Lady Antebellum's 'Golden'

'Golden' takes the top slot with debut-week sales of 167,000

A new title by top country trio Lady Antebellum staved off a challenge by the soundtrack for “The Great Gatsby” to take No. 1 on the U.S. album chart.

Lady A’s “Golden” (Capitol Nashville) took the top slot with debut-week sales of 167,000, according to Nielsen SoundScan data for the week ending May 12. Threesome of Hillary Scott, Charles Kelley and Dave Haywood have settled in at No. 1 throughout their career; all four of the act’s non-seasonal albums have reached the pinnacle.

However, dividends have decreased for the group somewhat: 2011’s “Own the Night” entered with a first-week tally of 347,000, more than double the score for “Golden.”

Interscope’s “Gatsby” soundtrack launched at No. 2 with a potent 137,000-unit stanza. Director Baz Luhrmann’s adaptation of the 1925 F. Scott Fitzgerald novel includes anachronistic tracks by Jay-Z (who executive produced the music), Beyonce, Lana Del Rey, Florence and the Machine and Gotye, among others. Pic opened with a $51 million weekend.

The 46th installment of the “Now” hits compilation series arrived at No. 3 behind a 91,000-copy week. The Universal-distributed entry in the franchise includes chart-topping singles by Bruno Mars, Fun., One Direction, Taylor Swift, Pitbull and others.

Female country collective Pistol Annies – Miranda Lambert, Ashley Monroe and Angaleena Presley — took No. 5 with their sophomore set “Annie Up” (RCA Nashville), which bowed with 84,000 sold. Title bettered the No. 5 arrival of 2011’s debut package “Hell On Heels,” which came aboard with 44,000 sold.

Week’s other top 10 debut was Rod Stewart’s Capitol bow “Time,” which signed on at No. 7 with 52,000 moved. Collection is the U.K. star’s first set of original material since 2001’s “Human,” which peaked at No. 50; since, he has focused on installments in his “Great American Songbook” series of pop standards, all but one of which reached the top 10.

The week’s top 10 holdovers included Michael Buble’s “To Be Loved” (No. 4, 83,000, down 12%), Justin Timberlake’s “The 20/20 Experience” (No. 6, 65,000, off 5%), Kenny Chesney’s “Life On a Rock” (No. 8, 48,000, down 68%), Blake Shelton’s “Based on a True Story…” (No. 9, 38,000, up 9%) and Bruno Mars’ “Unorthodox Jukebox” (No. 10, 32,000, up 24%).

New releases by Vampire Weekend, George Strait and Demi Lovato will be in the running for top chart entries next week.

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