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Next big releases on tap include the Jonas Brothers’ Hollywood Records soundtrack to their upcoming 3-D movie on Feb. 24, Interscope’s U2 and Def Jam/IDJ’s The-Dream on March 3 and RCA/RMG’s Kelly Clarkson streeting March 10.

GRAMMY SPIKES RUN SWIFT

Taylor Returns to the Top; India.Arie, Lily Allen, Bobby Valentino Bow; Plant/Krauss, Grammy Nominees, Coldplay, Adele Score Big
She may not have even been nominated, but Taylor Swift’s performance on the Grammy Awards show and the Valentine’s Day effect are enough to catapult Fearless back into the #1 position on the HITS Album sales chart.

Epic’s The Fray, last week’s leader, drops to #2, just ahead of multiple Grammy winner Plant/Krauss, whose Raising Sand album on Rounder is up nearly 700% to #3 with 73k.

A pair of newcomers round out the Top 5 in Universal Republic’s India.Arie, with Testimony Vol. 2: Love and Politics at #4 and Capitol’s Lily Allen, whose sophomore album It’s Not Me, It’s You lands at #5. The other Top 10 chart debut is registered by Capitol R&B crooner Bobby Valentino, using his namesake holiday to score #10 for his album Rebirth.

Rhino’s Grammy Nominees 2009 compilation receives a boost from the telecast, up 170% at #6, followed by Capitol’s Grammy winner Coldplay, up 255% at #7, Columbia’s Bruce Springsteen at #8 and the label’s Best New Artist winner Adele, up 198% at #9.

The Top 50’s other newcomers include Universal Republic’s Lonely Island, the comedy troupe featuring SNL’s Andy Samberg, with such viral hits as “Jizz in My Pants” and “Dick in a Box,” entering at #13, Provident/Reunion Christian heavy metal rockers Red (#20), and Casablanca/Universal Motown’s Ryan Leslie (#37).

Other artists who receive a benefit from Grammy exposure include Atlantic’s Jason Mraz (#16, +32%), Grand Hustle/Atlantic’s T.I. (#17, +45%), Def Jam/IDJ’s Ne-Yo (#23, +50%), Cash Money/University Motown’s Lil Wayne (#27, +33%), Arista/RMG’s Jennifer Hudson (#45-28, +123%), Mercury Nashville’s Sugarland (#40-33, +88%), RCA/RMG’s Kings of Leon (#34, +32%), Capitol’s Katy Perry (#36, +27%), Big Machine country diva Swift’s debut (#38, +31%), J/RMG’s Leona Lewis (#42, +22%) and WB’s Metallica (#43, +39%)

Next big releases on tap include the Jonas BrothersHollywood Records soundtrack to their upcoming 3-D movie on Feb. 24, Interscope’s U2 and Def Jam/IDJ’s The-Dream on March 3 and RCA/RMG’s Kelly Clarkson streeting March 10.

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