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‘Glory’ Leads Oscar Music Sales Surge

John Legend and Common’s ‘Selma’ anthem moved 28,000 downloads, with figures expected to rise next week

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Common and John Legend's "Glory" from 'Selma' saw a massive sales spike after winning Best Original Song at the Academy Awards.

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John Legend and Common’s Oscar-winning song “Glory” from the film Selma garnered 28,000 downloads to notch its best sales week to date. The spike anchored a massive 184 percent sales gain for all music featured on the 87th Academy Awards for the week ending the day of the awards (February 22nd), according to The Hollywood Reporter. These already impressive numbers are expected to rise even more in the first post-Oscars sales week ending March 1st.

While “Glory” reaped the largest rewards, its fellow nominees for Best Original Song — “I’m Not Gonna Miss You” (Glen Campbell: I’ll Be Me), “Everything Is Awesome” (The Lego Movie), “Grateful” (Beyond the Lights) and “Lost Stars” (Begin Again) — also fared well, with various versions of those tracks selling a combined 75,000 downloads.

The soundtracks that housed the Best Original Song nominees also saw a giant leap, moving a combined 7,000 copies. Glen Campbell: I’ll Be Me led the group, selling almost 3,000 copies for a stunning 805 percent jump from the previous week.

Lady Gaga’s tribute to the 50th anniversary of the The Sound of Music also led to a bump in sales for both the four individual songs she sang and the film’s classic soundtrack, which together sold just under 3,000 units. Meanwhile, Jennifer Hudson’s performance of “I Can’t Let Go,” which she sang during the Oscars’ In Memoriam segment, helped the Smash track move 2,000 downloads.

The soundtrack albums for the five nominees for Best Original Score also saw a rise in sales, pushing approximately 3,000 copies for a 75 percent gain. The category’s winner, however, The Grand Budapest Hotel, only earned the third largest numbers (just under 1,000 copies), while Interstellar led the group, selling over 1,000 copies.

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