Canadian acts involved in the Winter Olympics closing ceremony in Vancouver have received a big boost in sales.
"Sounds of Vancouver 2010: Opening Ceremony," an album by EMI Music Canada that featured the music from the opening ceremony of the game, hit No. 6 on Canadian album charts last week, while "Canada's Hockey Anthems" debuted at No. 20, according to Nielsen Soundscan.
EMI released a second "Sounds of Vancouver 2010: Closing Ceremony" album on Tuesday (March 2) with performances from that final Feb. 28 event, which included Neil Young, Michael Buble, Alanis Morissette and Avril Lavigne.
Television ratings in the U.S for the closing ceremony rose 47% to more than 23 million compared with the last winter games in Torino, with Canadian viewers estimated at 14.3 million. Some pundits have been critical of the obvious lip-syncing to pre-recorded tracks at the games by the likes of Buble and Nikki Yanofsky, the Canadian teenager who performed "Let's Have a Party," at the closing ceremony in BC Place.
The game's Cultural Olympiad, a series of concerts held over a month-long period which included performances by Feist, Barenaked Ladies, Phoenix and Lou Reed, was witnessed by upwards of 1.5 million spectators, Winter Olympics officials estimate.
While artists involved in the closing ceremonies have had little impact on American or U.K. charts, iTunes' Canadian chart is dominated by acts involved in the games, including Yanofsky's "I Believe," used as the theme for television network CTV, as well as Nickelback's "Burn to the Ground," which the group performed at the closing ceremony.
Morissette's "Wunderkind," which she sang on Sunday, is also in the Top 10 Canadian tracks on iTunes Canada.