Lady Antebellum returns to No. 1

'Need You Now' reclaims top of music charts

Lady Antebellum’s “Need You Now” returned to the No. 1 position on the U.S. album chart for a third time last week amid sluggish overall sales.

Country threesome’s Capitol Nashville set tallied 93,000 units, according to Nielsen SoundScan figures for the week ending March 21. Collection, which gained two positions despite an 11% slide, debuted at No. 1 in February, and bounced back to the top two weeks ago after being pushed down by Sade’s “Soldier of Love.”

Last week’s figures were the softest of the year so far — no title sold more than 100,000 units.

Crossover gospel singer Marvin Sapp’s “Here I Am” (Verity) was the week’s biggest debut, coming in at No. 2 with 76,000 copies sold. It’s a career best for the former lead singer of Commissioned whose 2007 album “Thirsty” peaked at No. 14.

Previous week’s No. 1 debut, Ludacris’ “Battle of the Sexes” (Def Jam), dropped two poles to No. 3. Ubiquitous actor-rapper’s set shifted 61,000 units, a 55% decline.

Razor & Tie’s compilation “The Edge” debuted at No. 4 with a 53,000-unit opening stanza. Budget-priced two-CD set features tracks from the heavier end of the commercial rock spectrum, including cuts by Staind, Korn, Trapt and Sublime.

Lady Gaga’s “The Fame” (Interscope) rose three slots to No. 5. Flamboyant diva’s long-running set tracked 48,000, bobbing up 2%.

Remainder of the top 10 was filled out by Sade’s “Soldier of Love” (No. 6, 40,000 units, down 23%), Jimi Hendrix’s “Valleys of Neptune” (No. 7, 39,000, down 59%), Black Eyed Peas’ “The E.N.D.” (No. 8, 39,000, down 9%), Gorillaz’s “Plastic Beach” (No. 9, 38,000, down 66%) and Justin Bieber’s “My World” (No. 10, 33,000, up 21%).

New titles by Bieber and She & Him and the 33rd volume of hits compilation “Now That’s What I Call Music” are poised for big chart debuts next week.

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