Grammys Boost 'Genius' To No. 1

Ray Charles scores first chart-topper since 1962.

The Grammy winner for album of the year, Ray Charles' "Genius Loves Company" (Concord/Hear Music) rockets from No. 15 to the top of The Billboard 200, earning the iconic artist his first No. 1 since 1962.

Spurred by the win, the album notches a 202% increase in U.S. sales to 224,000 units, according to Nielsen SoundScan. The set, which debuted at No. 2 in September 2004, has sold 2.4 million copies to date.

Charles, who posthumously won eight Grammys last week, scored his only other No. 1 with the ABC Paramount set "Modern Sounds in Country & Western Music," which spent 14 weeks at the summit.

Green Day jumps 3-2 with "American Idiot" (Reprise), the Grammy winner for best rock album, which gains 49% from last week to 202,000 units. The set switches places with the Game's "The Documentary" (Aftermath/G-Unit/Interscope), down 17% to 131,000.

Capitol's "Grammy Nominees 2005" compilation moves from No. 14 to a new peak of No. 4, on a 49% boost to 116,000 units. Usher's "Confessions" (LaFace/Zomba) rises 10-5, up 27% to 110,000.

Amid the slew of Grammy winners and performers that see a boost this week, 3 Doors Down's "Seventeen Days" (Republic/Universal) slips from its No. 1 debut spot last week to No. 6, on a 55% sales decline to 105,000 units.

John Legend's "Get Lifted" (Columbia) falls 6-7 on a 5% dip to 91,000, while Eminem's "Encore" (Shady/Aftermath/Interscope) jumps 11-8 on a 9% gain to 78,000.

Best new-artist winner Maroon 5 shoots 22-9 with "Songs About Jane" (Octone), up 35% to 78,000 units. Kelly Clarkson's "Breakaway" (RCA) rounds out the top 10, moving up from No. 13 despite a 7% sales decline to 76,000.

Among other notable Grammy-related gains, four-time winner Alicia Keys jumps 47-11 with "The Diary of Alicia Keys" (J), which sees a 148% gain to 74,000 units.

Other winners include John Mayer's "Heavier Things" (Columbia), up 42-19 and 85% to 60,000; U2's "How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb" (Interscope), up 34-20 and 42% to 57,000; Los Lonely Boys' self-titled Epic set, up 51-22 and 98% to 53,000; Kanye West's "The College Dropout" (Roc-A-Fella), up 99-33 and 201% to 44,000; Joss Stone's "Mind, Body & Soul" (S-Curve), up 85-42 and 93% to 33,000; and Queen Latifah's "The Dana Owens Album" (Interscope), up 71-48 and 50% to 29,000.

Debuting amidst the Grammy mayhem are "Disneymania 3" (Disney, No. 46), Intocable's "X" (EMI International, No. 62), Willie Nelson's "Songs" (Hip-O, No. 64) and the "Hitch" soundtrack (Sony, No. 90).

Overall U.S. album sales are down 2.3% from last week at 12.7 million units, a decline of 26% from the same week last year. Sales for the year to date are down 10.5% at 7.7 million.