Swift’s seemingly unstoppable Big Machine title reaped another 108,000 total units (up 7%), according to Nielsen Music totals for the week ending Feb. 8. The country-gone-pop star tied the chart-reigning longevity of her 2008 set “Fearless,” which also logged 11 frames at the apex.
The collection maintained its pace despite the fact that Swift was shut out at the Grammys on Sunday, as her nominated hit “Shake It Off” fell to Sam Smith’s “Stay With Me” in the song and record of the year categories.
The week’s biggest debut was the 53rd installment of the hits compilation “Now That’s What I Call Music!” It launched at No. 2 with 99,000 units. The Sony Legacy-distributed package features several of this year’s top Grammy nominees and performers, including Meghan Trainor, Ed Sheeran, Ariana Grande, Iggy Azalea, Usher and the night’s big winner, Smith.
Sheeran and Smith were among the big gainers this week, benefiting from boosts in online sales and streaming just preceding and on Feb. 8, the day of the Grammys kudocast and the close of the chart.
Sheeran’s “x” slipped one notch to No. 3, tracking 97,000 units, but the English singer-songwriter’s set still witnessed a gain of 32%; he was featured in two Grammy performances Sunday.
Smith’s “In the Lonely Hour” saw a gain of 44%, toting up 86,000 units. He will almost certainly receive the biggest lift from a full stanza of post-Grammys sales on next week’s chart, following a three-trophy triumph at Staples Center on Sunday.
Joining this heady company was all-female vocal quintet Fifth Harmony, whose first full-length album “Reflection” (Epic) arrived at No. 5 with an 80,000-unit week. The group, which made its mark on the 2012 season of “The X Factor,” made its chart bow with its No. 6 debut EP “Better Together” in 2013.
The old guard was represented by 73-year-old Bob Dylan, whose widely praised new album “Shadows in the Night” (Columbia) notched a No. 7 debut with 50,000 units shifted. The singer’s recital of standards associated with Frank Sinatra succeeded his 2012 set of originals “Tempest,” which arrived at No. 3. Dylan was feted as MusiCares’ person of the year award at a widely covered pre-Grammys event last Friday.
Diana Krall’s “Wallflower” (Verve) – which draws its title from a Dylan composition covered on the album – entered at No. 10, totaling 44,000 units. The Canadian singer-pianist’s release also includes versions of tunes originated by the Beatles, the Eagles, Jim Croce, the Mamas and the Papas and 10cc, among others.
Holding over in the top 10 were Trainor’s “Title” (No. 6, 59,000 units, off 13%), Nicki Minaj’s “The Pinkprint” (No. 8, 48,000, down 2%) and Maroon 5’s “V” (No. 9, 47,000, up 10%).