Grammys giveth, Grammys taketh away: Last week’s big story on the charts was the hearty sales boost provided by the Grammy Awards. Now comes the fall, as many of those albums that experienced gains last week get the legs chopped out from underneath them this week. Daft Punk’s Album of the Year-winning Random Access Memories, which jumped up to No. 10 last week, drops 17 spots to No. 27 on a 62 percent sales collapse. The 2014 Grammy Nominees CD, last week’s runner-up, falls to No. 9 on a 60 percent sales drop. Best New Artist winners Macklemore and Ryan Lewis’ The Heist falls from No. 11 to No. 20, tumbling 55 percent. And Kacey Musgraves’ Same Trailer Different Park, which climbed to No. 12 last week on the strength of Musgraves’ Grammy performance and her two wins – including Best Country Album – drops 23 spots to No. 35 on a 64 percent sales slide. Can’t the Grammys be every week?
Pharrell gains on Katy Perry: Katy Perry and Juicy J continue their run at No. 1 on this week’s Digital Songs chart, as “Dark Horse” adds another 291,000 downloads to its tally to bring its 21-week total to 2.98 million. But hot on their heels is Pharrell Williams with his Oscar-nominated Despicable Me 2 theme “Happy,” which jumps up one spot to No. 2 this week with 252,000 downloads. That’s up 15 percent over last week, bringing its total to 989,000, and if it continues its current trajectory, “Happy” could soon hit No. 1. Also in this week’s Top 10, Passenger’s “Let Her Go” and Idina Menzel’s “Let It Go” notch their highest showings yet at Nos. 4 and 6, respectively.
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