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Grammys faves get boffo boost

Award wins fuel sales disc drive

The Grammy Awards paid off handsomely for Ray Charles, Green Day and 14 other top-50 acts that saw album sales spike in the week after the telecast.

Charles’ “Genius Loves Company” (Concord/Hear Music) rose 15 spaces to the top spot on sales of 224,000, a 200% spike from the previous week. Winner of album and record of the year — and posting a cume of 2.4 million — the album of duets reached No. 1 for the first time. Charles’ only other chart topper came in 1962, when “Modern Sounds in Country & Western Music” held the position for three months.

Green Day’s “American Idiot” (Reprise) rose one spot to No. 2 on a 49% sales spike to 202,000 for the week ended Sunday, according to Nielsen SoundScan. Act, which performed on the kudocast, won the rock album prize.

Last year’s Grammys ceremony was held during the week leading up to Valentine’s Day, a traditionally strong sales period for the music industry (frame set a sales record in 2004 for a nonholiday week). Coming off the Grammy-Valentine’s Day alignment in 2004, this year’s sales saw a 26% decline.

But performances and wins on the Grammys can affect sales of albums more than a year old, as Maroon 5, Alicia Keys and Norah Jones discovered.

The “Grammy Nominees” disc, for example, saw a greater jump last year, but Capitol’s “2005” edition made a solid return to the top 10, landing at No. 4 on sales of 116,000 copies. Disc edged Usher’s “Confessions” (La Face) by 6,000 units.

New artist winner Maroon 5, who performed as part of the show’s five-band opening number, scooted up to No. 9 from 22, selling 77,000 copies of “Songs About Jane” (J Records). Keys, who won four awards and paid tribute to Charles in a Grammycast perf, saw a 148% bump, selling 74,000 copies of “The Diary of Alicia Keys” (J Records) to land at No. 11. Following last year’s awards, “Diary” sold 83,000.

The debut solo disc by Gwen Stefani, who was also part of the opener, spiked to No. 15.

Song of the year winner John Mayer shot up 23 spots to No. 19 as “Heavier Things” (Columbia) sold 59,000; U2’s “How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb” (Interscope) sold 56,000 after the band took rock song and rock perf trophies; Los Lonely Boys’ (pop perf by a group) Or/Epic debut doubled its sales from the previous week to 52,000; Tim McGraw’s “Live Like You Were Dying” (Curb) sold 47,000 on the heels of his wins for country song and male country vocal; and “College Dropout” (Roc-a-Fella/Universal), from triple Grammy winner Kanye West, saw a 200% spike to 43,000, rising 66 slots to No. 33.

Host Queen Latifah’s “Dana Owens Album” (A&M) rose to No. 48, selling 29,000.

Other Grammy winners enjoying sales spikes were the “Garden State” soundtrack, Norah Jones’ “Feel Like Home” and Loretta Lynn’s “Van Lear Rose.” Performer Joss Stone’s “Mind, Body & Soul” (S Curve) rose 43 spaces after her tribute to Janis Joplin. Also seeing spikes were Black Eyed Peas, Velvet Revolver, Keith Urban and Franz Ferdinand.

Four debuts made it into the top 100. The compilation “Disneymania 3” (Buena Vista) opened at No. 46, selling 31,000; Latin act Intocable’s “X” (EMI Latin) sold 22,000 to take No. 62; Hip-O’s Willie Nelson collection “Songs” sold 21,000 (No. 64); and Columbia’s soundtrack to last week’s No. 1 film, “Hitch,” sold 14,000 (No. 90).

Last week’s No. 1, 3 Doors Down’s “Seventeen Days” (Universal), saw a 55% drop, selling 104,000 copies and landing at No. 6.

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