Grammys boost singers' sales

March 09, 2002|By KNIGHT RIDDER/TRIBUNE

The Grammy sales bounce had special spring this year.

The biggest winners at the Feb. 27 show experienced between 100 percent and almost 400 percent sales increases, according to SoundScan.

O Brother, Where Art Thou? made the most hay.

Thanks to its five prizes, including Album of the Year, O Brother nearly quadrupled sales, from 58,331 to 209,227 going from No. 15 on the charts to No. 2 (behind Alanis Morissette's Under Rug Swept).

Alicia Keys more than doubled her take, based on her five wins, including Best New Artist and Song of the Year. Songs in A Minor vaulted from 47,813 copies sold the week before the awards to 102,886 in the days after (No. 20 to No. 4).

Sales of U2's All That You Can't Leave Behind went from 36,086 to 81,287, swinging the album from No. 28 to No. 10.

India.Arie won nothing, but her sales rose from 33,678 to 67,181, moving her Acoustic Soul album from No. 32 to No. 14 on Billboard's album chart. (Those who perform on the show, as Arie did, often sell as well as those who win.)

And Bob Dylan benefited from his performance. Though he lost in the big categories, Love & Theft more than doubled its sales, from 7,248 to 18,175, going from No. 175 to No. 72.

Though the folk-rock group Train landed just one award, its performance helped it nearly triple sales, from 13,102 to 33,160. Then came Nelly Furtado. She jumped from No. 63 to No. 38, with a sales increase from 19,934 to 30,302.

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