By Simon Vozick-Levinson
Updated February 24, 2010 at 04:48 PM EST

Last week didn’t see many big-selling new releases arrive in stores, so the battle to win the latest Billboard 200 album sales chart came down to two familiar contenders: Sade, who debuted the previous week with a spectacular 502,000 copies sold, and Lady Antebellum, who have continued to post strong sales since bowing with 481,000 in January.

It was a close match, but in the end Sade took the No. 1 spot again, selling 190,000 copies of their Soldier of Love, according to Nielsen SoundScan. Lady Antebellum was behind with 144,000 units moved of their Need You Now, enough for No. 2 — which puts them over the million-sold mark in a mere month’s time. Both Sade and Lady Antebellum have now shown they can go on drawing six-figure numbers for more than one sales frame. Keep an eye on the charts in the weeks to come to see which act ultimately has more staying power.

Otherwise, as noted, this was a fairly static week on the charts. The Black Eyed PeasThe E.N.D. made a small but notable leap from No. 8 to No. 3 after they released a buzzy music video, helping them sell 65,000.

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