” (306,000)
3) Baauer, “Harlem Shake” (262,000)
4) Bruno Mars, “When I Was Your Man” (217,000)
5) Justin Timberlake, “Suit & Tie” (201,000)
6) Lumineers, “Ho Hey” (192,000)
7) Mumford & Songs, “I Will Wait” (177,000, up 70 percent)
8) Drake, “Started From the Bottom” (168,000, up 24 spots)
9) Timberlake, “Mirrors” (163,000)
10) Will.i.am “Scream & Shout” (158,000)
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