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"This year’s Grammy show was a boon for everyone, from artists to retailers to fans. The in-store traffic helped any number of artists, but the spike in Norah sales was virtually unprecedented."
——HMV’s Jeff Davidson

AWAY SHE GOES!

Norah Up Almost 400%, 50 Cent Breaks 400k, Freeway Bows at #5, Mayer Cracks Top 10
Here’s an idea: Let’s hold the Grammys every week. The Feb. 23 telecast helped spur Blue Note winner Norah JonesCome Away With Me to its best sales week yet, as the album returned to #1 with 661k in sales, a dramatic 392% rise over the week before.

HMV’s Jeff Davidson accepted his award for Most Scintillating Retail Quote of the Year and observed: "This year’s Grammy show was a boon for everyone, from artists to retailers to fans. The in-store traffic helped any number of artists, but the spike in Norah sales was virtually unprecedented. Now can I go back to watching I’m a Celebrity, Get Me Out of Here!?"

Jones led a field of seven 100k-plus sales winners, as Shady/Aftermath/ Interscope hip-hop hottie 50 Cent hung tough, dropping just 20% with 401k units moved and landing at #2, with last week’s chart-topper, Jive’s R. Kelly, finishing third.

Grammy exposure was key for Open Wide/Monument/Columbia’s Dixie Chicks, who came in at #4 with an impressive 86% increase in sales, while WSM’s Grammy Nominees 2003 managed an 81% boost at #6. Awards-night performers like Lava/Atlantic’s Kid Rock (#7), Aware/Columbia’s John Mayer (#8, with a gigantic 134% rise) and Arista’s Avril Lavigne (#9) also reaped the rewards of TV exposure. The week’s biggest debuts were Roc-a-Fella/IDJ rapper Freeway, making a #5 bow on 118k sold, and the Bloodline//Def Jam/IDJ Cradle 2 the Grave soundtrack, which entered at #10.

Other Grammy gainers included Aftermath/Interscope hip-hop superstar Eminem (#12, +41%), Capitol’s Coldplay (#13, +59%), Fo’ Reel/Universal’s Nelly (#17, +18%), Mayer’s live album (#22, +19%) and Columbia’s Bruce Springsteen, whose The Rising re-entered the charts following his Grammy appearance and last Friday night’s CBS primetime concert special.

Added Davidson before offering to kiss Neil Portnow in public: "Every Grammy performer experienced a boost—even Soy Bomb, whose obscure ’99 album, The Freewheeling Stage Crasher, sold four copies this week"

Elektra’s Smallville: The Talon Mix soundtrack to the TV series bowed at #25, while In the Paint rapper B.G. entered the chart at #41.

Impressive movers included DreamWorks Oklahoma pop-punks The All-American Rejects, with a 24% rise (#32) and American/Lost Highway’s Johnny Cash, up 14% (#45).

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