Tim McGraw's 'Freedom' debuts at No. 2
Maroon 5, Ed Sheeran and Taylor Swift. Mumford & Sons were the only big Grammy winners to see an immediate major lift on this week’s chart, which closed hours after the CBS kudocast. The U.K. folk-rock unit’s “Babel” (Glassnote), which drew the album of the year honor, received a 50% boost, moving 54,000 for the week and climbing three chart rungs to No. 4. The band was featured in two performances on the telecast. Two rock acts saw debuts in the top 10. Christian rock unit Red’s “Release the Panic” (Essential) logged on at No. 7, reaping sales of 41,000 out of the box; it is the Nashville band’s third top-10 release. High-concept hard rockers Coheed & Cambria notched their fifth top-10 set with “The Afterman: Descension” (Hundred Handed), which mounted the chart at No. 9, shifting nearly 41,000. That’s a little off the pace of its 2012 predecessor “The Afterman: Ascension,” which peaked at No. 5. Among the week’s holdovers: Andrea Bocelli’s “Passione” (No. 5, 51,000 sold, off 45%), Justin Bieber’s “Believe Acoustic” (No. 6, 43,000, down 79%), Bruno Mars’ “Unorthodox Jukebox” (No. 8, 41,000, up 10%) and “The Lumineers” (No. 10, 39,000, up 21%). Mars and the Lumineers were both Grammys performers. Top candidate for a big gain in the next stanza is Fun, who collected best new artist and song of the year trophies at the Grammys; group’s album “Some Nights,” No. 14 this week, will celebrate a year on the chart next week.
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