A combination of the Grammy Awards and a bumper crop of new releases will result in some new residents sitting atop next week’s Billboard 200 albums chart. Alanis Morissette’s Under Rug Swept will send Jennifer Lopez packing when it debuts in the top position, selling over 215,000 copies, according to SoundScan data released Wednesday (March 6).
Coming in at #2 will be the Grammys’ Album of the Year, the “O Brother, Where Art Thou?” soundtrack, selling nearly 210,000 copies. Kylie Minogue’s new offering, Fever, will round out the top three, moving nearly 115,000 units.
Alicia Keys, who took home five awards, will take fourth place when Songs in A Minor moves up 16 spots, selling more than 100,000 copies. Cher will debut at #9 with Living Proof, which sold over 82,000. And Record of the Year winners U2 will move up 18 places, landing All That You Can’t Leave Behind at #10.
After that, a few of the familiar faces return to the lineup: Linkin Park’s Hybrid Theory will come in at #5, Alan Jackson’s Drive at #6, Jennifer Lopez’s J to Tha L-O! at #7 and Ludacris’Word of Mouf at #8.
In the week of the Grammy bump, even losers can be winners. While she walked away empty-handed from the ceremony, India.Arie will enjoy a sales boost when her Acoustic Soul jumps 18 places to #14, with over 67,000 albums sold. Grammy performers Train, whose Drops of Jupiter had previously leapt up the charts in consumers’ anticipation of the awards, will shoot up another 60 notches next week to #37. Best Female Pop Vocal Performance winner Nelly Furtado will see her Whoa, Nelly! move up 25 spots to #28. And Bob Dylan, who, by far, will see the best results from his appearance, will jump a whopping 103 spots when Love and Theft moves from #175 to #72.
Even though Outkast performed at the Grammys and took home a couple of awards, they will not be among the artists who will make headway on the charts following the program — the rap duo will fall seven spots to #32. Another downwardly mobile group is Sum41, whose All Killer No Filler will take a 34-spot dive from #118 to #152. Joey Ramone’s posthumous Don’t Worry About Me may be a little too independent for its own good. While nobody was minding it, the album slid down the charts. Next week it will come in at #192, down 83 spots from the week before.
In a great week for new LPs all over the charts, other notable debuts include the X-ecutioners’ Built From Scratch (#15), Nappy Roots’ Watermelon, Chicken & Gritz (#31), Gorillaz’s G-Sides (#84), Phantom Planet’s The Guest (#133) and Lisa Loeb’s Cake and Pie, which will squeak by into #199.