Hey, Lady: Is Lady Antebellum making all the money these days, or does it just seem like it? Capitol Nashville’s country triumvirate places the top debut outside the to 10 this week, as its live “iTunes Session” racks up 18,000 units, according to Nielsen SoundScan numbers for the week ending Aug. 22. We could say those sales were “out of the box,” but there’s no box — virtual title is exclusive to Apple’s Web store. Group’s Capitol Nashville album “Need You Now” stands at No. 6 this week; its 35% gain was probably pushed by the iTunes set.
Sons of a Gun: Mumford & Sons continue to inch their way up the chart week by week and slot by slot. English unit’s “Sigh No More,” on Daniel Glass’ indie Glassnote Records, gains 18% this week to creep up to No. 19. Now in its 30th week (!!!) on the chart, the album is within striking distance of the top 10. It’d be nice, in this day of the quick hit, to see an artist development story take root near the top of the chart.