Propelled by Super Bowl glory, country act the Dixie Chicks climbed back into the top spot in the album charts this week.
The Chicks’ multiplatinum smash “Home” (Open Wide/Columbia) rose three spots to No. 1 in the latest sesh, sending just under 104,000 units out the door, according to data compiled by Nielsen SoundScan.
The trio, which is in the running for four Grammy awards later this month (including album of the year), belted out the national anthem at Super Bowl XXXVII Jan. 26 in San Diego.
The Chicks also unseated former champ Norah Jones, who had reigned at the top for nearly a month. Jones’ debut album “Come Away With Me” (Blue Note) slipped to second, selling almost 101,000 copies.
Just beneath the sultry vocalist was chrome-domed rocker Billy Corgan. The former Smashing Pumpkins front man’s new group Zwan bowed in third, selling about 90,000 copies of inaugural work “Mary Star of the Sea” (Warner/Reprise).
The Dixie Chicks weren’t the only Grammy-nominated talent to get a bump this week. A host of other acts also continued to see their accolades translate into substantial sales gains.
Missy “Misdemeanor” Elliott, who is up for two awards, posted a 10% sales increase to 61,000 units for her latest, “Under Construction” (Elektra). Sales of singer-songwriter John Mayer’s “Room for Squares” (Columbia) climbed 20% to 42,000 after he got two noms, including best new artist.
And No Doubt — feted with three noms — saw sales of its disc “Rock Steady” (Interscope) climb 23% to 12,000 copies.
Also on the rise was Kid Rock — his album “Cocky” (Lava/Atlantic) held fast in seventh but boosted sales by 28% to 75,000.
Aside from Zwan, the only newcomer of note was Kentucky-born country/gospel songwriter Steven Chapman Curtis. His 10th studio effort “All About Love” (Sparrow/Capitol) landed in 12th place and scanned more than 51,000 units.
There won’t be any bombshells on next week’s chart — though the soundtrack to Ben Affleck actioner “Daredevil,” which features tracks from Nickelback and Fuel, among others, could post a strong performance. Also on deck is the latest from the Juliana Theory, as well as live records from Keith Sweat and Jars of Clay.