Oscars Send Adele Flying Up Charts

Adele, Oscars
Adele, Oscars

Hello Again: Adele's '21' reunites with Billboard 200; Seth MacFarlane's jazz album makes solid gains

Thanks to the Academy Awards, Adele is flying high on the Billboard charts this week.

Her "21" album jumps four slots to No. 10 on the Billboard 200 albums chart, selling 27,000 with a gain of 17% in the week ending March 3. While the album doesn't feature her Academy Award-winning song "Skyfall," the set clearly benefits from Adele's performance of the tune on the Oscars (Feb. 24). This is the two-year-old album's first time back in the top 10 since Nov. 3, 2012, when it ranked at No. 9.


Adele's Oscar performance was her first live gig on TV -- or anywhere -- in more than a year. She last sang live during the BRIT Awards on Feb. 21, 2012.

As for the song "Skyfall," after a full week of impact post-Oscars, it charges 32-10 on the Digital Songs chart, selling 105,000 downloads (up 88%). Last week (ending Feb. 24), after only one night of impact from the Oscars, "Skyfall" sold 56,000 (up 56%).

In turn, on the Billboard Hot 100, "Skyfall" ascends 61-33. It's the tune's first time in the top 40 on the Hot 100 since the Dec. 8 chart.

Meanwhile, the "Les Miserables" soundtrack, which was feted in an ensemble performance at the Oscars, gains by 59% and moves 35-16 on the Billboard 200. The cast sang the film's "One Day More" on the show, which gains by 153% to sell 11,000 downloads for the week. The album's best-selling track last week was the iconic "I Dreamed a Dream," which sold 15,000 downloads (up 93%).

Oscar performances by Shirley Bassey and Barbra Streisand also triggered increases for the songs they performed on the show. Bassey's "Goldfinger" moved 3,000 (up 212%) while Streisand's "The Way We Were" climbed 29% to 3,000.

The Oscar show's tribute to the musicals "Chicago" and "Dreamgirls" didn't have much impact. The "Chicago" album sold just under 1,000 copies for the week (up 33%) while the "Dreamgirls" album sold less than 1,000 (and was down by 14%). For the number, Catherine Zeta-Jones and Jennifer Hudson performed "All That Jazz" and "And I Am Telling You I'm Not Going," respectively. The former sold less than 1,000 downloads for the week, while "And I Am Telling You" did 2,000 (up 15%).

In one final Oscars-related note, the show's host, Seth MacFarlane, re-enters Heatseekers Albums with his jazz effort "Music Is Better Than Words." It returns to the list at No. 29 with 1,000 sold -- a gain of 146% compared to the previous week. It is the set's best sales week since Christmas of 2011.

It also jumps up the Traditional Jazz Albums chart 16-5 -- the album's highest rank on that chart since the Nov. 12, 2011-dated list.


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