Grammy Wave Carries Jones Back To No. 1
A sales rush following Norah Jones' five wins at last week's Grammy Awards propels her debut album, "Come Away With Me," back to No. 1 on The Billboard 200. In the week following the Grammy broadcast,A sales rush following Norah Jones' five wins at last week's Grammy Awards propels her debut album, "Come Away With Me," back to No. 1 on The Billboard 200. In the week following the Grammy broadcast, the Capitol/Blue Note set sold a whopping 621,000 copies in the U.S., according to Nielsen SoundScan. The 331% sales increase for the album, which was No. 3 last week, sends Jones' to-date sales total over the 4 million mark.
Jones has an easy lead over 50 Cent's "Get Rich or Die Tryin'" (Shady/Interscope), which sold 423,000 copies, a 19% decline from the previous week, and remains at No. 2. After opening at No. 1, R. Kelly saw a typical sophomore week slump with his latest Jive album, "Chocolate Factory." Sales of the set slid 55% to 278,000 copies, and the album drops to No. 3.
Jones was far from the only artist to benefit from the Grammy telecast, as five of The Billboard 200's top-10 albums saw sales rises in the week following the ceremony. The Dixie Chicks' three wins boosted sales of the trio's "Home" (Monument/Columbia) 60% to 202,000 copies. The set maintains its No. 4 post on the main chart and No. 1 on Billboard's Top Country Albums tally. Meanwhile, the Warner Strategic Marketing Grammy nominees compilation jumps 10-6 on a 76% sales increase to 113,000 copies.
Kid Rock -- who performed with Sheryl Crow during the Grammys -- earned a 4% sales boost to 106,000 copies sold of his Atlantic album "Cocky," but the set dips 5-7. Grammy performer and winner John Mayer saw a 117% sales burst to 97,000 copies of his Aware/Columbia album "Room for Squares, " which sends the set up 17-8 on the chart.
Although Arista's five-time nominee Avril Lavigne left the awards empty handed, her debut album, "Let Go," earned a 13% sales increase to 97,000 copies, although the set falls down 7-9 on The Billboard 200.
Multiple award winners Eminem and Coldplay both saw hefty sales gains, and their albums accordingly take leaps on the chart. "The Eminem Show" (Shady/Interscope) rose 18-12 on a 40% increase to sales of 62,600 copies. Coldplay's "A Rush of Blood to the Head" (Capitol) moves 22-13 on a 45% increase to sales of 61,500 copies.
Bruce Springsteen, who appeared in a pair of performances and left with three awards, rebounds mightily with his latest, "The Rising." The Columbia album blasts 109-27 on a 232% sales explosion to 36,000 copies. Similarly, No Doubt and India.Arie also return to the top-half of The Billboard 200 following Grammy glory. No Doubt's "Rock Steady" (Interscope) soars 106-68 on a 60% sales jump to 17,000 copies, and Arie's "Voyage to India" (Motown) cruises 101-75 on a 39% increase to 16,000 copies.
Newcomer Freeway has an incredibly impressive debut with his "Philadelphia Freeway." The Def Jam set from Jay-Z's protege opens at No. 5 on sales of 132,000 copies. Also new on The Billboard 200 this week is the latest from B.G., "Livin' Legend," his first for the Koch label after parting ways with Cash Money. The rapper lands at No. 21, tying the entry of his 2000 set "Checkmate."