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.
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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