Lady Antebellum Control The Chart

Robbie Daw | February 3, 2010 10:09 am

Best Country Performance Grammy winners Lady Antebellum can keep the bubbly flowing, as the trio’s LP Need You Now will land at #1 on the new Billboard Top 200 Albums chart published tomorrow. The band’s sophomore set ended up shifting 481,000 copies, making it the biggest sales week for a new album since Susan Boyle’s I Dreamed A Dream barreled out of the gate back in November.

So where does that leave trilling Scottish tart Boyle and the rest of the players this week? Hop below to see how things shook out.

Last week’s chart topper, the Hope For Haiti Now compilation, is bumped down to #2, and has now racked up an 11-day sales total of 314,000. Meanwhile, Lady Gaga’s The Fame holds the #3 position for a second week, likely due to her Grammy nomination momentum.

Other than Lady Antebellum, three other new releases crash into the Top 10 in the form of Barry Manilow’s The Greatest Love Songs Of All Time (#5), Corinne Bailey Rae’s The Sea (#7) and Celtic Woman’s Songs From The Heart (#9). Never underestimate the sales power of slow jams and old crooners women like to toss their panties at as Valentine’s Day nears.

Looking ahead, here’s hoping all the inventive marketing Nick Jonas has been doing pays off when his new album Who I Am debuts next week. Also, despite its slow, steady leak over the past few months, Lil Wayne’s newly-released Rebirth is now the most downloaded record on iTunes.

The Top 10 of Billboard‘s Top 200 Albums:

1. Lady Antebellum, Need You Now *new* 2. Various Artists, Hope For Haiti Now 3. Lady Gaga, The Fame 4. Susan Boyle, I Dreamed A Dream 5. Barry Manilow, The Greatest Love Songs Of All Time *new* 6. Michael Jackson, This Is It 7. Corinne Bailey Rae, The Sea *new* 8. Various Artists, 2010 Grammy Nominees 9. Celtic Woman, Songs From The Heart *new* 10. The Black Eyed Peas, The E.N.D.