Norah Tops 600,000

Grammy boost puts singer/pianist at Number One

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The trend of Grammy irrelevance seems comfortably past tense, as the award winners and star performers all enjoyed massive sales increases after the February 23rd show. The evening's biggest winner, Norah Jones and her debut album Come Away With Me, enjoyed a sales boost of more than 300 percent, up to 621,000, according to SoundScan, easily cinching the Number One spot on this week's album chart. The figure dwarfs Come Away With Me's previous Number One tallies, which barely eked into six figures.

Two newer releases -- 50 Cent's Get Rich or Die Tryin' and R. Kelly's Chocolate Factory -- were unaffected by Grammy hoopla and held the Number Two and Three spots, with sales of 423,000 and 238,000, respectively. For 50 Cent, his major-label debut is a week shy of 3 million copies, astounding considering it hasn't even been in stores for a month. Another hip-hop newcomer, Freeway, posted the week's highest debut, selling 132,000 copies of his first album, Philadelphia Freeway, at Number Five.

The rest of the chart was dominated by Grammy stars. The Dixie Chicks' Home, which won a trio of Grammys, held tight at Number Four, but its sales surged more than 75,000 copies to 202,000. John Mayer's Room for Squares elbowed its way into the Top Ten, jumping from Number Seventeen to Number Eight with sales of 97,000.

Both Eminem and Coldplay, Grammy winners and performers, enjoyed sales spikes of nearly 20,000 for The Eminem Show and A Rush of Blood to the Head, which sit at Number Twelve and Thirteen, respectively, with sales of 63,000 and 62,000. Bruce Springsteen's The Rising was a three-time Grammy winner, despite being shut out of the major categories by Come Away With Me. Nevertheless, the album was the week's highest climber, hurtling from Number 109 to Number Twenty-seven, and tripling its previous week's sales up to 36,000. The Foo Fighters also enjoyed a big leap, pushing up from Number Eighty-seven to Number Forty-seven, behind sales of 23,000

Next week should see a scramble up top, as Come Away With Me loses a bit of its Grammy momentum. Get Rich has been suffering weekly sales decreases, but on a much smaller scale than a typical release. And new offerings by Fabolous and Lil' Kim should also make a play in the Top Ten.

This week's Top Ten: Norah Jones' Come Away With Me; 50 Cent's Get Rich or Die Tryin'; R. Kelly's Chocolate Factory; Dixie Chicks' Home; Freeway's Philadelphia Freeway; Grammy Nominees 2003; Kid Rock's Cocky; John Mayer's Room for Squares; Avril Lavigne's Let Go; and the Cradle 2 the Grave soundtrack.