Sales for Babel jumped by 242% this week compared to last week. That’s the biggest gain, on a percentage basis, for an album following a Grammy victory as Album of the Year since Raising Sand by Robert Plant/Alison Krauss surged by 715% four years ago. (The Nielsen SoundScan era record was set the year before that when Herbie Hancock’s River: The Joni Letters surged by 967% in the week following its surprise win.)
Babel has sold 1,922,000 copies in just 21 weeks. The group’s previous album, Sigh No More, took 93 weeks to sell that many copies. (For five of those weeks, it wasn’t even listed on the chart.) Sigh No More has been in the top 100 continuously since June 2010.
Babel sold 101K digital copies this week, which puts it at #1 on this week’s Top Digital Albums chart. This is the first time an album that has been out this long has sold 100K digital copies in a week since Adele’s 21 sold 176K digital copies in its 52nd week in February 2012 (following her Grammy sweep).
Mumford & Sons’ DVD Road To Red Rocks is #1 on Top Music Videos for the second week.
Mumford & Sons’ “I Will Wait” is featured on Grammy Nominees 2013, which means it’s on the top two albums in the country. But I can beat that. Taylor Swift’s “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together” is featured on three albums in this week’s top 10: her album Red, Grammy Nominees 2013 and Now 45.
fun.’s Some Nights winds up a full year on the chart by rebounding from #14 to #7. The trio won two Grammys: Best New Artist and Song of the Year for “We Are Young.” The album has never slipped out of the top 50. Can it spend a second entire year on the chart? How about inside the top 50? Stay tuned.
Here’s the low-down on this week’s top 10 albums.
The Top Five: Mumford & Sons’ Babel rebounds from #4 to #1 in its 21st week (185K). This is its 15th week in the top 10…Grammy Nominees 2013 rebounds from #11 to #2 in its fourth week (88K). This is its second week in the top 10… Bruno Mars’ Unorthodox Jukebox rebounds from #8 to #3 in its 10th week (86K). It has been in the top 10 the entire time… Taylor Swift’s Red rebounds from #12 to #4 in its 17th week (72K). This is its 16th week in the top 10…Josh Groban’s All That Echoes drops from #1 to #5 in its second week (72K).
The Second Five: The Lumineers’ The Lumineers rebounds from #10 to #6 in its 46th week (67K). This is its eighth week in the top 10… fun.’s Some Nights rebounds from #14 to #7 in its 52nd week (66K). This is its seventh week in the top 10… Now 45 drops from #3 to #8 in its second week (63K)… Andrea Bocelli’s Passione drops from #5 to #9 in its third week (48K). It has been in the top 10 the entire time… Maroon 5’s Overexposed rebounds from #20 to #10 in its 34th week (48K). This is its 11th week in the top 10.
Four albums drop out of the top 10 this week. Tim McGraw’s Two Lanes Of Freedom drops from #2 to #12… Justin Bieber’s Believe Acoustic drops from #6 to #18…Red’s Release The Panic dives from #7 to #51…Coheed & Cambria’s The Afterman: Descension plummets from #9 to #77. (I think this is what they mean by “Descension.”)
The Black Keys’ El Camino rebounds from #29 to #14 in the wake of the duo winning three Grammys, including Best Rock Album. The album debuted and peaked at #2 in December 2011. It has sold 1,192,000 copies.
The Pitch Perfect soundtrack drops from #13 to #16 in its 17th chart week. This is the 11th time it has been the week’s highest-charting soundtrack from a theatrically-released movie.
21 is the fifth best-selling album released since January 2000. It trails the Beatles’ 1 (12,159,000), *NSYNC’s No Strings Attached (11,140,000), the aforementioned Come Away With Me (10,910,000) and Eminem’s The Marshall Mathers LP (10,675,000).
Jeremy Camp’s Reckless debuts at #31. It’s the Contemporary Christian star’s fourth album to reach the top 40.
Of Monsters And Men’s My Head Is An Animal drops from #50 to #57 this week. The album tops the 500K mark in digital sales, which is impressive considering its total sales are just 673K. (The album’s digital percentage is 75%.)
Foals’ Holy Fire debuts at #86. The album enters The Official U.K. Album chart at #2, just behind the Les Miserables soundtrack, which is #1 for the fourth time in the past five weeks.
Celine Dion’s 1999 compilation All The Way…A Decade In Song tops the 8 million mark. It’s the best-selling greatest hits album by a female solo artist in the Nielsen SoundScan era. (Madonna’s The Immaculate Collection is in second place. It has sold 5,845,000 copies since 1991. But that album was released in November 1990, so its tally is incomplete.) Two of Dion’s albums have sold even better. Falling Into You is up to 10,812,000. Let’s Talk About Love is up to 9,601,000.
Stone Temple Pilots’ 1992 album Core tops the 5 million mark.
A Good Day To Die Hard was #1 at the box-office over the weekend.
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