The week following this year's Grammy Awards was a busy one for music retailers as fans of artists like the Dixie Chicks, Justin Timberlake, and the Red Hot Chili Peppers turned out in force to snatch up music from this year's biggest winners. Overall sales of the 200 LPs comprising Billboard's weekly albums chart climbed more than 500,000 copies from the previous week to nearly 4.2 million. Last week, however, was a much different story, with the din of opening cash registers tapering off substantially.
Total sales of Billboard's top 200 fell by more than 1 million, with nearly every album on the chart experiencing declines. Take Norah Jones' Not Too Late, for example. Last week's chart champ racks up another 100,000 sales and holds the #1 spot even after sustaining a 53 percent sales hit, according to the latest SoundScan totals.
The sales plunge may also have something to do with last week's lack of noteworthy new releases. Just 10 artists managed to debut on the latest chart, including the newest installment from the Kidz Bop Kids.
Kidz Bop 11 — a cavalcade of unintentionally surreal covers of hits performed by a collection of preteens — opens at #4 on the latest chart, selling nearly 75,000 units. The set features pint-size takes on songs including Gnarls Barkley's "Crazy," Timberlake's "My Love," and John Mayer's "Waiting on the World to Change." Bowing at #10 is Portable Sounds, the latest from Christian artist Tobymac. The record sold close to 51,000 copies its first week in stores, to be the second of only two newcomers to crack the top 10.
Following Jones at #2 is Daughtry, the eponymous debut from "American Idol" finalist Chris Daughtry's rock outfit; the LP sold 84,000 copies, and climbs seven chart positions, though sales of the disc dropped 17 percent. Fall Out Boy's Infinity on High jumps two slots to #3, selling 79,000 units, while Akon's Konvicted finishes at #5 with 73,000 sold.
Robin Thicke's The Evolution of Robin Thicke holds at #6 for a third-straight week, with sales reported at 68,000, while Timberlake's FutureSex/LoveSounds continues to occupy the #7 spot with 62,000 scans. Corinne Bailey Rae's self-titled album falls four spots to #8, with 56,000-plus units grabbed up, while Gerald Levert's posthumous LP In My Songs follows at #9 with 55,000 sold.
Elsewhere on the chart, Anberlin's Cities opens at #19, with nearly 34,000 copies sold its first week in stores. The Ataris' Welcome the Night opens at #85 with 9,800 scans, while Kittie's Funeral for Yesterday surfaces at #101 with 8,700 sold. Everlife's self-titled LP bows at #121 with 7,100 scans, while Comeback Kid's Broadcasting follows at #129 with 6,500 sales. K-os' Atlantis: Hymns for Disco debuts at #152 after moving 5,700 copies, while Showdown's Temptation Come My Way debuts at #191, selling 4,500 units.