Forty-three artists performed on the Grammy telecast on Jan. 26, either alone or in collaborations. After a full week of sales, Lorde
wins bragging rights as the performer on the show with the highest-charting album. Her debut album, "Pure Heroine," rebounds from #5 to #3 on The Billboard 200, equaling its highest ranking to date. It trails only the "Frozen" soundtrack and the "2014 Grammy Nominees" compilation—which contains Lorde's breakthrough smash, "Royals."
Lorde won two Grammys: Song of the Year and Best Pop Solo Performance, both for "Royals." This strong showing with both Grammy voters and the record-buying public makes up for the fact that Lorde was inexplicably passed over for a Grammy nomination for Best New Artist.
"Pure Heroine" sold 50K digital copies this week, which puts it at #1 on Top Digital Albums for the first time.
Albums by four other artists who performed on the Grammys are listed in the top 10 on this week's Billboard 200. Beyonce's "Beyonce" dips from #4 to #5. Imagine Dragons' "Night Visions" rebounds from #11 to #8. Katy Perry's "PRISM" holds at #9. Daft Punk's "Random Access Memories" leaps from #39 to #10.
This marks the first appearance in the top 10 for
"Random Access Memories" since July. The album, which took Album of the Year, sold 30K copies this week. That's a far cry from the last two Album of the Year winners. Two years ago, Adele's
"21" (admittedly, a once-in-a-decade phenomenon) sold 730K copies in the first full week following the show. Last year, Mumford & Sons'
"Babel" sold 185K copies in the equivalent period. Both of these albums ranked #1 in the week following the telecast.
"2014 Grammy Nominees" holds at #2 for the second week. It's the 20th volume in this long-running franchise, and the second in a row to reach #2. The album features five acts who have albums of their own in this week's top 10: Lorde, Bruno Mars, Imagine Dragons, Katy Perry and Daft Punk.
Bruno Mars' "Unorthodox Jukebox" vaults from #18 to #7 in the immediate wake of his half-time performance at the Super Bowl. (The sales tracking period closed just hours after the Super Bowl aired.) An estimated 115.3 million viewers watched Mars' performance, making it the most-watched Super Bowl halftime performance in history.
This is the album's first appearance in the top 10 since the week ending September 1. "Jukebox" is one of two albums in the current top 10 that has placed in the top 10 in 2012, 2013 and 2014. The other is Imagine Dragons' "Night Visions."