SoundScanner: The Lumineers Go Platinum, While Baauer Harlem Shakes Himself Into Top 10

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The Lumineers Go Platinum

The Lumineers ride the post-Grammy wave past the 1MM sales mark, while Baauer cashes in big time on the “Harlem Shake” craze. Here’s a look at this week’s Nielsen SoundScan trends and figures:

LUMINEERS ARE GOIN’ PLATINUM!: The Lumineers saw a nice chart bump from the Grammys, as their self-titled debut set jumps up from No. 10 to No. 6 this week. It sold 67,000 copies, enough to comfortably push it over the 1 million sales mark — CONGRATS! The album, which was released in April 2012 and peaked at No. 2 on the chart, has sold 1.007 million copies to date. Meanwhile, the You Oughta Know outfit’s breakout single “Ho Hey” has sold nearly 3.5 million copies, thanks —at least in part— to all those Silver Linings Playbook commercials. We’re not the only ones who think of Bradley Cooper running down the street in a garbage bag every time we hear the song, are we?

‘HARLEM’ SHAKES THE CHARTS: You can’t make a “Harlem Shake” video without the “Harlem Shake” song. And that’s great news for Brooklyn producer Baauer, who sees sales of his meme-soundtracking “Harlem Shake” explode on this week’s Digital Songs chart, rising 1,359 percent and jumping up 120 spots on the chart to No. 3. “Harlem Shake” sold 262,000 copies this week, which is just about the number of “Harlem Shake” videos that have come across our computer screen since the meme took over the internet last week. It wasn’t enough to dethrone Macklemore and Ryan Lewis, whose “Thrift Shop” remains at No. 1 for a sixth week, while Rihanna jumps up to No. 2 with “Stay,” which she performed live during the Grammy telecast.

MUMFORD & ONES: Mumford & Sons’ Album of the Year-winning Babel jumps three spots to No. 1 on this week’s chart, after a huge post-Grammy sales surge. Babel’s sales skyrocketed 242 percent in the first full post-Grammy chart frame, and its sales of 185,000 copies put it nearly 100,000 units ahead of this week’s second place finisher, the 2013 Grammy nominees compilation (which finished the week with 88,000 units sold). Babel has now sold 1.922 million copies to date, and it stands a chance of hitting the 2 million sales marker by next week’s chart. This week marks Babel’s fourth non-consecutive week at No. 1.

ORANGE GOES GOLD: Frank Ocean’s two Grammy wins and his marquee performance of “Forrest Gump” on the show helped boost the 25-year-old’s highly acclaimed debut set Channel Orange past sales of 500,000 units. The album sold 16,000 copies this week, pushing it up five spots on the chart to No. 41, and bringing its total to 508,000 sales. Orange, released last July, debuted and peaked at No. 2. Congratulations to Ocean, but we’re not exactly holding our breath for Chris Brown to stand up and applaud for him.

FALL OUT BOY FALLS: After debuting at No. 3 on the Digital Songs chart last week with its comeback single “My Songs Know What You Did in the Dark (Light Em Up),” Fall Out Boy tumbles all the way down to No. 44 on this week’s chart on a 66 percent decrease in sales, the sharpest decline of any song on the chart. And that’s despite a performance of the song during NBA All Star Weekend where the band was joined on stage by 2 Chainz. 2 Chainz! Perhaps a remix with Mr. Chainz can re-stoke interest in the song.

[Photos: Getty Images, Baauer's Facebook Page]