Lady Antebellum returns to top the albums chart, followed closely by Marvin Sapp

lady_antebellumLady Antebellum were knocked off of the Billboard 200 throne last week, but not for long. The country trio’s Need You Now hopped right back to No. 1 on the album sales chart this week after selling a healthy 93,000 copies in week eight, according to Nielsen SoundScan. Ludacris, the guy who had unseated Lady A, fell back to No. 3 after moving 61,000 units of his Battle of the Sexes in his second week.

In between those two was gospel singer Marvin Sapp, who sold a nice 76,000 copies of his latest, Here I Am. Where he is: No. 2 on the Billboard 200. According to the publication, that’s higher than any gospel artist has reached in its half-century history.

No. 4 went to The Edge, a 2-CD roundup of “the hugest rock hits of the new millennium” — meat-and-potatoes radio smashes from the likes of Evanescence, Puddle of Mudd, Hoobastank, Korn, P.O.D., and more. Are we really nostalgic for this stuff already? Apparently 53,000 members of the record-buying public are. I hope they’ll pardon my snark.

Down at No. 11 we find the White Stripes with their live CD/DVD set Under the Great White Northern Lights. According to EW’s Stripes expert Whitney Pastorek, “If [this] is their last hurrah, it’s one hell of a good-bye.” About 29,000 fans agreed.

That was it for Top 20 Billboard 200 entries this week. Were you surprised by how high or low anyone placed? How much do you think Justin Bieber’s My World 2.0 will have sold when it shows up next week? Sound off in the comments below.

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Comments (11 total) Add your comment
  • wakeforce

    The highest position by ANY group in 2010 means less than it did in 1997 when God’s Property did it. Today you can hit #1 with less than 100,000 copies sold.

  • sandi

    wakeforce, nobody has even heard of God’s Property. What was that, like a rap album? Puh-lease.

    • baj24

      Wrong Sandi. I’ve heard of them and I don’t even listen to gospel music. I recall “Stomp” being a mainstream hit for them. According to Wikipedia the album sold 2.7 million copies so SOMEONE was listening.

      • sandi

        baj24…good for you….but you are a nobody. 2.7 million copies in a country of over 300 million isn’t much. I’ll bet they went to our nation’s prisons.

    • S.O.

      G.P. Are you Mit Me???

      • S.O.

        ooops, I meant “G.P. Are you Wit Me?”

    • wakeforce

      Sandi, go f**k yourself!

    • Fatima

      I had the God’s Property CD. They used to play Stomp on VH1 all the time. 2.7 is a lot, especially for gospel. Under your logic, it’s not that impressive that Thriller sold 25 million in a nation of 300 either.

  • Ilan Ben Menachem

    ooops, I meant “G.P. Are you Wit Me?”

  • Average American

    Sandi apparently is a Committed sinner. Gospel music clearly boils her Heart Brain and Spirit. So of course a demon such as herself would have never of heard “stomp” and cant appreciate the accomplishment of gospel music in a nation that sheaths christianity but is floded woith christian and gospel radio stations.

    Sandi we pray you hear “the Light”

  • pisos de obra nueva en elche

    Wow, awesome blog structure! How long have you been blogging for? you make running a blog glance easy. The total glance of your website is magnificent, let alone the content!

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