Grammy Awards Push Gains for 18 of Top 40 Albums on Billboard 200

This week on the Billboard 200, the Grammy Awards trigger gains for 18 of the top 40 albums -- including seven in the top 10.

In total, nine charting albums see gains of 100% or more as a result of performances during the ceremony, according to Nielsen SoundScan.

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A year ago, in the first week after the show, there were six albums that posted gains of 100% or larger. That figure grew to nine if one counted three Whitney Houston albums that each increased by more than 100% that week. (The singer died the day before the Feb. 12, 2012 Grammy Awards, and was celebrated in a performance by Jennifer Hudson on the show.)

2012's biggest Grammy winner, Adele, saw her "21" album earn a 207% increase in the week after the show. It held at No. 1 that week, moving from 237,000 to 730,000 sold. The diva easily garnered the lion's share of buzz from the 2012 Grammys, after earning six trophies and making her return to the performance stage after throat surgery.

This year, unlike at the 2012 ceremony, there wasn't one single artist that stole the spotlight.

Mumford & Sons' "Babel" is the big winner of this year's show, as album of the year returns to No. 1 for a fourth non-consecutive week with 185,000 (up 242%). It was No. 4 last week.

The "2013 Grammy Nominees" compilation -- featuring an array of Grammy-nominated songs -- jumps 11-2 with 88,000 (up 136%). It's the highest-charting week ever for the "Grammy Nominees" series, which launched in 1995. It also earns its best sales week since "Grammy Nominees 2007" moved 131,000 the week after the 2007 show. The franchise has logged 12 top 10 sets.

Mumford & Sons Return to No. 1 on Billboard 200

Performers Bruno Mars, Taylor Swift, the Lumineers, fun. and Maroon 5 all gain with their latest albums as well (Nos. 3, 4, 6, 7 and 9). Of the seven Grammy-related titles in the top 10, all but one jumped by more than 100% in sales this past week.

Elsewhere in the top 40, this week's Billboard magazine cover star, Miguel, saw his "‪Kaleidoscope Dream‬" album leap 58-39 with 17,000 sold (up 91%).

Perhaps because of the large shadow cast by the Grammys, few major acts released new albums last week. This week's highest debut is down at No. 13, where rock band Bullet For My Valentine's "Temper Temper" starts with 43,000. The group's last set, 2010's "Fever," started at No. 3 with 71,000.

A year ago, the top post-Grammy week debut was an EP by Amos Lee titled "As the Crow Flies," which entered at No. 67.

Overall album sales in this past chart week (ending Feb. 17) totaled 6.81 million units, up 17% compared with the sum last week (5.81 million) and down 12% compared with the comparable sales week of 2012 (7.72 million) -- when Adele rocked the chart.

Year to date album sales stand at 39.12 million, down 6% compared to the same total at this point last year (41.70 million).

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