Grammys boost discs

Dylan album, others on rise; 'Titanic' still No.1

The soundtrack to “Titanic” was the bestselling album in the nation for the eighth consecutive week, with 505,000 copies of the Sony Classical/Sony Music Soundtracks disc going home with consumers.

Although the chart’s Top 10 changed little from the previous survey period, albums and artists featured on last week’s Grammy Awards telecast experienced significant sales spikes, according to sales data released Wednesday.

Celine Dion continued her run in the No. 2 spot, with more than 260,000 copies of her 550/Epic Records disc “Let’s Talk About Love” being sold during the period ended March 1.

Rapper Silkk The Shocker held the No. 3 spot with sales action of 141,000 copies of “Charge It 2 Da Game.” The Priority Records disc checked in at half of its sales tally for the previous week, a normal slide for a hip-hop disc.

Savage Garden’s eponymous Columbia Records disc nabbed the No. 4 spot, with sales of nearly 101,000 copies. The band is benefiting from heavy radio and singles-chart action of “Truly Madly Deeply,” a ballad that has become an across-the-board radio staple.

“The business has been good and we’re ahead in February,” Russ Solomon, CEO of the venerable Tower Records and Video, told Daily Variety. “As important as one or two records might be, there are a lot of good-selling records out there right now. And there is a good feeling among retailers and record buyers about the music business. If we can keep up the momentum we’ll be dancing in the streets.”

A big winner for the week was the Maverick Records soundtrack to the “Wedding Singer,” as the 97,000-unit tally and its four-slot jump to No. 5 perhaps demonstrated that the music of the ’80s isn’t dead, but just resting.

The disc, which boasts remakes of ’80s-era nuggets by contemporary artists, is aided by the film’s No. 2 position in the weekly box office charts.

At No. 6 was the bow from Jive Records act Backstreet Boys, with 91,000 units sold during the period. The tally put the disc over the 2 million unit mark in its 47th week of release.

Newcomer and Arista Records success story Usher checked in at No. 7 with nearly 90,000 units of his LaFace/Arista disc “My Way” crossing registers; fellow R&B crooners K-Ci & Jo Jo rose three posts to No. 8.

The duo’s MCA Records disc “Love Always” has been steadily climbing the charts thanks to a long-term marketing and promotion strategy implemented by label marketers.

Matchbox 20’s “Yourself or Someone Like You” landed at No. 9, with 77,000 copies of the Atlantic Records disc being sold and representing a one-notch rise from the previous week.

Pearl Jam’s Epic Records disc “Yield” fell five notches to No. 10, but still logged impressive sales of 73,000 copies. More than 720,000 copies of the disc have been sold in its four weeks of release.

Other notable chart increases include MCA’s “1998 Grammy Nominees” disc which rose 21 slots to No. 11 in the wake of the Feb. 25 broadcast, with sales of 72,000 copies.

Bob Dylan’s “Time Out Of Mind,” which nabbed the album of the year Grammy, jumped 95 notches to No. 27 on sales action of 47,000 copies. Its sales total quadrupled from the previous week’s chart.

Discs from Paula Cole, Will Smith, Sarah McLachlan, Fleetwood Mac, Hanson and Erykah Badu also posted increases as a result of wins and perfs on the worldwide broadcast.

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