Blake Shelton, Lady Antebellum Bring Country to Top of Album Chart

Blake Shelton, Lady Antebellum Bring Country
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After two weeks in which the traditional pop of Barbra Streisand and Tony Bennett (with Lady Gaga) held sway, country music roared back to the top of the U.S. album chart as Blake Shelton and Lady Antebellum claimed the No. 1 and No. 2 slots, respectively.

“The Voice” coach Shelton’s “Bringing Back the Sunshine” (Warner Bros.) took the apex with a 101,000-unit sales week, according to Nielsen SoundScan data for the week ending Oct. 5. It’s Shelton’s second chart-topper: His “River City Blue” moved in at No. 1 in 2011.

Trio Lady Antebellum was denied its fourth consecutive No. 1 album, as “747” (Capitol Nashville) placed on the chart with a 74,000-unit frame. The threesome of Hilary Scott, Charles Kelley and Dave Haywood previously aced the chart with “Golden” (2013), “Own the Night” (2011) and “Need You Now” (2010).

Streisand’s “Partners” (No. 3, 73,000 sold, down 43%) and Bennett and Gaga’s “Cheek to Cheek” (No. 4, 59,000, off 55%) were pushed down by the Nashville incursion.

Thirty years after “Purple Rain” lit up the screen and the charts, Prince again proved his sales power with a double-barreled chart feat. The singer-songwriter-producer-guitarist’s solo work “Art Official Age” moved in at No. 5 with sales of 51,000, while “Plectrumelectrum,” cut with his band 3rdeyegirl, arrived at No. 8, shifting 26,000. His last studio album “20Ten” (2010) failed to chart in the U.S. and was distributed free through various publications internationally. The current releases are being distributed by Prince’s onetime label Warner Bros., with which he stormily parted ways in the ‘90s.

“No Sound Without Silence” (Columbia) by Irish pop band the Script was the week’s other new top-10 title, bowing at No. 10 with 24,000 sold. The act is fronted by vocalist Danny O’Donoghue, a onetime coach of the U.K. edition of “The Voice.”

Other top-10 holdovers for the week included Kenny Chesney’s “The Big Revival” (No. 6, 39,000 sold, off 70%), Maroon 5’s “V” (No. 7, 31,000, up 19%) and Chris Brown’s “X” (No. 9, 24,000, down 36%). Maroon 5 received a lift from its “Saturday Night Live” appearance.

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