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Grammy nominees climb in music store rankings

Rihanna, the Preservation Jazz Hall Band, and Chuck D had big bumps, according to Amazon.

Amazon is promoting Grammy nominees in its MP3 store. Screenshot by Shara Tibken/CNET
Grammy nominees and winners are getting a post-show bump in music store rankings, while online retailers are riding the coattails of the awards show to higher sales.

Amazon, which tracked the change in artists' rankings after the Grammy's officially ended, found Rihanna, Sting, and Wiz Khalifa to be some of the biggest winners.

The company, as well as Apple and other online music retailers, today is promoting songs and albums by Grammy artists, which is likely helping them move up the rankings.

Rihanna's "Unapologetic" climbed 40 spots, while Sting's "The Very Best of Sting and The Police" jumped 713 spots. Wiz Khalifa's "O.N.I.F.C." jumped 38 spots.

The Black Keys, which took home awards such as Best Rock Song, saw its "Lonely Boy" move up one spot to No. 5, while the Preservation Jazz Hall Band, which performed with The Black Keys on the Grammys, soared nearly 50,000 spots.

Most of the other biggest gainers were lesser known artists like Chuck D and Tom Morello, whose latest albums jumped more than 137,000 and 17,000 spots, respectively, on Amazon's MP3 album bestseller list.

Every musician in the tribute to Levon Helm rose in the rankings, including Mavis Staples, whose "You Are Not Alone" climbed more than 20,000 spots.

The Zac Brown Band's "Uncaged" rose three spots to No. 33, The Alabama Shakes' "Girls & Boys" climbed two spots to No. 27, and Mumford & Sons, which took home Album of the Year for "Babel," rose to No. 9 from No. 16. Levon Helm, who died last year, also rose, with his "Electric Dirt" jumping more than 36,000 spots.

Meanwhile, 7digital -- whose technology powers music services preinstalled on more than 60 million smartphones, tablets, connected audio devices, and smart TVs -- also tallied sales increases for songs and artists in general. The company, which partners with Samsung, BlackBerry, and other handset makers, noted the percentage increase of sales in the past 24 hours versus the average sales for the previous seven days to determine each song/artist's rise.

Here are 7digital's rankings:


  • "I Will Wait" -- Mumford & Sons +394 percent
  • "Lonely Boy" -- The Black Keys +367 percent
  • "Could You Be Loved" -- Bob Marley & The Wailers +367 percent
  • "Adorn" -- Miguel +353 percent
  • "Blown Away" -- Carrie Underwood +195 percent
  • "Ho Hey" -- The Lumineers +166 percent
  • "The A Team" -- Ed Sheeran +133 percent
  • "Over You" -- Miranda Lambert +133 percent
  • "Home" -- Dierks Bentley +133 percent
  • "Daylight" -- Maroon 5 +133 percent
  • "Suit & Tie" -- Justin Timberlake featuring JAY-Z +119 percent
  • "Carry On" -- Fun. +91 percent


  • Dierks Bentley +294 percent
  • Elton John +282 percent
  • Carrie Underwood +194 percent
  • Ed Sheeran +192 percent
  • The Lumineers +170 percent
  • Mumford & Sons +158 percent
  • Frank Ocean +104 percent
  • Kelly Clarkson +71 percent
  • Fun. +56 percent
  • Wiz Khalifa +48 percent
  • Bob Marley +35 percent