Adele's '21' hangs on at no. 2

Country trio Lady Antebellum’s “Own the Night” owned the U.S. album chart again, reaching No. 1 with its second consecutive album.

Hillary Scott, Dave Haywood and Charles Kelley’s third Capitol Nashville release took the top slot with a 347,000-unit debut week, according to Nielsen SoundScan data for the week ended Sept. 18. Stoked by its titular hit, group’s sophomore album “Need You Now” also debuted at No. 1 in February 2010 with 481,000 shifted; that title has sold 3.65 million to date and was last year’s No. 2 bestseller.

Adele’s “21” (Columbia) continued to chug along, holding at No. 2 and topping the 3.5 million mark with a 199,000-unit frame, declining just 2%.

After two weeks at No. 1, rapper Lil Wayne’s “Tha Carter IV” (Cash Money) drifted down to No. 3 with sales of 117,000, down 47%.

The week was marked by four comparatively quiet top-10 debuts.

Country singer-songwriter Brantley Gilbert’s “Halfway to Heaven” (Valory) entered at No. 4 with 51,000 sold. Set is a re-release of a 2010 collection that previously sold 135,000 on the smaller Average Joe’s label.

Staind” (Atlantic), self-titled release by the veteran Massachusetts hard rock act, debuted at No. 5 behind a 47,000-unit frame. Tally is considerably down from 92,000-unit total of group’s No. 3 2008 album “The Illusion of Progress.”

Another well-traveled Massachusetts act, metal band Dream Theater, arrived at No. 8 with its 11th studio album, “A Dramatic Turn of Events” (Roadrunner); collection shifted 36,000. Christian metal’s the Devil Wears Prada made its first top 10 appearance with “Dead Throne” (Ferret), which bowed at No. 10 with a 32,000-unit stanza.

Holdovers included the Beatles’ “1” (No. 6, 46,000 sold, down 24%), George Strait’s “Here for a Good Time” (No. 7, 43,000, down 53%) and Jay-Z and Kanye West’s “Watch the Throne” (No. 9, 36,000, off 28%).

The coming week’s chart contenders include Tony Bennett’s “Duets II,” Tori Amos’ “Night of Hunters” and the soundtrack album for Cameron Crowe’s doc “Pearl Jam Twenty.”

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