It’s an annual tradition, and probably one of the only reasons artists still bother showing up for the Grammys (well, that or the gift bag ): the post-awards sales bump, which sends albums by nominees, winners and performers — and pretty much anyone who landed a few minutes of Grammy face time (if Jason Bateman had an album, it’d probably be sitting at #1 right now) — rocketing up the Billboard albums chart.
And this year was no exception. Because while Jack Johnson’s Sleep Through the Static will retain its hold on the #1 spot on next week’s chart, with sales of more than 179,500 copies, the rest of the Top 200 is stuffed with albums posting colossal Grammy-bump numbers, according to SoundScan data.
It all starts with the album sitting at #2, Amy Winehouse’s Back to Black, which sold more than 115,300 copies (a 368 percent increase from the previous week’s sales), thanks in no small part to the Beehived One’s five Grammy wins — including Record and Song of the Year — and her high-profile, live-via-satellite performance .
Coming in at #3 is Alicia Keys’ As I Am, which has taken up a permanent residence in the top 10 since being released in November, but still saw sales rise by 36 percent (more than 108,800 copies this week) after Keys’ two Grammy performances and her win in the Best Female R&B Vocal Performance category. Following behind Keys is the 2008 Grammy Nominees compilation, which sold 72,400 copies, a 40 percent increase from the previous week.
Landing at #5 is the man who shocked pretty much everyone by taking home the Grammy for Album of the Year, Herbie Hancock, who saw sales of River: The Joni Letters top the 53,800 mark, an amazing 967 percent spike from the previous week. Clearly, winning has its privileges.
The rest of the top 10 is rounded out by the “Juno” soundtrack (more than 53,200 copies sold), Best New Artist nominee Taylor Swift’s self-titled debut (52,100 copies), Sheryl Crow’s Detours (51,700 copies), Mary J. Blige’s Growing Pains (48,600 copies) and the soundtrack to “Step Up 2 the Streets” (more than 45,200 copies).
The post-Grammy mania continued outside the top 10 too. Daughtry didn’t take home an award (going 0-4), but sales of their self-titled album still rose by more than 43 percent from the previous week, landing the “Idol” finalist and his band at #15 with about 38,200 copies sold. The Foo Fighters’ Echoes, Silence, Patience & Grace won a pair of Grammys (for Best Rock Album and Best Hard Rock Performance), and it sold more than 33,400 copies — a 160 percent increase — to land at #22.
Other winners and performers who experienced big-time sales bumps include Carrie Underwood (almost 30,000 copies of her Carnival Ride album, a 43 percent increase from the previous week); Rihanna’s Good Girl Gone Bad (27,000 copies, a 60 percent increase); Kanye West’s Graduation (more than 22,600 copies, a 74 percent increase); and Feist, who left the Grammys with just a slice of pizza but still sold almost 14,800 copies of The Reminder, a 70 percent increase from the previous week.
Aside from all the Grammy goings-on, next week’s chart will also showcase a couple of debuts. Simple Plan’s serious, self-titled disc sold more than 39,200 copies to open at #14. Jam-meisters Widespread Panic bow at #78 with their Free Somehow disc, and Natalie Grant’s Relentless debuts at #81.