Lady 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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