Lady Antebellum tops the albums chart

The biggest band in the country this week is officially Lady Antebellum. The country trio sold a very nice 481,000 copies of their sophomore album Need You Now, according to Nielsen SoundScan, securing the top spot on the Billboard 200 chart. As Billboard notes, that’s the biggest opening week anyone has managed since Susan Boyle’s blockbuster 701,000 bow last November.

Lady Antebellum’s success was the only thing preventing the all-star Hope for Haiti Now charity compilation from staying a second week at the top of the chart. Instead the digital-only set dropped to No. 2 after selling another 143,000 downloads, only a slight decrease from the 171,000 that put it at No. 1 the previous week.

Barry Manilow made it to No. 5 with The Greatest Love Songs of All Time, his latest covers project. This one sold 57,000, a decent number on its own but a step down from the bows made by The Greatest Songs of the Eighties (78,000) and The Greatest Songs of the Seventies (113,000) in 2008 and 2007, respectively.

Corinne Bailey Rae sold 53,000 copies of The Sea, good enough for a No. 7 entry. That’s an improvement on the 40,000 her 2006 debut sold in its first week before eventually going double platinum.

Down at No. 9, Celtic Woman moved 42,000 units of their Songs From the Heart. Kidz Bop 17, meanwhile, shifted 36,000 for a No. 12 finish.

And that was it for Top 20 debuts this week. What do you think of those results? Did you buy any of these new releases? Sound off in the comments below.

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  • I didn’t enjoy Lady A’s record that much; I guess it was just heightened expectations, but there was some kind of disconnect that makes it a shell of the debut. Corinne’s album, though, is quite lovely. Highly recommended.

    • wakeforce

      I’m waiting for Sade next week.

  • Don

    Lady Gaga’s THE FAME is still #3 well over a YEAR after its debut — that’s worth noting.

  • ryan

    Where can I go to see actual sales numbers? Billboard only shows where they are on the chart now, and it is kind of rediculous

    • Johnny

      Ryan, click on the NEWS tab on the top of the page. Billoard always has a written story on the sales of the top 10 albums every Wednesday.

  • Joseph T

    yes corinne’s album is really lovely, especially considering the past 2 years for her.

  • CarrollReynolds

    Isn’t this the first week like in a gazillion months that a Taylor Swift album is not in the top 10?

    • neetsie2000

      and you’re complaining?

  • cookiemac

    I purchased the Lady A album last week and have been listening to it constantly. Great song writing and musicianship. In fact it was the second cd I’ve actually gone out and purchased in about 4 years. Sugarland “Love on the Inside” was the first.

    • B

      I love the new Lady A album. And “Love on the Inside” is perfection.

      • Karrah

        Completely agree. “Love On the Inside” is one of my favorite albums of all time.

    • T

      I’m getting ready to grab Lady As new album because I heard it was the kind you can listen through from start to finish. I *love* those kind of albums because they are so rare. Your comment caught my eye because you mentioned Sugarland, and “Love on the Inside” was one of those listen all the way through kind of albums. I love both groups for their great songwriting and fantastic voices.

  • Isolde

    Corinne Bailey Rae’s “The Sea” is awesome. I hope more people check it out. You’re really missing something special if you haven’t heard her music.

    • Michael

      Agree with you on Corinne Bailey Rae’s album – simply awesome!

  • Angel Face

    Their songwriting skills are filled with inspiration….if Lady A had won Album of the Year….I don’t think too many would complain. So many great artists were robbed at the Grammys….I hope this group will be around for a very long time.

  • Preston

    Because they won over Rascal Flatts last fall at the CMAs, most people stayed with Lady Antebellum and immediately bought their new album. And they recently won a Grammy, so they might get more good sales next week.

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  • Deidra

    You won’t catch me buying the wares of any group with “Antebellum” in its name.

    • Karrah

      What’s wrong with the word “antebellum”?

  • Julie

    I guess country music listeners haven’t figured out how to illegally download.

    • Matt

      Maybe so, but they’ll also still have a copy after their computer crashes as well. Anymore “digital” really means “disposable.”

      • Hawley

        And those poor dumb country artists are laughing all the way to the bank.

  • Nina

    Or they don’t have computers. Plus you need a hard copy for a walkman.

  • Fatima

    I hope Sade does well next week.

    I too am surprised at how good Corinne Bailey Rae’s album is. I always though she was sorta pleasant and boring in a Colbie Callait sort of way, but she really stepped it up for album number 2.

  • Fatima

    PS: That’s a dumb cover.

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