Grammy-Winning 'Genius' Rises To No. 1
On the heels of taking the Grammy's album of the year honors, Ray Charles earns his first No. 1 album in more than four decades with his final studio set, "Genius Loves Company." The title rockets 15-On the heels of taking the Grammy's album of the year honors, Ray Charles earns his first No. 1 album in more than four decades with his final studio set, "Genius Loves Company." The title rockets 15-1 on The Billboard 200, riding a 202% increase to sales of 224,000 copies in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan.
Released in September, three months after Charles' death, the Concord/Hear Music duets album debuted at No. 2 and has sold 2.4 million copies to date. The set generated eight Grammy wins during last week's ceremony, including record of the year and best pop collaboration with vocals for "Here We Go Again" with Norah Jones.
"Brother Ray" reached the summit on Billboard's main album chart only once previously in 1962 with "Modern Sounds in Country & Western Music" (ABC Paramount), which spent 14 weeks at No. 1.
As Charles leads a slew of Grammy victors and performers receiving an expected post-ceremonial boost, last week's No. 1 debut, 3 Doors Down's "Seventeen Days" (Republic/Universal), slips to No. 6 on a 55% sales decline to 105,000 copies.
Green Day's best rock album winner "American Idiot" (Reprise) jumps 3-2 with a 49% gain to 202,000. The set switches places with the Game's "The Documentary" (Aftermath/G-Unit/Interscope), sales of which slipped 17% to 131,000 units.
Capitol's "Grammy Nominees 2005" reaches its highest peak to date with a 14-4 move on a 49% boost to 116,000 copies, while Usher's best contemporary R&B album-winning "Confessions" (LaFace/Zomba) rises 10-5 thanks to a 27% increase to 110,000.
Despite a much talked about performance with Kanye West, Mavis Staples and the Blind Boys of Alabama, newcomer John Legend's Columbia debut "Get Lifted" bucked the trend, with sales slipping 5% to 91,000, prompting a 6-7 drop on the chart. Right behind him is Eminem's "Encore" (Shady/Aftermath/Interscope), which saw a 9% increase to 78,000 and jumps 11-8.
Best new artist winner Maroon5 sees "Songs About Jane" (Octone) shoot 22-9 on a 35% bounce to 78,000 copies. Kelly Clarkson's "Breakaway" (RCA) makes a three-slot gain to round out the top 10 despite a 7% dip to sales of 76,000 copies.
Several titles outside of The Billboard 200's top tier see notable Grammy-related moves, including four-time winner Alicia Keys' "The Diary of Alicia Keys" (J), which jumps 47-11 on a 148% gain to 74,000 copies.
John Mayer's "Heavier Things" (Columbia), which features song of the year honoree "Daughters" jumps 42-19 on an 85% increase to 60,000. U2, who won the best rock performance by a duo or group with vocal award for "Vertigo," sees its latest album, "How To Dismantle an Atomic Bomb" (Interscope), rise 34-20 on a 42% boost to 57,000.
With a best pop performance by a duo or group with vocal trophy on their shelf for "Heaven," Los Lonely Boys celebrate a 51-22 move for their self-titled Epic debut, thanks to a 98% sales increase to 53,000. West, who took three awards, including best rap song for "Jesus Walks," watches his Roc-A-Fella debut, "The College Dropout," shoot 99-33 on a 201% gain to 44,000.
Joss Stone shared the Grammy stage with Melissa Etheridge for a spellbinding tribute to Janis Joplin, and this week sees her full-length debut, "Mind, Body & Soul" (S-Curve) rise 85-42 on a 93% sales gain to 33,000. And host Queen Latifah saw sales of her traditional pop turn "The Dana Owens Album" (Vector) increase 50% to 29,000, giving her a 71-48 boost on the chart. The rapper-turned-actress-turned-singer performed "Lush Life"/"Baby Get Lost" during the ceremony.
The Billboard 200's top debut amidst the Grammy mayhem is Disney's "Disneymania 3" compilation, which bows at No. 46. Other notable entries include Intocable's "X" (EMI International, No. 62), Willie Nelson's "Songs" (Hip-O, No. 64) and the Sony soundtrack to the Will Smith film "Hitch" (No. 90), which has been the No. 1 draw at the U.S. box office for two consecutive weekends.
Overall U.S. album sales were down 2.3% from the previous week at 12.7 million units, a slope of 26% from the same week last year. Sales for 2005 are down 10.5% from last year at 7.7 million units.