Swift's 'Fearless' returns to top of the charts

The big winners at last week’s Grammy Awards were also the big movers on the week’s album sales chart.

Robert Plant and Alison Krauss’ 16-month-old “Raising Sand” jumped 67 slots, with 77,000 copies sold, to the No. 2 spot in the week after the duo won five Grammys, according to Nielsen Soundscan data.

“Raising Sand” edged out the debut week of India.Arie’s “Testimony Vol. 2: Love and Politics” (Universal Republic), which sold 75,000 copies to open at No. 3.

The Plant-Krauss collaboration was the only disc among the album of the year nominees not in the top 200 the week before the awards ceremony. It rose from off the chart two weeks ago to No. 69, a pattern similar to the one achieved by the 2007 album winner, Herbie Hancock’s “River.” 

Taylor Swift’s “Fearless” returned to No. 1 for a ninth non-consecutive week.

“Fearless” sold 92,000 copies in the week following Swift’s appearance on the Grammy telecast with fellow teen star Miley Cyrus. Album has now topped 2.6 million in sales.

Lily Allen’s “It’s Not Me, It’s You” (Capitol) moved 70,000 to take No. 5, and Bobby Valentino’s “The Rebirth” (Blu Kolla Dreams/Capitol) sold 64,000 to debut at No. 7.

Among the other debuts were comedy troupe Lonely Island’s “Incredibad” (Universal Republic), which sold 48,000 (No. 13); Red’s “Innocence and Instinct” (Essential/BMG), 39,000 (No. 15); and Ryan Leslie’s self-titled debut on Casablanca, 24,000 (No. 35). The two-CD “NCIS” soundtrack sold 10,000 to debut at No. 82.

Week is traditionally strong as it benefits from the Grammy telecast and Valentine’s Day. Of the 44 returning albums in the top 50, 34 posted sales increases from the week prior.

Among winners and performers on the Grammys that saw sales spikes were Coldplay’s “Viva La Vida,” which rose nearly 300% in sales, and Adele’s “19,” which was up more than 200%. “Viva” sold 62,000, up 24 slots to No. 8, while “19” claimed 57,000 to rise 17 spaces to No. 10.

Other Grammy-related spikes were enjoyed by Kid Rock’s “Rock n Roll Jesus,” Lil Wayne’s “Tha Carter III,” Jennifer Hudson’s self-titled debut and Kings of Leon’s “Only by the Night.”

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