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Vroom for 'Squares'

John Mayer, Norah see post-Grammy sales bounce. Jones sells an extra 500,000 copies to oust R. Kelly from the top the Billboard chart

John Mayer | JOHNNY'S ANGLE Mayer's ''Room for Square'' jumped back into the top 10
Image credit: John Mayer Photograph by Ben Baker
JOHNNY'S ANGLE Mayer's ''Room for Square'' jumped back into the top 10

What's a Grammy worth? If you're Norah Jones, about 100,000 albums per trophy. According to SoundScan, last week's five-time winner sold nearly 500,000 more copies of ''Come Away with Me'' the week after her Grammy victory than she did the previous week. Her post-Grammy sales totaled 621,000 albums, enough to return her to the top spot on the Billboard album chart, knocking last week's chart-topper, R. Kelly's ''Chocolate Factory,'' to No. 3 (it sold 238,000 copies). And she was not the only Grammy winner to enjoy a significant sales bounce; such artists as the Dixie Chicks, Bruce Springsteen, and especially John Mayer saw big bumps as well.

Mayer's ''Room for Squares'' became a top-10 record, climbing to No. 8 from No. 17 and selling 97,000 discs. The Dixie Chicks held at No. 4 but saw sales of ''Home'' jump 60 percent to 202,000. The Boss saw the biggest chart leap, with ''The Rising'' vaulting from No. 109 to No. 27 and tripling its sales to 36,000. And the ''Grammy Nominees 2003'' compilation rose four spots to No. 6. Other Grammy honorees outside the top 10 who saw sales boosts include Eminem, Coldplay, and Foo Fighters.

Inside the top 10, 50 Cent held at second place with ''Get Rich or Die Tryin','' which sold another 423,000 copies, for a total of nearly 3 million in less than a month of release. Hip-hopper Freeway's first release, ''Philadelphia Freeway,'' debuted at No. 5 on sales of 132,000. Kid Rock's ''Cocky'' and Avril Lavigne's ''Let Go'' slid two slots each to No. 7 and No. 9, respectively. The DMX-heavy soundtrack to the rapper's movie ''Cradle 2 the Grave'' dropped four notches to No. 10.

Originally posted Mar 05, 2003
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