The rush of late-September album releases can only mean one thing: It's the end of the Grammy Awards eligibility period.
Superstars, critical darlings and Grammy bait litter the September release calendar in order to make the Sept. 30 cutoff for Grammy Awards consideration. (The 2012 period is for recordings released between Oct. 1, 2011 and Sept. 30, 2012.) The nominations will be announced in a CBS TV special on Dec. 5, following by the awards themselves on Feb. 10, 2013.
On last week's Billboard 200 chart, the top 10 welcomed debuts from two former Album of the Year nominees -- Dave Matthews Band and Bob Dylan. This week, we have high bows from three-time winner P!nk (No. 1 with "The Truth About Love"), the Killers (No. 3) and possible Best New Artist contender Carly Rae Jepsen (No. 6). The latter also seems a lock for a Record of the Year nod for her smash Billboard Hot 100 No. 1 single "Call Me Maybe.