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Alabama Shakes Bucks Sales Slump

Band has only top 10 title to see increase

The music biz settled into the post-Grammys doldrums last week, with Mumford & Sons’ “Babel” hanging onto the No. 1 slot on the U.S. album chart despite a 66% sales decline.

The U.K. folk-rock band’s album of the year winner shifted 63,000, according Nielsen SoundScan data for the week ending Feb. 24. The Glassnote release should top the 2 million mark next week.

With no new releases of any consequence reaching stores, the week saw most of the big winners and performers on the Feb. 10 Grammy telecast retaining high chart positions with slipping sales.

The lone title among the top 10 albums to witness a sales increase was Alabama Shakes’ “Boys & Girls” (ATO). The 10-month-old album rose 14 chart positions to No. 6 behind a Feb. 16 “Saturday Night Live” appearance by the band. The bluesy Southern act, whose singer Brittany Howard made a strong Grammy impression, has been moving steadily back up the chart in the last month.

The top five included Bruno Mars’ “Unorthodox Jukebox” (No. 2, 48,000 sold, off 44%), Josh Groban’s “All That Echoes” (No. 3, 41,000, down 43%), the “Now 45” compilation (No. 4, 38,000, off 41%) and “The Lumineers” (No. 5, 35,000, down 47%).

Rounding out the top 10 were the “2013 Grammy Nominees” package (No. 7, 30,000, down 66%), Fun.’s “Some Nights” (No. 8, 30,000, off 55%), Rihanna’s “Unapologetic” (No. 9, 29,000, down 29%) and Taylor Swift’s “Red” (No. 10, 28,000, off 61%).

Chart inertia will likely continue for another week. March will see releases from Luke Bryan, David Bowie, Bon Jovi and Justin Timberlake that will shake up the picture.

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