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Lady Antebellum

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.

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