Lady Antebellum tops the albums chart again, outselling Lil Wayne

Lady Antebellum are enjoying another week at the top of the Billboard 200 albums chart after selling 209,000 more copies of Need You Now, according to Nielsen SoundScan. Give the country trio a hand: That’s less than half what they sold the previous week, and it’s still more than most artists manage in week 1.

Lady A outsold Lil Wayne, for instance, by a comfortable margin. His rock-ish Rebirth debuts at No. 2 on the chart with 176,000 copies sold. That isn’t a bad number, all things considered, but it’s a tad embarrassing for a guy whose last album shifted a million in a week. Without a hit single on the order of “Lollipop” — and with reviews that ranged from tepid to scathing — it was probably inevitable that Weezy’s Tha Carter III follow-up would be a comparative commercial disappointment. He’ll have a chance to redeem himself on the charts, sooner or (more likely) later, with the long-promised Tha Carter IV, which may or may not come out around the time Wayne finishes the prison sentence he’s expected to start next month.

No. 3 goes to Nick Jonas & the Administration, whose debut Who I Am enters with 82,000 copies sold. There’s no getting around the fact that this represents a dramatic drop from the 247,000 the last proper Jonas Brothers album sold — which, in turn, was a big dip from the 525,000 their previous one managed. Considering that Who I Am is a side project, that 82,000 could be worse. Still, as far as album sales go, it seems Nick Jonas is now substantially less popular than, say, Vampire Weekend.

Down at No. 8, we find Rob Zombie with a decent 49,000 units moved of his Hellbilly Deluxe 2.

That was it for top 20 debuts this week. Billboard notes that several other artists received nice bumps from their appearances on the Grammy Awards, which aired right before this sales frame began: Taylor Swift‘s Album of the Year Fearless leaped six spots to No. 7 with 53,000 sold, while the Black Eyed PeasThe E.N.D. sold 70,000 to climb to No. 6. Lady Gaga‘s The Fame sold 79,000, a 17 percent improvement on the previous week, but due to this week’s new entries she was actually forced down a rung to No. 4.

Did you buy any of these albums last week? Surprised to see Lady Antebellum best Lil Wayne? Sound off in the comments below.

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Comments (19 total) Add your comment
  • Chris

    I’m surprised there wasn’t a mass return on Taylor Swift CD’s after that horrible Grammy performance.

    • keith

      Why would there be? She sounds fine on the album and that’s what people bought.

  • Ellipsian

    “Nick Jonas is now substantially less popular than, say, Vampire Weekend.” And thus order in the universe hath been restored.

    • FairNuff


      I actually like the Jonai and I didn’t buy this Nick J one…I did buy Vampire Weekend but I don’t like it as much as real afropop. Cute, though.

  • I only streamed Nneka’s album, which is spectacular. This week Sade’s album comes out, which has me excited.

    • Ryan

      Nneka’s album is out?? Or just online…?

  • B

    I’m surprised Lil Wayne didn’t beat Lady A. I’m not really a rap fan, but I remember his last album selling like crazy. But, as a Lady A fan, it’s good to see the attention they get. I think it’s well-deserved. They create pretty solid country-pop.

  • jaime

    Lady A so deserves it!!!


  • JP

    Sales are down period. No one will probably ever sell what NSYNC sold in one week. But to answer the question, I bought Nick jonas CD and I love it. Olive and an Arrow and Vespers Goodbye are amazing. as for Lil Wayne being out sold by a country-pop group, it is different, but based on the horrible reviews, it gives you a clue it wasn’t his best. That said Nick should have placed higher in my opinion, if the JB fans weren’t so fearful that Nick would leave if he did really well.

  • neetsie2000

    Glorified country-pop? The crap that passes for rap these days? Nick Jonas? The world has come to an end!

    • ckson

      The new genre is called gay-country.

  • AcaseofGeo

    I get so offended when people use derogatory words to describe my lifestyle. I am out and proud and LOOOOOOVE Lady A.

    • AcaseofGeo

      I don’t know who wrote this cuz its NOT the original ME. I am out and proud indeed. Thanx for the post UNDER MY NAME.

  • cory

    AcaseofGeo, glad to see you are out too!!

  • Nasir

    Re u outter frm d jail?

  • cory

    You’re an ignorant waste. Pop-off

  • Matt

    ditto that, cory. i can only imagine what this “guy” listens to…

  • AcaseofGeo

    Your comment should be deleted. Where are the EW content editors?

  • AcaseofGeo

    Ha! The offensive comment WAS removed, however, now my post looks like I’m angry at someone else. Anyway, I’m GLAD for LADY A. A good album, but its the title track, and that passionate note in the way they sing the word “NEED” that make it awesome.

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