New Radiohead offering not included in week's figures
Justin Bieber’s “Never Say Never: The Remixes” vaults to No. 1 on the U.S. album chart this week, while sales in the rest of the top 10 are boosted by the Feb. 13 Grammys telecast.However, the week’s most chattered-about new release, Radiohead’s new “The King of Limbs,” is conspicuously absent from the chart, owing to the band’s unique direct-to-consumer, digital-only sales ploy. Bieber’s new Island mini-album, the demi-soundtrack for the teen singer’s Paramount concert film ($52.2 million B.O. to date), opens at the top with sales of 161,000 units, according to Nielsen SoundScan figures for the week ending Feb. 20. Vocalist’s “My World 2.0” falls to No. 8 from No. 3 despite a 13% increase this week. English folk foursome Mumford & Sons benefit from a huge post-Grammys lift after their appearance in tandem with Bob Dylan, plus sale pricing at Amazon. Band’s “Sigh No More” (Glassnote) holds at No. 2 but gains 169%, shifting 133,000. Last week’s No. 1 entry, the 37th “Now” hits compilation, drops to No. 3, selling 95,000 (off 37%). Lady Antebellum, who pulled in song and record of the year Grammy honors, see their “Need You Now” (Capitol Nashville) boosted 205%; set rises 13 chart positions to No. 4 behind an 85,000-unit week. The 56-week-old collection has moved nearly 3.3 million to date. Bruno Mars’ retro-styled black-and-white Grammy appearance helps lift his “Doo-Wops & Hooligans” (New Elektra) one slot to No. 5, with 61,000 sold (up 55%). Grammys performer (and major also-ran) Eminem still witnesses a 60% boost for his album “Recovery” (Interscope), which climbs one rung to No. 6 with 61,000 sold. Collection has sold more than 3.6 million in 35 weeks. Top 10 is rounded out by the “2011 Grammy Nominees” compilation (No. 7, 56,000 copies sold, up 67%), Grammy presenter Nicki Minaj’s “Pink Friday” (No. 9, 46,000, off 2%) and two-time Grammy performer Rihanna’s “Loud” (No. 10, 45,000, up 24%). Elephant in the room this week is the wildly anticipated new Radiohead set, made available for sale only as a full-album download and solely via the band’s Web site on Feb. 14 (Variety, Feb. 15). English quintet’s album won’t be available as a CD at conventional retail outlets until March 29. At this point, sales info for “The King of Limbs” remains proprietary, and hence is not reflected in the SoundScan chart. Radiohead has made no statement about the album’s sales to date, and a spokeswoman for the band had no comment.