(In an effort to keep you fully informed, and fully entertained, below we present today's FYI and TMI — news you need and news that's, well, sometimes needless….)
GRAMMYs Drive Mumford & Sons Back To No. 1
Following last week's news on GRAMMY Awards ratings and sales bumps, with a full week of sales to report the 55th Annual GRAMMY Awards have helped drive Mumford & Sons' GRAMMY-winning Babel to No. 1 on the Billboard 200 with sales of 185,000 units for the week ending Feb. 17, a 242 percent increase, according to Nielsen SoundScan. The 2012 GRAMMY Nominees album rose from No. 11 to No. 2, the series' highest chart position ever, with 88,000 units sold, up 136 percent and marking its best sales week since 2007. Other GRAMMY performers experiencing sales increases include Maroon 5 (up 119 percent), Fun. (up 118 percent), Bruno Mars (up 112 percent), Taylor Swift (up 106 percent), and the Lumineers (up 70 percent). Overall album sales this week totaled 6.98 million units, up 17 percent from last week, but down 12 percent compared to the same point in 2012.
Carly Rae Jepsen Leads Juno Nominees
Nominations for the 2013 Juno Awards were announced with GRAMMY-nominated artist Carly Rae Jepsen in the lead with five nods, including Artist of the Year, Single of the Year for "Call Me Maybe" and Album of the Year for Kiss. Justin Bieber followed with four nominations, including Album of the Year for Believe. Additional artists garnering nominations include Leonard Cohen, Deadmau5, Celine Dion, Drake, Maroon 5, Mumford & Sons, Rush, and Taylor Swift, among others. GRAMMY winner k.d. lang will be inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame. The awards ceremony will take place April 20 in Regina, Saskatchewan.
Marr On Cameron Listening To The Smiths: No, No, No
British Prime Minister David Cameron tried listening to the Smiths … and Johnny Marr said "no, no, no." According to a report, Marr previously restricted the prime minister from listening to his former band's music in an ordinance released via Twitter in 2010. "David Cameron, stop staying that you like The Smiths, no you don't. I forbid you to like it," Marr tweeted. Two years later, Cameron says he is still listening to the band despite being banned. "I've now got Johnny Marr and other members of the band saying I'm not able to listen to the Smiths," Cameron said in a recent interview with BBC News. "When I've got the complete and full set, even then, I'm afraid, I will go on and listen to the Smiths." Rumor has it Morrissey is OK with Cameron listening to the Smiths … just not while consuming meat.