By Simon Vozick-Levinson
March 03, 2010 at 04:53 PM EST

Memo to all artists planning their next releases: Think twice before dropping your album any time near when Sade has a new one on shelves. The British soul act is ruling the new Billboard 200 albums chart for a third week straight after selling another 127,000 copies of Soldier of Love, according to Nielsen SoundScan. For now, at least, Sade is proving unstoppable.

Lady Antebellum are also doing pretty well for themselves on the charts. Just like last week and the week before, the country trio is close behind Sade at No. 2 with 118,000 copies sold of Need You Now. It remains to be seen whether they can surge back and recapture No. 1, where they resided for two weeks in February, but that prospect is looking less likely by the minute.

The first new entry on this week’s chart is Johnny Cash, whose latest posthumous album, the critical favorite American VI: Ain’t No Grave, checks in at No. 3 with 54,000 sold. With powerhouses like Sade and Lady A still going strong but not much of anything else out there, that’s enough for a solid bronze finish.

Down at No. 10 we find Alkaline Trio, whose This Addiction moved a modest but respectable 26,000. No other new entries made it into the top 20 this week.

What do you think of these results? Did you buy any of these albums last week? How long do you think Sade and Lady Antebellum’s No. 1/No. 2 stalemate can last?

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