Jack Johnson's "Sleep Through the Static" holds at No. 1 on The Billboard 200 with 180,000 while Simple Plan's newest effort starts in the top 15 ... the Top Pop Catalog chart sees some unusually hot action this week, as an expanded reissue of Michael Jackson's 1982 "Thriller" album comes charging in at No. 1, selling 166,000 ... Many artists see great increases for their albums following performances and wins on the 50th Grammy Awards, including Amy Winehouse, Herbie Hancock, Foo Fighters and Kanye West ... Valentine's Day shopping spurs increases for many acts that were appropriate gift purchases for the holiday ... In Progress Reports, we've got news on Mariah Carey, R.E.M. and Rodney Atkins.
• Jack Johnson's "Sleep Through the Static" retains the crown on The Billboard 200 for a second week, selling 180,000. Trailing that album is the surging "Back to Black," by Amy Winehouse, which zooms from No. 24 to No. 2 with 115,000 and a 368% increase. It's a new chart high for the album as well as its best sales week. The set won the U.K. singer five Grammy Awards, including Record of the Year for the single "Rehab." She also performed on the broadcast, as did Album of the Year winner Herbie Hancock, who sees his "River: The Joni Letters" zip to No. 5 with 54,000 (up 967%). It was No. 159 last week with 5,000. "Letters" had previously peaked at No. 118 upon its debut last fall. The 54,000 sold for "Letters" also represents the best sales week for Hancock since Nielsen SoundScan began tracking data in 1991.
• More on the Grammys in a moment, but first, we switch our attention to the Top Pop Catalog Albums chart. Any title that is 18 months or older, including reissues of older albums, finds a home on this 50 position chart. That includes the 25th anniversary reissue of Michael Jackson's landmark 1982 album "Thriller." The set, expanded to include reworkings of some of the original album's songs by Akon, Kanye West, Fergie and will.i.am storms the chart at No. 1, selling 166,000. That's not only the best sales week for Jackson since 2001, but also the biggest number any catalog title has seen since Christmas week of 1996, when Kenny G's "Miracles - The Holiday Album," powered through 192,000.
• Ok, back to the Grammys! Other notable increases on The Billboard 200 this week go to Foo Fighters and Kanye West as both acts' current albums increase in sales by more than 70%. The former's "Echoes, Silence, Patience and Grace" flies from 65-22 with a 160% jump, shifting 33,000 for the week. The band not only performed on the show, but also took home the Best Rock Album trophy ... West, who scored numerous Grammy wins, including Best Rap Album, also sang on the broadcast. His "Graduation" effort climbs from No. 64 to No. 40 with a 74% gain, selling 23,000 ... Other albums on The Billboard 200 that benefit from either a Grammy performance or a televised win include Alicia Keys' "As I Am" (No. 3 with 109,000; up 36%), the "2008 Grammy Nominees" compilation (No. 4 with 72,000; up 40%), John Legend's Target-exclusive "Live From Philadelphia" (No. 12 with 40,000; up 209%), Carrie Underwood's "Carnival Ride" (No. 28 with 30,000; up 43%) and "Some Hearts" (No. 47 with 21,000; up 45%), Fergie's "The Dutchess" (No. 31 with 29,000; up 25%), Rihanna's "Good Girl Gone Bad" (No. 35 with 27,000; up 60%), Andrea Bocelli's "Vivere: Live in Tuscany" (No. 38 with 24,000; up 40%) and "The Best of Andrea Bocelli" (No. 61 with 17,000; up 75%).
• With Valentine's Day falling during the same week as the Grammy Awards, many albums see larger than expected increases, thanks to their appeal as a gift purchase for a beloved one. Aside from the aforementioned sets from Legend, Underwood and Bocelli, The Billboard 200 is riddled with albums that likely gained because of Valentine's Day, including Eagles' "Long Road Out of Eden" (No. 16 with 38,000; up 60%), Robert Plant and Alison Krauss' "Raising Sand" (No. 23 with 33,000; up 160%) and Celine Dion's "Taking Chances" (No. 55 with 19,000; up 141%). The latter also increases thanks to the diva's CBS prime time concert special, which aired on Feb. 15.
• Only two albums debut in the top 40 of The Billboard 200 this week, with Simple Plan's self-titled third studio set arriving at No. 14 (39,000) and the "WOW Gospel 2008" compilation coming in at No. 34 (28,000).
|The Billboard 200|
Sales data provided and compiled from Nielsen SoundScan
|1||1||JACK JOHNSON Sleep Through The Static (Brushfire / UMRG)||11||9||MILEY CYRUS Hannah Montana 2 (Soundtrack)/Meet Miley Cyrus (Walt Disney / Hollywood )|
|*2||24||AMY WINEHOUSE Back To Black (Universal Republic / UMRG)||*12||62||JOHN LEGEND Live From Philadelphia (G.O.O.D. / Columbia / Sony Music)|
|*3||3||ALICIA KEYS As I Am (MBK / J / RMG)||13||12||CHRIS BROWN Exclusive (Jive / Zomba)|
|*4||5||VARIOUS ARTISTS 2008 Grammy Nominees (Grammy / Hip-O / UMe)||*14||New||SIMPLE PLAN Simple Plan (Lava / Atlantic / AG)|
|*5||159||HERBIE HANCOCK River: The Joni Letters (Verve / VG)||*15||18||DAUGHTRY Daughtry (RCA / RMG)|
|6||6||SOUNDTRACK Juno (Fox / Rhino / AG)||*16||26||EAGLES Long Road Out Of Eden (ERC )|
|*7||10||TAYLOR SWIFT Taylor Swift (Big Machine )||17||4||LENNY KRAVITZ It Is Time For A Love Revolution (Virgin )|
|8||2||SHERYL CROW Detours (A&M / Interscope / IGA)||18||11||KEYSHIA COLE Just Like You (Confidential / Imani / Geffen / IGA)|
|9||7||MARY J. BLIGE Growing Pains (Matriarch / Geffen / IGA)||19||16||GARTH BROOKS The Ultimate Hits (Pearl )|
|*10||13||SOUNDTRACK Step Up 2: The Streets (Atlantic / AG)||20||8||K.D. LANG Watershed (Nonesuch / Warner Bros.)|
|* indicates titles with greatest sales gains this week|
• Album units, current chart week: 9.78 million units
• UP 16.1% from last issue's charts: 8.43 million units
• DOWN 11.6% from same week, 2007: 11.07 million units
• This week: the top three albums sell more than 100,000 copies.
• This week last year on The Billboard 200: Norah Jones' "Not Too Late" returned to No. 1 with 211,000. Gerald Levert's "In My Songs" bowed in the runner-up slot with 165,000. The next highest debut came at No. 14 with Lucinda Williams' "West" (57,000). The top nine albums sold more than 100,000.
• The No. 20 album this week, kd lang's "Watershed" (Nonesuch), sold 35,000.
• The No. 20 album for the same week of 2007, Fergie's "The Dutchess" (Geffen), sold 45,000.
• Average total of the No. 20 album for the same week of the year during the past 10 years (1999-2008): 51,261.
• Mariah Carey makes a triumphant return to the charts with her new single "Touch My Body." After less than six days at radio it blasts onto a whopping four airplay charts. "Touch" storms CHR/Top 40 (No. 32), Rhythmic Top 40 (No. 26), Urban (No. 23) and Urban AC (No. 39). By debuting on the CHR/Top 40 chart, Carey takes the lead for most hits in the list's 15-year history: "Touch" is her 26th entry, breaking a tie with Madonna. The song previews Carey's 15th album, "E=MC2," due April 15 ... Of course, with Madonna's new single nearly ready to be released, Carey's achievement could be short lived.
• Rodney Atkins makes it to the pinnacle of the Hot Country Songs chart for a fourth consecutive time, as "Cleaning This Gun (Come on in Boy)" jumps from No. 3 to No. 1. Atkins began his No. 1 roll in August 2006 with "If You're Going Through Hell (Before the Devil Even Knows)" and followed with "Watching You" (January 2007) and "These Are My People" (August 2007) ... R.E.M. returns to the Alternative/Modern Rock airplay chart for the first time in nearly seven years as "Supernatural Superserious" enters at No. 36. The track is the trio's first visit to the list since "Imitation of Life" hit No. 22 in May 2001 and marks the band's 26th chart appearance; the fourth most in the survey's 20-year history.