The 2022 Grammy Awards shine on the Billboard 200 albums chart (dated April 16), as a bevy of albums see big moves and unit gains in the wake of the April 3 awards – including eye-catching climbs for Billie Eilish, Jon Batiste, Justin Bieber, Chris Stapleton and Silk Sonic.
The Billboard 200 chart ranks the most popular albums of the week in the U.S. based on multimetric consumption as measured in equivalent album units. Units comprise album sales, track equivalent albums (TEA) and streaming equivalent albums (SEA). Each unit equals one album sale, or 10 individual tracks sold from an album, or 3,750 ad-supported or 1,250 paid/subscription on-demand official audio and video streams generated by songs from an album.
On the latest Billboard 200, which reflects the U.S. sales and streaming tracking week of April 1-7, the highest-ranking beneficiary from the Grammy Awards is Olivia Rodrigo’s former No. 1 Sour. The set holds at No. 5 with 40,000 equivalent album units earned in the week ending April 7 (up 20%), according to Luminate, formerly MRC Data.
Rodrigo performed the album’s No. 1 Billboard Hot 100 hit “Drivers License” on the CBS-broadcast Grammy Awards, and won two trophies presented during the televised show (best pop vocal album, for Sour, and best new artist). Rodrigo additionally won best pop solo performance for “Drivers License,” but that award was presented earlier in the day, during the Grammy Awards Premiere Ceremony, which was not televised (though it was livestreamed on Grammy.com).
Doja Cat, who won the televised award for best pop duo/group performance for “Kiss Me More,” featuring SZA, sees her Planet Her album gain by 4% (the set’s track list includes “Kiss”). It is pushed down 9-10 on the Billboard 200 with 30,000 units. Doja Cat’s previous album, Hot Pink, also captures an increase, rising 109-99 with a 2% uptick (to 10,000 units).
Billie Eilish’s Happier Than Ever jumps 31-17 with 21,000 units (up 16%), following Eilish’s Grammy Awards performance of the album’s title track. Eilish was also nominated for seven trophies at the awards, including album of the year (for Happier), record of the year and song of the year (both for “Happier”). Eilish’s previous albums When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go? and Dont Smile at Me both move up the list as well (68-56 [14,000 units; up 6%] and 148-132 [9,000 units; up 3%], respectively).
Performer and nominee Justin Bieber bounds up the chart with his album of the year-nominated Justice, climbing 35-20 with 19,000 units (up 8%). On the Grammys, Bieber performed the album’s “Peaches,” featuring Daniel Caesar and Giveon, which was nominated for multiple awards, including record and song of the year.
Best new artist nominee The Kid LAROI sees his chart-topping F*ck Love move 28-22 with 18,000 (up less than 1%).
Performer and five-time winner Jon Batiste makes a splashy re-entry at No. 25 with We Are, which won album of the year. The set rallies a whopping 2,746% to 18,000 units earned for the week. It’s easily the album’s best week yet in terms of both units and chart rank. The set previously spent just one week on the chart, when it debuted at No. 86 on the April 3, 2021-dated list.
If We Are goes no higher on the Billboard 200, it will be the lowest-peaking winner of album of the year since 1995, when Tony Bennett’s MTV Unplugged peaked at No. 48 after taking home the award on March 1, 1995. Every other winner for album of the year, from the 1996 through 2021 ceremonies, peaked in the top 10 of the chart either before or after its win.
We Are also re-enters Billboard’s Top Album Sales chart at No. 3, a new high, with 12,000 sold (up 3,764%).
Chris Stapleton’s best country album winner Starting Over vaults 79-28 on the Billboard 200 with nearly 18,000 units (up 41%). Stapleton performed the album’s “Cold” on the show, and also took home the awards for best country song (for “Cold”) and best country solo performance (for the album’s “You Should Probably Leave”). Stapleton’s earlier album Traveller also gallops up the list, moving 63-49 with 15,000 units (up 10%).
Silk Sonic’s An Evening With Silk Sonic zooms 111-30 following the duo’s four wins and show-opening performance. The pair (Bruno Mars and Anderson .Paak) opened the Grammy Awards with the song “777” from the Evening album. Of the duo’s four wins, two were presented on-air: record of the year and song of the year, both for the album’s lead single “Leave the Door Open.”
Rounding out the Grammy gainers in the top 40 of the Billboard 200 is Lil Nas X’s Montero, as it rises 45-40 with 16,000 units (up 6%). On the Grammy Awards, Lil Nas X — who was a five-time nominee this year — performed a three-song medley of tunes from the album (“Dead Right Now,” the title track and “Industry Baby,” with Jack Harlow).
Other notable Grammy gainers on the Billboard 200, outside the top 40 but with at least a 10% increase each are: Jazmine Sullivan’s best R&B album winner Heaux Tales (re-entry at No. 164 with 8,000 units; up 32%), Tyler, the Creator’s best rap album winner Call Me If You Get Lost (129-88 with 11,000 units; up 23%), performer and nominee Jack Harlow’s Thats What They All Say (113-74 with 12,000 units; up 20%), Baby Keem’s The Melodic Blue (containing the best rap performance winner “Family Ties,” moving 93-70 with 13,000 units; up 13%), performer and winner H.E.R.’s Back Of My Mind (re-entry at No. 199 with 7,000 units; up 12%) and Taylor Swift’s album of the year-nominated Evermore (123-103 with 10,000 units; up 11%).