Answering the Twitter hashtag mystery "#whoisbeck," the veteran indie rocker not only came away from the 2015
The album shot from No. 39 a week ago on sales of 12,200 copies to No. 8 as about 71,000 copies were snapped up following the Grammy telecast.
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3:07 p.m.: An earlier version of this post said Beck's album sold almost 723,000 copies after the Grammy telecast. It sold about 71,000 copies.
Historically, artists featured in the show’s high-visibility performance slots often fare better than many who actually win awards, but in this case, Beck benefited from taking one of the big four category awards (record, album, song and new artist) and got additional camera time in his joint appearance with
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Percentage-wise, the No. 2 beneficiary was former Eurythmics singer Annie Lennox, whose pop and R&B standards album "Nostalgia" experienced a 335% sales increase after her widely lauded performance on the show of Screamin' Jay Hawkins' 1956 hit "I Put A Spell On You."
Multiple Grammy winner Sam Smith posted the largest increase in raw sales, however, because his album "In the Lonely Hour," which previously had still been riding high at No. 4, scored a post-Grammy sales bump of almost 78,000 copies, a 91% increase over the previous week, enough to lift it a notch to the No. 3 slot on the Billboard 200 Albums chart.
Other big beneficiaries of Grammy night exposure were pop music's odd couple Tony Bennett and
Sales of Miranda Lambert's "Platinum" jumped 68%, and AC/DC's "Rock or Bust" sold 63% more copies than it had the previous week.
Pharrell Williams, who dramatically reworked his ubiquitous hit "Happy" for the Grammy show, received a 39% sales increase for his nominated album "GIRL."