FYI/TMI: 55th Annual GRAMMY Awards Draws High Ratings And Record Social Media Comments

GRAMMY telecast scores second-largest audience since 1993, and sets an awards-show record with more than 18.7 million social media comments
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    The 55th Annual GRAMMY Awards
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    Adele and Chris Brown
February 13, 2013 -- 12:50 pm PST

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GRAMMYs Post Second-Highest Ratings Since 2004
The 55th Annual GRAMMY Awards telecast drew 28.37 million viewers, the second-largest audience since 1993 and the second-best delivery in both adults 25–54 and adults 18–49 since 2004, according to preliminary results from Nielsen. This year's telecast helped drive sales for Mumford & Sons' GRAMMY-winning Babel, making it the week's biggest-selling album with sales of 54,000 units for the week ending Feb. 10, a 50 percent sales increase compared to the prior week. Frank Ocean's GRAMMY-winning Channel Orange rose to No. 46 on the Billboard 200 with sales of 12,000, up 140 percent according to The 2013 GRAMMY Nominees album rose to No. 11 with a 52 percent increase in sales. Other GRAMMY performers experiencing album sales increases include Alabama Shakes (149 percent) Fun. (87 percent), the Black Keys (72 percent), and Maroon 5 (59 percent). In related GRAMMY news, the 55th GRAMMY telecast set a new social TV record for an awards show with more than 18.7 million social media comments, second only to Super Bowl XLVI and topping the GRAMMYs' social TV record set last year by 44 percent.

LoC Unveils National Recording Preservation Plan
The Library of Congress has announced the National Recording Preservation Plan in response to Congress passing of the National Recording Preservation Act of 2000. The plan contains 32 short-term and long-term recommendations to enhance preservation of and access to millions of sound recordings that are deteriorating. Among the recommendations developed by the National Recording Preservation Board, which includes musicians, composers, musicologists, librarians, archivists, and members of the music industry, including The Recording Academy and GRAMMY Foundation, is an application of current federal copyright law to sound recordings made prior to Feb. 15, 1972, where the first law was enacted to protect sound recordings.


Rumor: Adele Sets Fire To Chris Brown?
After taking home the GRAMMY for Best Pop Solo Performance for "Set Fire To The Rain [Live]" at the 55th GRAMMYs on Feb. 10, Adele is now setting fire to rumors that she shouted at a fellow nominee. According to a report, the singer has denied her involvement in a shouting match with Chris Brown after a photo surfaced showing the two in what looked to be a confrontation. Adele assured via Twitter that "Chris Brown and I were complimenting each other in that photo actually!" Not ready to cool her jets yet, Adele is also set to perform her Oscar-nominated "Skyfall" at the 85th Annual Academy Awards on Feb. 24 and the singer is a bit nervous to say the least. "I'm s***ting myself," she said after the GRAMMYs. "It's an honor to be nominated and terrifyingly wonderful to be singing in front of people who have captured my imagination over and over again." Let's hope she'll only be rolling in the deep at the Oscars, and not deep s***.

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