"GRAMMY Effect" Drives Album Sales

"GRAMMY Effect" Drives Album Sales

"GRAMMY Effect" Drives Album Sales
Following earlier reports, the 54th Annual GRAMMY Awards helped drive album sales this week for several GRAMMY performers, including Adele, who's GRAMMY-winning Album Of The Year 21 holds the No. 1 spot on the Billboard 200 for the 21st consecutive week with sales of 730,000 units, up 207 percent, according to a Billboard report. The 2012 GRAMMY Nominees album jumped to No. 5 with 85,000 units sold, a 66 percent increase. Other GRAMMY performers and winners experiencing sales increases include the Civil Wars (up 178 percent), Foo Fighters (up 134 percent), Bruno Mars (up 133 percent), Bon Iver (up 61 percent), Taylor Swift (up 60 percent), Lady Antebellum (up 47 percent), Coldplay (up 26 percent), Skrillex (up 23 percent), and the Band Perry (up 22 percent). Overall album sales this week totaled 7.7 million units, up 13 percent from last week, and up 7 percent compared to the same point in 2011. (2/22)

Adele Among Brit Awards 2012 Winners
GRAMMY winner Adele was among the top winners at the Brit Awards 2012 on Feb. 21 in London, taking home awards for British Female Solo Artist and British Album of the Year for 21. Other artists garnering awards were Coldplay, Lana Del Rey, Foo Fighters, Bruno Mars, Rihanna, and British singer/songwriter Ed Sheeran, and GRAMMY-nominated alternative rock band Blur were honored with the Outstanding Contribution to Music award. In related news, GRAMMY nominees Gordon Lightfoot and musical-writing duo Tom Jones and Harvey Schmidt; and GRAMMY winners Jim Steinman, Bob Seger and Don Schlitz will be inducted into the 2012 Songwriters Hall of Fame at the 43rd Annual Induction and Awards Dinner on June 14 in New York. (2/22)