Tim McGraw's 'Freedom' debuts at No. 2
However, the supremacy of these and other new releases on the U.S. album chart could be short-lived, as next week’s ranking will reflect the impact of last Sunday’s Grammys telecast with a full frame’s worth of sales.
Groban’s sixth Reprise set — the biggest of five top-10 arrivals this week — bowed with sales of 145,000, according to Nielsen SoundScan data for the week ended Feb. 10. The vocalist previously reached the pinnacle with “Closer” (2003) and his holiday set “Noel” (2007); his last studio release, “Illuminations,” peaked at No. 4 in 2010.
McGraw’s first Big Machine album, which tracked a 107,000-unit debut week, matches the peak post of his last two albums, “Emotional Traffic” (2012) and “Southern Voice” (2009). Those collections were issued by McGraw’s label Curb Records, which he exited after an acrimonious legal battle. Every album by the singer since 1994 has reached either No. 1 or No. 2.
The new 45th installment of the durable “Now” hits franchise settled in at No. 3 with an 87,000-unit frame. The Capitol-distributed collection includes recent chart gold from One Direction, Flo Rida, 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.