Disc sales spike for Winehouse, Hancock
Jack Johnson’s “Sleep Through the Static” held onto the top slot on the nation’s album sales chart as the effects of the Grammy Awards telecast led to a minor shakeup in the top 10.
Johnson’s disc, in its second week at No. 1, sold 180,000 copies in the week ended Sunday, according to Nielsen SoundScan.
But a caveat in Billboard magazine’s rules regarding sales data has kept the No. 2 disc off the top 200.
The 25th anniversary edition of Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” (Epic/Legacy) sold 166,000 copies in its first week of release, which would make it the second biggest seller of the week. Though it contains a DVD and five newly reworked versions of the songs, it is considered a catalog release by Billboard, which publishes data collected by Nielsen SoundScan.
In much of the rest of the world, it has been categorized as a new release, debuting at No. 1 in France; No. 2 in Germany, Australia, Holland, Norway and Switzerland; and No. 3 in the U.K.
“Thriller” is No. 1 on Billboard’s catalog chart. Most catalog chart toppers sell between 15,000 and 20,000 copies per week.
Instead of Jackson, the second slot goes to the big winner at the Grammys, Amy Winehouse. Her “Back to Black” album sold 115,000 copies and rose 22 slots to No. 2. Winehouse won five Grammys on Feb. 10.
Album of the year winner Herbie Hancock’s “River: The Joni Letters” hit No. 5 by selling 54,000 copies, just a few shy of the record’s cume prior to the Feb. 10 awards show. After receiving a 967% boost, Hancock will be promoting the album in a Friday performance on “The Tonight Show” with singer Luciana Souza.
Alicia Keys, who won and performed twice on the kudocast, saw her “As I Am” disc enjoy a 36% sales spike to 109,000, which kept the record at No. 3. The “2008 Grammy Nominees” compilation posted a 40% sales increase to 72,000 and rose one slot to No. 4. Mary J. Blige, who also performed at the Grammys, saw “Growing Pains” rise 9% on sales of 49,000 (No. 7).
The Grammys also boosted John Legend’s “Live From Philadelphia” by 300%, with the Target exclusive selling 40,000 (No. 12); Foo Fighters’ “Echoes, Silence, Patience and Grace” by 160%, selling 33,000 (No. 22); and Kanye West’s “Graduation,” up 74%, selling 23,000 (No. 40). Also receiving a Grammy bump were the “Across the Universe” soundtrack (up 11,000 to 29,000), Rihanna’s “Good Girl Gone Bad” (up 10,000 to 27,000) and Carrie Underwood’s “Some Hearts” (up 7,000 to 21,000).
Only two albums debuted in the top 40: Simple Plan’s eponymous Lava/Atlantic release sold 39,000 (No. 14) and “WOW Gospel 2008” moved 28,000 (No. 34). Of the nondebuts in the top 50, 39 saw sales increases from the previous week.
Presence of Valentine’s Day during the sales week helped boost Michael Buble’s “Call Me Irresponsible” (up 11,000 to 33,000), Andre Bocelli’s “Vivere: Live in Tuscany” (up 7,000 to 24,000) and Celine Dion’s “Taking Chances” (up 11,000 to 19,000).
Sales were down 11.6% from the same week last year.