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Winehouse, Hancock fly into top 10It happens every year. People watch the Grammys and reward certain winners and performers with album sales boosts during the ensuing week. And this year's two biggest recipients come as no surprise.
Amy Winehouse's near-sweep at the Feb. 10 ceremony fueled a beehive-straightening 368% increase for her "Back in Black" album. The disc rockets 22 spots to No. 2, beating its previous Billboard 200 peak by four rungs and posting the best sales tally of its 49 chart weeks (115,000).
Meanwhile, Herbie Hancock's gasp-worthy album of the year win drove sales of "River: The Joni Letters" to 54,000 units, nearly equaling the record's previous cume since its Sept. 25 release. An entirely immodest 967% sales bump results in the first top 10 disc of the jazzman's four-decade career.
Others who saw post-Grammy spikes include Alicia Keys, whose "As I Am" holds at No. 3, up 36%, and Foo Fighters, whose "Echoes, Silence, Patience & Grace" leaps 43 spots to No. 22, up 74%. Kanye West, who won four trophies, sees his "Graduation" jump 24 places to No. 40 with a 74% gain. All three also performed at the ceremony.
A rumored Grammy performer who ultimately was a no-show makes some chart waves of his own this week, with the second-best-selling album is U.S. history. Michael Jackson's 25th anniversary reissue of "Thriller" isn't eligible for the Billboard 200 — it would have been No. 2 — but screams into the top spot on the catalog chart. The expanded set sold 166,000 units.
That's not only Jackson's best sales week since 2001 but also the biggest number any catalog title has seen since Christmas week of 1996, when Kenny G's "Miracles — The Holiday Album" gifted 192,000 units. Billboard's 50-position catalog chart includes reissues of older albums and any title that is at least 18 months old and has fallen below the top 100 on the big chart.
Billboard analyst Keith Caulfield contributed to this report.
1 1 Jack Johnson Sleep Through the Static 180,000
2 24 Amy Winehouse Back to Black 115,000
3 3 Alicia Keys As I Am 109,000
4 5 Various artists 2008 Grammy Nominees 72,000
5 159 Herbie Hancock River: The Joni Letters 54,000
6 6 Various artists Juno soundtrack 53,000
7 10 Taylor Swift Taylor Swift 52,000
8 2 Sheryl Crow Detours 52,000
9 7 Mary J. Blige Growing Pains 49,000
10 13 Various artists Step Up 2 the Streets soundtrack 45,000