NEW YORK — Shaggy was No. 1 on the album charts yet again this week, but a gang of professional wrestlers were hot on his heels, and Grammy afterglow catapulted several acts — especially those who performed live on the kudocast — higher in the rankings.
“Hotshot,” Shaggy’s latest release on MCA, scanned nearly 272,000 copies in the week ended Sunday, according to SoundScan data. That’s only 22,000 off last week’s figures for the Brooklyn-raised reggae crooner.
But coming in with a surprising debut at No. 2 was the fifth installment of the World Wrestling Federation’s “WWF: The Music” compilation series (SmackDown). Album, whose predecessors routinely reached platinum territory, shifted 177,000 units in its first week on the market, knocking the strong “Beatles 1” (Capitol/Apple) into the third spot.
The remainder of the top 10 remained much the same, but just below the upper echelons, things started to get interesting. Almost across the board, artists who performed live at the Grammys last week were rewarded with a significant bump in sales numbers.
U2 on the rise
Among the biggest movers were U2, who brought the house down at L.A.’s Staples Center with “Beautiful Day” on the Grammycast, enjoyed a 24-spot bump to No. 11 for their latest disc, “All That You Can’t Leave Behind” (Interscope). And Eminem, whose much-anticipated duet with Elton John closed the show, saw his “The Marshall Mathers LP” (Interscope/Aftermath) leap 30 places to 32.
Madonna, who opened the show with her single “Music,” got a nine-place advance to 25, while Destiny’s Child, who performed a medley including hit track “Say My Name,” rose 20 places to 46.
The widely praised live collaboration between dance music mogul Moby, R&B singer Jill Scott and performance art trio the Blue Man Group resulted in sales gains of 17 spots for Moby’s “Play” (V2) and four upticks for Scott’s “Who Is Jill Scott?” (Epic).
The actual award winners were not as generously rewarded by record buyers this week, but Album of the Year victors Steely Dan did reappear in the charts at No. 54, with sales of just under 32,000 records. Paul Simon’s “You’re the One” (Warner), which was nominated for the same award, jumped from 197 to 108.