Post-Grammy Buying Frenzy Sends Ray Charles To Top Spot

Other Grammy winners, not to mention losers, performers and presenters, see big-time sales bumps.

It was a good week to have anything to do with the Grammys. Winners, losers, performers and presenters all experienced big-time sales bumps in a post-telecast buying frenzy that had albums leaping up the Billboard albums chart with reckless abandon.

And no one benefited more than the late Ray Charles. The Grammy champ won eight awards in all, and sales of his posthumous duets album, Genius Loves Company, jumped an astonishing 200 percent to claim the top spot on next week’s chart. According to SoundScan, the album sold more than 224,000 copies (up from 74,000 the previous week), giving Charles his first #1 album since his Modern Sounds in Country & Western spent 14 weeks at #1 back in 1962.

Green Day are next at #2, selling more than 201,000 copies of American Idiot. Buoyed by the band’s fiery performance on the awards telecast and its subsequent win for Best Rock Album, Idiot posted a 49 percent increase in sales from the previous week and inched ever-closer to the 3-million mark in total sales.

The Game — nominated for exactly zero Grammy awards — proved to be the week’s biggest anomaly. His album The Documentary was still hot among consumers, despite the lack of Grammy love (wait until next year), selling more than 131,000 copies in its fifth week of release.

Coming in at #4 (and proving that there are a whole lot of Grammy completists out there) is the 2005 Grammy Nominees compilation, which sold more than 116,000 copies and matched Green Day’s 49 percent sales increase. In at #5 is a guy who had a track on the Grammy Noms comp, Usher. Mr. Entertainment took home three golden gramophones and duetted with James Brown during the telecast, and he saw sales of his Confessions album jump by 27 percent as a result. The album sold more than 110,000 copies and crept back into the thick of things after spending the last two weeks on the fringe of the top 10.

Last week’s chart champs, 3 Doors Down, failed to live up to their promise to “be #1 for a month” (see “3 Doors Down Singer Boasts They’ll Outsell The Game Again” ), as their album Seventeen Days fell to #6. The LP suffered a 55 percent drop in sales in its second week, moving more than 104,000 copies (down from more than 231,000 the previous week).

John Legend’s Get Lifted sold more than 90,000 copies to land at #7. Behind him is Eminem, whose Encore sold more than 78,000 copies and moved well beyond the 4-million mark in total sales.

Best New Artist winners Maroon 5 proved that somehow, someway, there are still people out there who have not heard their Songs About Jane. The album, which has been on the Billboard charts for a whopping 93 weeks, sold more than 77,000 copies (a 35 percent sales increase) to leap all the way from #22 to #9.

Former “American Idol” champ Kelly Clarkson rounds out the top 10, selling more than 75,000 copies of Breakaway.

To the Victors Go the Spoils

A whole bunch of other Grammy-winning artists covered major ground and posted mind-boggling numbers outside the top 10, too. Alicia Keys, who snagged four Grammys, saw sales of her album The Diary of Alicia Keys explode by 148 percent (more than 73,000 as compared to more than 29,000 last week). It jumped 36 spots on the chart — from #47 to #11 — as a result. John Mayer’s Heavier Things — powered by two Grammy wins for the song “Daughters” — leapt 23 spots (to #19) and rocked an 85 percent increase in sales. Three-time winners U2 sold 43 percent more albums. Winners and performers Los Lonely Boys saw sales jump 98 percent. And Kanye West — who stole the show with his powerful performance and subsequent acceptance speech — saw his College Dropout album post an amazing 201 percent sales increase (more than 45,000 copies, up from more than 14,000 the previous week) and jump a hefty 66 spots, from #99 all the way up to #33.

Losing Ain’t Too Bad, Either

Queen Latifah, whose The Dana Owens Album lost out in the Best Jazz Vocal Album category, simply hosted the awards telecast — and sales of her album jumped by 50 percent. The album climbed from #71 to #28. Franz Ferdinand were nominated for two awards (and went home empty-handed), but they did perform in the telecast’s opening medley, and their self-titled debut album jumped from #133 to #87. Sales of the album also increased by 54 percent.