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Thank the Academy

Ray Charles returns to the top of the charts. Other Grammy artists see sales boosts as well

Ray Charles | 'COMPANY' MAN Charles' ''Genius'' is a posthumous, post-Grammy win hit
Image credit: Ray Charles: Frederick M. Brown/Getty
'COMPANY' MAN Charles' ''Genius'' is a posthumous, post-Grammy win hit

Maybe Ray Charles should have called his final CD Genius Loves Grammy. The late soul legend won eight Grammys last week, including Album of the Year for Genius Loves Company, and this week, fans responded by tripling the album's sales to 224,000 copies, according to SoundScan, sending the disc to No. 1 on the Billboard album chart. (It entered the chart last September at No. 2.) Incredibly, it's only the second time the singer has ever had a No. 1 album; the first was his landmark 1962 set Modern Sounds in Country & Western Music, which stayed on top for 14 weeks.

Grammy was similarly kind to many other artists. Green Day's American Idiot, the Grammy winner for Best Rock Album, climbed one rung to second place and saw sales rise almost 50 percent to 202,000. The Grammy Nominees 2005 anthology jumped from No. 14 to No. 4 and sold 116,000 copies. The Best Contemporary R&B album, Usher's Confessions, rose five spots to fifth place and sold 110,000. Best New Artist Maroon 5's Songs About Jane vaulted from No. 22 to No. 9. Only Grammy performer John Legend saw a sales slip, just 5 percent, and slid one slot to No. 7.

Last week's No. 2, The Game's The Documentary, slipped one slot to No. 3 on sales of 131,000. After debuting at No. 1 last week, 3 Doors Down's Seventeen Days fell to No. 6. Eminem's Encore and Kelly Clarkson's Breakaway climbed three places each, landing at No. 8 and No. 10, respectively.

Outside the top 10, many Grammy artists saw dramatic sales and chart boosts, including Alicia Keys, John Mayer, U2, Los Lonely Boys, Kanye West, Joss Stone, and Queen Latifah.

Originally posted Feb 23, 2005