On the charts: Grammy artists, the Who see increases; Lil Wayne bombs
A little TV exposure continues to go a long way. Country trio Lady Antebellum tops the chart for the second straight week, leading in a week that saw big increases for acts that appeared on the Jan. 31 Grammy Awards. Artists such as Pink, Green Day, Taylor Swift and the Dave Matthews Band all saw large sales jumps, and the Who's appearance on Sunday night's Super Bowl seems to already be paying dividends.
Lady Antebellum's "Need You Now" racked up an additional 209,000 sales, according to Nielsen SoundScan. In just two weeks of release, the Capitol Nashville set has moved a total of 690,000. The group performed the hit title track on the Grammy telecast, and that cut was the second-bestselling digital track this week, shifting more than 212,000 downloads. It has sold close to 1.9 million downloads to date.
SoundScan tracks sales through the end of the business day on Sunday, meaning the full impact of the Who's appearance on the Super Bowl won't be evident until next week's chart is released. Even so, sales are already increasing for the classic rockers, despite the fact that their performance wasn't among the best reviewed of Super Bowl halftime shows.
The Who's "Greatest Hits" (Geffen) collection sold just under 8,000 copies last week, up from about 4,000 the week before. Additionally, "Baba O'Riley" appeared on the digital singles chart at No. 111. It sold 17,000 copies last week, a mighty increase over the 5,000 it moved in the prior week.
The biggest beneficiary of the Grammys, in terms of a sales increase, was pop star Pink. Her "Funhouse" (LaFace) was up 235% over the prior week, selling a total of 31,000 copies. To date, it's sold 1.5 million, while the cut she performed on the Grammys in all its acrobatic glory, "Glitter in the Air," sold 114,000 downloads this week, which is the biggest sales week for the track. It sold about 9,000 last week, and 1.5 million to date.
Green Day went all Broadway on the Grammys, and fans don't seem turned off by the punk rock act turning its "21 Guns" into a "Glee"-friendly song. The version of the cut on the album sold 55,000 copies this week (up from 39,000), and an additional take, recorded with the cast of the Green Day-inspired musical "American Idiot," sold 15,000 copies this week (up from 5,000). Meanwhile, the Reprise album "21st Century Breakdown" sold 7,000 copies, more than doubling its sales of around 3,000 last week.
Other notables on this week's chart:
-- Lil Wayne's "Rebirth" went from a much-delayed album into a punchline, as the rapper's rock 'n' roll explorations have become one of the worst-reviewed albums in recent memory. The Cash Money/UMG release lands at No. 2 this week, selling 175,000 copies. This was for Wayne diehards only, to put it nicely, as many will recall that the rapper's last effort, "Tha Carter III," sold just over 1 million copies when it debuted in 2008.
-- The solo effort from Jonas Brother Nick enters at No. 3. His Hollywood Records debut with the Administration, "Who I Am," sold 82,000 copies this week. A more soulful turn than the sugary teen pop of the Jonas Brothers, the latter act typically debuts into the six figures.
-- Taylor Swift's Big Machine effort "Fearless" sold an additional 53,000 copies this week, a 58% sales increase over the previous week. Though critics were tough on Swift's singing ability on the Grammy Awards, her sales remain blissfully unaffected, and her album-of-the-year winning set has now sold more than 5.5 million copies.
-- A number of other Grammy winning or performing artists saw expected sales gains. Zac Brown Band's "The Foundation" (Atlantic) was up 82% to 40,000 copies, the Dave Matthews Band's RCA effort "Big Whiskey and the GrooGrux King" increased 114% to 13,000 copies and Beyoncé's "I Am ... Sasha Fierce" (Columbia) shot up 101% to 32,000 copies sold.
-- Todd Martens
Photo: Pink at the Grammys. Credit: Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times