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Looks like Sade (the band)’s commercial appeal is every bit as timeless as Sade (the lead singer)’s voice: Soldier of Love, the soul act’s first album since 2000, sold a whopping 502,000 copies in its first week, according to Nielsen SoundScan. That’s more than enough to secure Sade the top spot on the new Billboard 200 albums chart — indeed, it’s the strongest debut anyone has managed since Susan Boyle notched 701,000 last fall. Lady Antebellum, for instance, bowed with a bit less (481,000) last month; this week their Need You Now sold 208,000, falling for the first time to No. 2.

R&B crooner Jaheim scored a No. 3 debut with a very nice 112,000 copies sold of his Another Round. Speaking of rounds, something tells me the next few are on Jaheim! (Sorry, that was a very lame joke.)

Country’s Josh Turner might not know who Rick Astley is, but that shocking fact didn’t stop 85,000 people from buying his Haywire, enough for a No. 5 finish. Turner’s hit single “Why Don’t We Just Dance” no doubt helped boost those sales.

One spot below at No. 6, we find Christian pop-rapper tobyMac, who sold 79,o00 copies of his Tonight.

The next-highest chart debut doesn’t come til way down at No. 17, where Dave Matthews & Tim Reynolds landed after selling 35,000 copies of their Live in Las Vegas.

The Valentine’s Day soundtrack, meanwhile, barely squeaked in at No. 20 with 29,000 copies sold, even as its namesake film rocked the box office.

One album that fared better on V-Day: Michael Bublé‘smonths-oldCrazy Love, which racked up 48,000 in new sales in the week leading up to the holiday — nearly double what he did the previous week — placing him at No. 11.

What do you think of this week’s sales figures? Did you buy the Sade album, or any of this week’s other debuts? Do you think Sade will stay at No. 1 next week? Sound off in the comments.

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