'Need You Now' back in first place
Lady Antebellum’s “Need You Now” rebounded back to No.1 on the national album chart, heading a top 10 that saw six new arrivals.The Grammy-winning country trio’s sophomore album sold 126,000 to reclaim the top spot, according to Nielsen SoundScan figures for the week ending March 7. The LP, which gained 6% for the week, has sold more than 1.2 million copies in six weeks. Sade’s “Soldier of Love” (Epic) dropped to No. 2 with a 79,000-unit week, after three weeks at the apex. The set, closing in on sales of 1 million, lost 37% in its fourth frame. Country singer Blake Shelton’s “Hillbilly Bone” (Warner) shifted 71,000 in its debut week, good for a No. 3 opening. The six-track mini-album of fresh material drew traffic with a sub-$10 tag. “American Idol” grad Danny Gokey’s “My Best Days” (19/RCA Nashville) bowed at No. 4, moving 65,000 units in its first week. It’s the first album by the Milwaukee native, who placed third on the Fox talent show last season. “Almost Alice” (Disney/Buena Vista), a companion to Disney’s 3D smash “Alice in Wonderland,” moved in at No. 5, conjuring sales of 58,000. The package includes Avril Lavigne’s soundtrack number “Alice” and tracks by such acts as Owl City, Franz Ferdinand and the Cure’s Robert Smith. (Tim Burton’ pic opened with a record-busting $116 million domestic B.O. take.) Lifehouse’s “Smoke and Mirrors” (Geffen), the first album by the L.A. band in three years, entered at No. 6, tracking sales of 54,000 in its first week. The group’s last collection, “Who We Are,” went gold. Two long-legged Interscope titles hung onto poles in the top 10, despite some slippage: Lady Gaga’s “The Fame,” dipped two positions to No. 7 (49,000 units, up 2%) and Black Eyed Peas “The E.N.D.,” fell four rungs to No. 8 (46,000 units, down 7%). R&B vocalist Raheem DeVaughn’s “The Love & War MasterPeace” (Jive) fired its opening shot at No. 9 with sales of 45,000. Country singer Easton Corbin’s self-titled Mercury Nashville album swings in at No. 10, shifting 43,000. Floridian scored a top 10 hit last year with “A Little More Country Than That.” Top candidates for big entries next week include new titles by Gorillaz, Broken Bells, the Chieftains and Ry Cooder and the late Jimi Hendrix.
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