One of the many perks of winning a Grammy is the sales spike that follows, so it's only right that the artist who generated the most Grammys this year should benefit most from the phenomenon.
Norah Jones, whose Come Away With Me was attached to eight Grammy wins (see "Norah Jones Sweeps Grammys, Boss Wins Three, Avril Shut Out"), sold more than 621,000 copies of her debut in the week following the awards show, according to SoundScan figures released Wednesday (March 5). The weekly sales increase of nearly a half-million copies easily pushes the singer from #3 to #1 on the next Billboard 200 albums chart.
Sales of 50 Cent's Get Rich or Die Tryin' dipped below the half-million mark for the first time since it was released a month ago, but the Queens MC's more than 423,000 copies sold were enough to maintain the #2 position for a second week.
Chocolate Factory, R. Kelly's latest album, falls from #1 to #3 after selling more than 237,000 copies, but that may not be the worst news for the R&B singer this week. Kelly is scheduled to appear in a Chicago courtroom on child pornography charges Friday.
The Dixie Chicks, who walked off with three Grammys, hold on to #4, though their Home was given a goose to the tune of 75,000 copies. The trio's third major-label album has sold more than 4.75 million copies since August.
John Mayer, also benefiting from a Grammy win, shoots up nine spots to #8 with Room for Squares, which more than doubled its weekly take to 97,000 copies. The singer/songwriter's live LP, Any Given Thursday, jumps from #34 to #23 with 40,000 copies sold.
Eminem, who picked up two golden gramophones and performed at the ceremony, also received a boost, but having already sold more than 8 million copies of The Eminem Show, what's really surprising is that the Detroit MC is still able to find new fans. Em's third LP moves up six spots to #12 on sales of more than 62,000 copies.
Fellow winners Coldplay follow right behind. A Rush of Blood to the Head, the Best Alternative Music Album, moves up nine spots to #13. Nelly, who nabbed two awards to coincide with the fiery performance of "Hot in Herre," advances three spots with Nellyville, which sold more than 51,000 copies last week.
Three-time winner Bruce Springsteen, who surprised many by not winning Album of the Year for The Rising, nevertheless makes a gigantic leap 82 places from #109 to #27. The Boss' first album with the E Street Band in nearly 18 years sold more than 35,000 copies last week, compared to 10,000 the week prior.
Other artists who turned their Grammy gold into retail green include the Foo Fighters, whose One by One jumps from #87 to #47; Vanessa Carlton, who lost twice but performed and moves from #99 to #66; and No Doubt, whose Rock Steady climbs from #106 to #68.
The remainder of the top 10 includes: the Grammy Nominees 2003 compilation up four to #6 (112,000); Kid Rock's Cocky slipping two to #7 (106,000); Avril Lavigne's Let Go down two to #9 (96,000); and the soundtrack to "Cradle 2 the Grave," the #1 flick at the box office last weekend, at #10 (84,000).
Philadelphia rapper Freeway has the week's highest debut with his first album, Philadelphia Freeway. Fueled by the single "Alright," the latest Roc-a-Fella offering sold more than 132,000 copies.
Other notable chart debuts include the soundtrack to TV's "Smallville," which features cuts by Weezer, the Flaming Lips and Ryan Adams, at #31; Keep It Pimp & Gangsta by Alabama rap duo Dirty at #63; American Hi-Fi's The Art of Losing at #80; Lyle Lovett's Smile at #106; the Music's eponymous debut at #128; the Movielife's Forty Hour Train Back to Penn at #164; and the D.O.C.'s Deuce at #184.