You know who won the Grammys, but who got the biggest sales bump from the show? We won't know the full story until next week, when The Billboard 200 will reflect a full week of post-telecast sales. This week's chart reflects pre-show buzz and digital sales during or immediately after the show. Four albums by artists who won Grammys and/or performed on the show posted sales increases of 90% or more. Kacey Musgraves's "Same Trailer Different Park," which was a surprise winner for Best Country Album, vaults from #81 to #28, with sales up 147% over last week. Taylor Swift's "Red," which was shut out in the awards, jumps from #84 to #36, with sales up 105%. Sara Bareilles's "The Blessed Unrest," which was also shut out (but won just by being nominated for Album of the Year), jumps from #45 to #24, with sales up 92%. Daft Punk's "Random Access Memories," which won Album of the Year and Best Dance/Electronica Album, jumps from #83 to #39, with sales up 91%.
In addition, the "2014 Grammy Nominees" compilation debuts at #2. That equals the highest chart ranking to date for an album in this long-running franchise, now in its 20th year. This is the 13th installment to reach the top 10, which makes "Grammy Nominees" one of the most successful franchises in music history. It trails only the "Now" franchise, which has spawned 53 top 10 albums, Kidz Bop Kids’ "Kidz Bop" (18 top 10 albums) and "Glee" (15 top 10 albums and EPs). (The "Grammy Nominees" franchise is at a disadvantage in this comparison because it’s an annual series, whereas the others churn out new releases every few months.)
The Grammy telecast was #1 for the week in the TV ratings. The show averaged 28.51 million viewers, making it the second most-watched Grammys since 1994.
The "Frozen" soundtrack returns to #1 for a third week in the lead. It's the first soundtrack to spend three or more weeks at #1 since "High School Musical 2" (the soundtrack to a made-for-TV movie on the Disney Channel) topped the chart for four weeks in 2007. "Frozen" is the first soundtrack from a theatrically-released movie to log three or more weeks at #1 since "Bad Boys II" topped the chart for four weeks in 2003.
All three of these albums spawned big hits. "Bad Boys II" yielded a #1 single, "Shake Ya Tailfeather" by Nelly/P. Diddy/Murphy Lee. "HSM 2" spawned three top 40 hits, including the top 10 "What Time Is It." "Frozen" is boosted by a top 30 hit, Idina Menzel's "Let It Go."
"Frozen" logs its ninth week at #1 on Top Soundtracks. The movie was in the top five at the box-office for the ninth straight weekend.
"Frozen" sold 50K digital copies this week, which puts it at #1 on Top Digital Albums for the fourth week.
A Great Big World's "Is There Anybody Out There?" debuts at #3. The duo's "Say Something" (a collabo with Christina Aguilera) is about to spend its seventh week in the top five on the Hot 100. Aguilera won a Grammy as Best New Artist of 1999. A Great Big World may well be a contender for that award next year.
Young the Giant's second studio album, "Mind Over Matter," debuts at #7. It's the indie rock band's first top 10 album. Its eponymous debut album peaked at #42 in 2010.
Every boss has rough weeks, and Bruce Springsteen is no exception. His new "High Hopes" tumbles from #1 to #8. It's his first album to spend just one week in the top five since 2006's "We Shall Overcome: The Seeger Sessions," a collection of songs made famous by folk legend Pete Seeger (who died on Monday). It's Springsteen's first studio album of original material not to spend two or more weeks in the top five since 1995's "The Ghost Of Tom Joad," which peaked at #11. "High Hopes" also drops out of the top spot on the U.K.'s Official Albums Chart, though it doesn't fall as far: It dips to #2.
"Dark Horse" by Katy Perry featuring Juicy J holds at #1 on Hot Digital Songs for the third week (294K). It sold 100K more than the week's #2 best-seller, "Talk Dirty" by Jason Derulo featuring 2 Chainz. "Dark Horse" is a sure thing to jump from #2 to #1 on the Hot 100, as you'll see later today when we post my Songs blogs.
Here's a recap of this week's top 10 albums.
The Top Five: The "Frozen" soundtrack rebounds from #2 to #1 in its ninth week (93K). This is its seventh week in the top 10 … "2014 Grammy Nominees" debuts at #2 (59K) … A Great Big World's "Is There Anybody Out There?" debuts at #3 (48K). It's the duo's first top 10 album... Beyonce's "Beyonce" holds at #4 for the second week in its seventh week (48K). It has been in the top five the entire time … Lorde's "Pure Heroine" rebounds from #7 to #5 in its 17th week (37K). This is its 12th week in the top 10.
The Second Five: Kidz Bop Kids' "Kidz Bop 25" drops from #3 to #6 in its second week (36K) … Young the Giant's "Mind Over Matter" debuts at #7 (34K). It's the band's first top 10 album … Bruce Springsteen's "High Hopes" drops from #1 to #8 in its second week (26K) … Katy Perry's "PRISM" holds at #9 for the second week in its 14th week (25K). This is its 13th week in the top 10 … Eminem's "The Marshall Mathers LP 2" drops from #8 to #10 in its 12th week (24K). It has been in the top 10 the entire time.
Jennifer Nettles' "That Girl" drops from #5 to #12. It holds at #1 on Top Country Albums for the second week. It's the first album by a female solo artist to top this chart for two or more weeks since Taylor Swift's "Red" led for 16 weeks in 2012-2013.
Two other albums drop out of the top 10 this week. Switchfoot's "Fading West" dives from #6 to #29. Imagine Dragons' "Night Visions" dips from #10 to #11.
Florida-based punk band Against Me! lands its first top 30 album as "Transgender Dysphoria Blues" (its sixth studio album) debuts at #23 … AER's "AER" debuts at #26. It's the R&B group's highest-charting album. "The Bright Side" reached #85 in August 2012.
The Beatles' box set "The U.S. Albums" debuts at #48. In addition, seven individual albums by the group are listed on this week's chart, led by "Hey Jude" at #72. The Fab Four first cracked the top 10 on The Billboard 200 50 years ago this week. "Meet The Beatles!" vaulted from #92 to #3 that week (behind The Singing Nun's eponymous debut album and Peter, Paul & Mary's "In The Wind.") "Meet The Beatles!" re-enters the chart this week at #171.
Ed Sheeran's "+" rebounds from #74 to #59 in its 81st week. The album debuted and peaked at #5 in June 2012. It has sold 764K copies. The album climbs to #1 on Top Catalog Albums for the first time…"Halcyon" by fellow Brit artist Ellie Goulding rebounds from #65 to #62 in its 57th week. The album has climbed as high as #9. The album logs its third week at #1 on the U.K.'s Official Albums Chart.
As of this week, Bob Marley & the Wailers have sold 20 million albums since January 1991, when Nielsen SoundScan began tracking music sales. As you might expect, "Legend" accounts for the bulk of that total. The compilation has sold 11,470,000 copies in the same period.
P!nk's "The Truth About Love Tour: Live From Melbourne" enters Top Music Videos at #1. It sold 13K copies, not bad for a music video. Pink's "The Truth About Love" album debuted at #1 in September 2012.
Coming Attractions: Look for Of Mice And Men's "Restoring Force" and Casting Crowns' "Thrive" to be next week's top new entries. Also due: Wisin's "El Regreso Del Sobreviviente."