Adele, Shirley Bassey, and Barbra Streisand see post-Oscar sales bumps
Adele is taking more than an Oscar home from Feb. 24’s Academy Awards ceremony. The winner for best original song for “Skyfall” will also see a big sales increase on Billboard’s digital download chart.
Billboard predicts that the James Bond theme could soar 45% in sales over last week, when it sold 36,000 copies.
Adele isn’t the only Bond girl to see a nice bounce: Shirley Bassey, who deservedly earned a standing ovation from the audience for her performance of “Goldfinger,” will also see a huge increase in sales, with as much as a 275% increase in downloads for a tally up to 2000 copies.
Though never a singer of a Bond theme song (how did that happen?), Barbra Streisand’s theme from another classic movie, “The Way We Were,” will also see a rise, perhaps as high as 175%, following her performance of the tune during the In Memoriam segment of the evening. She sang in honor of the song’s co-writer and her close friend, Marvin Hamlisch, who died on Aug. 6.
Also seeing increases are the soundtracks from “Les Miserables,” “Chicago” and “Dreamgirls,” all of whom had featured songs performed during the show.
While some of the increases will be immediately apparent on the charts released tomorrow (Feb. 26), given that the charts close on Sunday night, some of the titles could see even bigger bumps the following week.
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Cast: Lizzy Leigh, Bryshere Y. Gray, Jussie Smollett, Taraji P. Henson, Terrence Howard
1961 | Comedy | NRSummary: Fortune hunter Holly Golightly finds herself captivated by aspiring writer Paul Varjak, who's moved into her building on a wealthy woman's dime. As romance blooms between Paul and Holly, Doc Golightly shows up on the scene, revealing Holly's past.Director: Blake Edwards
Cast: Audrey Hepburn, George Peppard, Patricia Neal, Buddy Ebsen
2014 | Thriller | RSummary: This twisted and evilly funny thriller tears apart both marriage and the media as a man (Ben Affleck) becomes a prime suspect in the disappearance of his wife, played to perfection by Rosamund Pike.Director: David Fincher
Cast: Ben Affleck, Rosamund Pike, Neil Patrick Harris, Kim Dickens
1994 | Drama | RSummary: Tim Burton plays a kindly man convicted of killing his wife who befriends an old prison inmate played by Morgan Freeman. Burton makes something like a home for himself in prison, until he reveals the ambition he has truly harbored for years.Director: Frank Darabont
Cast: Tim Robbins, Morgan Freeman, Bob Gunton
2001 | Family | PGSummary: The children of a super-spy couple must rescue their parents when mom and dad are targeted by a powerful maniac with dreams of world domination in this clever spin of espionage action.Director: Robert Rodriguez
Cast: Alexa PenaVega, Daryl Sabara, Antonio Banderas
1974 | Thriller | PGSummary: Gene Hackman delivers a masterful performance as a surveillance specialist who begins to realize that his latest job may not be as morally sound as he'd like it to be.Director: Francis Ford Coppola
Cast: Gene Hackman, John Cazale, Allen Garfield
2001 | Documentary | NRSummary: Heartfelt documentary about three players on a high-school football team in a blue-collar Ohio town, which acts as a great follow-up to Friday Night Lights.Director: Kenneth A. Carlson
Cast: Dave Irwin, Ellery Moore, Joe Paterno
2012 | Comedy | PGSummary: The unlikely friendship between Ernest the bear and Celestine the mouse is brought to life with softly gorgeous animation.Director: Stéphane Aubier, Vincent Patar, Benjamin Renner
Cast: Forest Whitaker, Lambert Wilson, Pauline Brunner
2010 | Adventure | TV-PGSummary: Teenaged superhero sidekicks and proteges strive to prove their worth alongside their adult counterparts as they balance difficulties in their own lives.Director: Paul Norris (creator)
Cast: Danica McKellar, Jesse McCartney, Nolan North
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