In a week that saw both the Grammy Awards and the Valentine's Day holiday occur, The Billboard 200 gets all shook up. Big Grammy winners like Dixie Chicks fly (moving 72-8 with a 714% increase) while any album that seemed like an appropriate gift for a loved one takes a leap ... The late Gerald Levert has his highest-charting album ever on The Billboard 200 as "In My Songs" starts at No. 2 ... Lucinda Williams marks her best placing on the charts as her new "West" opens at No. 14 ... Van Morrison's unique soundtrack hits compilation debuts at No. 35. It's the singer/songwriter's 37th chart entry ... In Progress Reports, we've got news on a historic chart jump for Mana, continued gains for U.K. import Mika and the return of Nine Inch Nails to the Alternative/Modern Rock chart.




FLASH POINTS



• The potent combination of the Grammy Awards and Valentine's Day yields a Billboard 200 chart full of handsome gains and exciting shake-ups. This year's biggest Grammy winners -- Dixie Chicks -- see their "Taking the Long Way" album zoom 72-8 following the group's five wins. That's the biggest-ever Grammy-related jump into the top 10 ... The set is up a whopping 714% and sold 103,000 last week. Last year's album of the year winner, U2's "How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb," had already left the top 100 by the time it won. In the week following the Grammy Awards, the album shot 175-49 with a 427% increase, selling 27,000 copies. Other recent album of the year winners that made hard charges the week after the awards: Ray Charles' "Genius Loves Company" (15-1 with 224,000; up 202%), Norah Jones' "Come Away With Me" (3-1 with 621,000; up 331%) and the "O Brother, Where Art Thou?" soundtrack (15-2 with 209,000; up 259%).


• Other acts and albums that bask in the glow of Grammy include ... the "Grammy Nominees 2007" set (7-3, up 116%) ... Nominee and performer Corinne Bailey Rae moves 9-4 with her self-titled album (up 132%) ... Winners that also performed on the show are usually guaranteed to see big bumps: Witness Justin Timberlake (10-7, up 123%), John Mayer (29-10, up 182%), Red Hot Chili Peppers (39-12, up 194%), Carrie Underwood (19-13, up 60%), Mary J. Blige (57-21, up 161%), John Legend (51-23, up 138%), Beyonce (25-25, but up 13%), Christina Aguilera (58-41, up 66%), Gnarls Barkley (111-44, up 192%), Tony Bennett (95-45, up 147%), Ludacris (65-48, up 64%) and T.I. (152-137, up 25%). Often, just getting a performance slot on the show is an award in itself. Though they went home without a trophy, nominees Rascal Flatts (21-17, up 27%), James Blunt (108-47, up 152%), Chris Brown (89-80, up 19%), Lionel Richie (185-123, up 71%) and Shakira (a re-entry at No. 144, up 122%) turned in performances that got consumers' attention. Even show-openers the Police -- who obviously weren't up for any awards -- see their "Every Breath You Take - The Classics" re-enter Top Pop Catalog Albums at No. 39 with a 116% jump.


• The Valentine's Day holiday always guarantees spikes for albums that seem perfect for warm 'n' fuzzy gifting. With the holiday falling on a Wednesday this year, its impact on the chart has been spread out over two weeks. This week's chart sees sales from Feb. 12-14 -- still enough to generate spikes for many titles on The Billboard 200. At least 20 albums that scream "Be my valentine" see gains this week. The most obvious candidate is Norah Jones' "Not Too Late" which returns to No. 1 despite a drop in sales (210,000; down 11%) after spending its second chart week at No. 2 ... Other acts that seemingly benefitted from Valentine's Day purchases include: the aforementioned Rae, Legend and Mayer; late R&B singer Gerald Levert (No. 2 debut with 165,000 -- see below); Carrie Underwood (19-13, up 60%); Josh Groban (17-19, up 11%); the Beatles (41-36, up 28%); Van Morrison (No. 35 debut with 29,000 -- see below); Tony Bennett (95-45, up 147%); U2 (78-64, up 33%); Frank Sinatra (105-101, up 14%); Rod Stewart (131-120, up 23%); Kenny G (123-116, up 18%); and Dave Koz (144-141, up 13%) ... On Top Pop Catalog, the beneficiaries of the holiday are obvious. Besides Jones' "Come Away With Me" rising to No. 1, her "Feels Like Home" climbs 35-13 (up 67%). Other acts that probably appealed to the Valentine's Day shopper: Groban (Nos. 3 and 21), Stewart (No. 45), Stevie Wonder (No. 12), Lionel Richie (No. 15) and Michael Buble (No. 8). Each album rose at least 13%.


• Though last week wasn't a major one for new releases, the few albums that did bow Feb. 13 do make some chart noise. Levert earns his highest-charting album ever, as "In My Songs" debuts at No. 2 on The Billboard 200, selling 165,000. That's his best sales week recorded since Nielsen SoundScan began tracking data in 1991. As a soloist, Levert had never climbed higher than No. 6, though as part of the supergroup LSG, he reached No. 4 with "Levert.Sweat.Gill." ... Lucinda Williams also achieves her highest-charting album ever, as "West" bows at No. 14 with 57,000 units. Her last studio set, 2003's "World Without Tears," started at No. 18 with 54,000 ... Van Morrison's 37th chart entry, "At the Movies," premieres at No. 35 on The Billboard 200. The set is a compilation of his singles used in films, including his live collaboration with Roger Waters on Pink Floyd's "Comfortably Numb" from Martin Scorcese's "The Departed."




The Billboard 200

Sales data provided and compiled from Nielsen SoundScan
1 2 NORAH JONES Not Too Late (Blue Note / BLG) *11 4 AKON Konvicted (Konvict / Upfront / SRC / Universal Motown / UMRG)
*2 New GERALD LEVERT In My Songs (Atlantic / AG) *12 39 RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS Stadium Arcadium (Warner Bros. )
*3 7 VARIOUS ARTISTS Grammy Nominees 2007 (Grammy / Sony BMG CMG) *13 19 CARRIE UNDERWOOD Some Hearts (Arista / Arista Nashville / RMG)
*4 9 CORINNE BAILEY RAE Corinne Bailey Rae (Capitol ) *14 New LUCINDA WILLIAMS West (Lost Highway )
5 1 FALL OUT BOY Infinity On High (Fueled By Ramen / Island / IDJMG) *15 15 NICKELBACK All The Right Reasons (Roadrunner / IDJMG)
*6 6 ROBIN THICKE The Evolution Of Robin Thicke (Star Trak / Interscope) *16 16 NELLY FURTADO Loose (Mosley / Geffen / Interscope)
*7 10 JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE FutureSex/LoveSounds (Jive / Zomba) *17 21 RASCAL FLATTS Me And My Gang (Lyric Street / Hollywood)
*8 72 DIXIE CHICKS Taking The Long Way (Columbia / Sony Music) 18 14 SOUNDTRACK Dreamgirls (Music World / Columbia / Sony Music)
*9 3 DAUGHTRY Daughtry (RCA / RMG) 19 17 JOSH GROBAN Awake (143 / Reprise / Warner Bros.)
*10 29 JOHN MAYER Continuum (Aware / Columbia / Sony Music) *20 26 FERGIE The Dutchess (will.i.am / A&M / Interscope)
* indicates titles with greatest sales gains this week





MARKET WATCH

• Album units, current chart week: 11.07 million units
• UP 12.7% from last issue's charts: 9.82 million units
• DOWN 10.5% from same week, 2006: 12.37 million units
• This week: The top nine albums sell more than 100,000 copies.
• This week last year on The Billboard 200: Jaheim's "Ghetto Classics" debuted at No. 1 with 152,000. The next-highest debut was Matchbook Romance's "Voices" at No. 43 with 28,000. The top five albums sold more than 100,000 units.



BORDERLINES

• The No. 1 album this week, Norah Jones' "Not Too Late" (Blue Note), sold 211,000.
• The No. 1 album for the same week of 2006, Jaheim's "Ghetto Classics" (Divine Mill/Warner Bros.), sold 152,000.
• Average total of the No. 1 album for the same week of the year during the past 10 years (1998-2007): 418,079.



PROGRESS REPORTS

• Mana makes history this week as its "Manda Una Senal" jumps 22-1 on Hot Latin Songs. That's the biggest leap to No. 1 ever on the chart. Previously, Julio Iglesias' "Lo Mejor De Tu Vida" had the largest position increase, when it ran 14-1 on June 6, 1987. All told, only six songs have jumped from outside the top 10 straight to No. 1. Aside from Iglesias' and Mana's songs, they include: Luis Fonsi's "Abrazar La Vida" (13-1 in 2004), Jennifer Pena's "Vivo Y Muero En Tu Piel" (13-1 in 2004), Paulina Rubio's "Te Quise Tanto" (12-1 in 2004) and Fonsi's "Tu Amor" (11-1 in 2007) ... "Manda Una Senal" is Mana's third consecutive No. 1 -- and fourth overall. The band is now tied with Los Bukis and La Mafia as the group with the most No. 1s on Hot Latin Songs.

• On the Active Rock radio chart, Hellyeah debuts at No. 32 with "You Wouldn't Know." The group, comprising members of Mudvayne, Pantera and Nothingface, will release its self-titled debut this spring on Epic ... On the Triple A chart, newcomer Mika rises 28-25 with his single "Grace Kelly." The track is currently lodged at No. 1 on the Official U.K. Singles Chart while his debut album, "Life in Cartoon Motion," is tops in the United Kingdom. Casablanca/Universal Republic will release the set in the United States March 27.

• Australian band Sick Puppies graces a Billboard chart for the first time as its "All the Same" single debuts at No. 37 on the Alternative/Modern Rock chart. The trio's U.S. album debut will arrive April 3 through Virgin ... Also on the Alternative tally, Nine Inch Nails returns to the chart with "Survivalism" at No. 28. It's the first single from "Year Zero," due April 17. "Survivalism's" debut is a far cry from the No. 8 entry that greeted "The Hand That Feeds" in 2005. Of course, at that point, "Hand" was the first new music from NIN in nearly six years. Thus, pent-up demand for NIN helped the single crash the chart. "Survivalism" comes slightly less than two years since "Hand" hit the charts. With "Year Zero's" release in April, it will be the shortest span of time between full-length studio albums for NIN. About two years will separate 2005's "With Teeth" and "Year Zero," as opposed to the ice age-length periods between 1989's "Pretty Hate Machine," 1994's "The Downward Spiral," 1999's "The Fragile" and 2005's "With Teeth."





Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums

Sales data provided and compiled from Nielsen SoundScan
*1 New GERALD LEVERT In My Songs (Atlantic / AG)
*2 1 ROBIN THICKE The Evolution Of Robin Thicke (Star Trak / Interscope)
*3 7 CORINNE BAILEY RAE Corinne Bailey Rae (Capitol )
*4 8 JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE FutureSex/LoveSounds (Jive / Zomba)
5 2 PRETTY RICKY Late Night Special (BlueStar / Atlantic / AG)
*6 16 SOUNDTRACK Tyler Perry's Daddy's Little Girls (Atlantic / AG)
*7 4 AKON Konvicted (Konvict / Upfront / SRC / Universal Motown / UMRG)
*8 9 MARY J. BLIGE Reflections (A Retrospective) (Matriarch / Geffen / Interscope)
9 3 SOUNDTRACK Dreamgirls (Music World / Columbia / Sony Music)
10 5 YOUNG JEEZY The Inspiration (Corporate Thugz / Def Jam / IDJMG)
* indicates titles with greatest sales gains this week
Top Country Albums

Sales data provided and compiled from Nielsen SoundScan
*1 11 DIXIE CHICKS Taking The Long Way (Columbia / Sony Music)
*2 2 CARRIE UNDERWOOD Some Hearts (Arista / Arista Nashville / RMG)
*3 3 RASCAL FLATTS Me And My Gang (Lyric Street / Hollywood)
*4 5 KEITH URBAN Love, Pain & The Whole Crazy Thing (Capitol Nashville )
*5 4 RODNEY ATKINS If You're Going Through Hell (Curb )
*6 7 TAYLOR SWIFT Taylor Swift (Big Machine )
*7 8 BRAD PAISLEY Time Well Wasted (Arista Nashville / SBN)
*8 9 JOSH TURNER Your Man (MCA Nashville / UMGN)
9 1 JASON MICHAEL CARROLL Waitin' In The Country (Arista Nashville / SBN)
10 6 VARIOUS ARTISTS Totally Country 6 (Sony BMG CMG )
* indicates titles with greatest sales gains this week
Top Heatseekers

Sales data provided and compiled from Nielsen SoundScan
1 1 SILVERSUN PICKUPS Carnavas (dangerbird )
*2 7 IMOGEN HEAP Speak For Yourself (RCA Victor )
*3 3 UNK Beat'n Down Yo Block (Big Oomp / Koch)
*4 6 BULLET FOR MY VALENTINE The Poison (Trustkill )
*5 8 YURIDIA Habla El Corazon (Sony BMG Norte )
6 5 RODRIGO Y GABRIELA Rodrigo Y Gabriela (ATO )
7 2 PETER BJORN AND JOHN Writer's Block (Almost Gold )
8 10 ROCCO DELUCA & THE BURDEN I Trust You To Kill Me (Ironworks )
9 15 ELISABETH WITHERS It Can Happen To Anyone (Blue Note / BLG)
*10 New KINTO SOL Los Hijos Del Maiz (Univision / UG)
* indicates titles with greatest sales gains this week
Top Pop Catalog Albums

Sales data provided and compiled from Nielsen SoundScan
*1 3 NORAH JONES Come Away With Me (Blue Note / BLG)
2 1 SELAH Hiding Place (Curb )
3 5 JOSH GROBAN Closer (143 / Reprise / Warner Bros.)
4 4 GUNS N' ROSES Greatest Hits (Geffen / Interscope)
5 6 BOB SEGER & THE SILVER BULLET BAND Greatest Hits (Capitol )
*6 7 RASCAL FLATTS Feels Like Today (Lyric Street / Hollywood)
*7 41 JOHN LEGEND Get Lifted (G.O.O.D. / Columbia / Sony Music)
8 8 MICHAEL BUBLE It's Time (143 / Reprise / Warner Bros.)
*9 12 TIM MCGRAW Greatest Hits (Curb )
*10 47 JOHN MAYER Heavier Things (Aware / Columbia / Sony Music)
* indicates titles with greatest sales gains this week




A LOOK AHEAD

• Among the titles released this week, due on next week's charts: the "Kidz Bop 11" album, Erasure's "On the Road to Nashville" and Tobymac's "Portable Sounds."
• Next week's Billboard 200 competes with the same week in 2006 when: the High School Musical soundtrack climbed 6-1, celebrating its first week atop the chart (101,000). The Hot Shot Debut came at No. 2 with the "Kidz Bop 9" album (98,000). Only the No. 1 album sold more than 100,000 units.

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