While U2, Steely Dan and Eminem rocket up next week’s Billboard 200 fueled by post-Grammy sales, the World Wrestling Federation drops the People’s Elbow to crash into the top five.
Despite the Grammy push and the wrestling maneuvers, Shaggy remains #1 on the new Billboard chart with Hotshot, which sold more than 271,000 copies last week, according to sales figures issued by SoundScan on Wednesday (February 28). The resurgent, Jamaican-born dancehall singer has now topped the chart for four straight weeks.
Coming in right behind Shaggy was the newest World Wrestling Federation album, WWF: The Music, Vol. 5, which sold 176,000 copies to debut at #2.
The latest installment in the WWF series compiles the entrance music for the likes of K-Kwik, Kane, Raven, Kurt Angle, Chyna and Rikishi, among others, and features a new song, “Pie,” from Slick Rick and The Rock (who regained the WWF World Heavyweight Championship over the weekend in Las Vegas).
Rounding out the rest of the top 10 on the Billboard 200 are The Beatles 1 compilation, at #3, followed by Dido’s No Angel, the “Save the Last Dance” soundtrack, Jennifer Lopez’s J.Lo, Lenny Kravitz’s Greatest Hits, Ja Rule’s Rule 3:36, Crazy Town’s Gift of Game and Ludacris’ Back for the First Time.
Wins and performances at last week’s Grammy Awards helped propel sales for U2, Eminem, Steely Dan, Moby, Destiny’s Child and Shelby Lynne, with U2’s All That You Can’t Leave Behind and Steely Dan’s Two Against Nature getting the biggest sales boosts.
All That You Can’t Leave Behind jumped from #35 to #11 on the chart, selling about 85,000 copies last week. Even though the album wasn’t released in time to be considered for this year’s Grammys, U2 benefited from the three awards they took home for “Beautiful Day,” which won two of the biggest honors, Record of the Year and Song of the Year.
After winning the Album of the Year Grammy for Two Against Nature, a record that dropped off the Billboard 200 in August, Steely Dan vaulted all the way back to #54 with 31,000 copies sold — a tenfold increase from just 3,000 copies the previous week.
The 2001 Grammy Pop Nominees compilation, which features tracks from Destiny’s Child, ’NSYNC, Radiohead and Eminem, also got a post-awards bump, moving up from #25 to #12. Eminem’s The Marshall Mathers LP surged from #62 to #32, Moby’s Play went from #57 to #40, and Destiny’s Child’s The Writing’s on the Wall leapt up 20 places, from #66 to #46.
Album of the Year nominee and Grammy performer Paul Simon made a respectable chart and sales gain as well, advancing from #197 to #108 with You’re the One.
Country-soul singer Lynne, the Grammy winner for Best New Artist, has parlayed her award into an important chart first: The singer/songwriter’s acclaimed I Am Shelby Lynne album — her sixth studio effort — has become the first record of Lynne’s career to crack the Billboard 200, entering at #165.
Aside from WWF: The Music, Vol. 5, other notable albums debuting in the new albums chart include Songs 4 Worship: Shout to the Lord, at #67; Monster Ballads, Vol. 2, at #110; and Tortoise’s Standards, at #200.
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