February 04, 2010 02:34:33 GMT
'Need You Now' arrives on the U.S. albums chart with a strong selling number which reaches 481,000.
Lady Antebellum take the top spot on Billboard Hot 200 with their second studio album "Need You Now", forcing last week's champ "Hope for Haiti" compilation to slip one place to No. 2. The trio's January 26 release has sold more than 481,000 copies, passing the expectation of selling around 425,000.
Led by Grammy-winning single "I Run to You", the album becomes the band's first chart-topper on the U.S. albums chart. In 2008, Dave Haywood, Charles Kelley and Hillary Scott could only bow at No. 4 with a self-titled effort "Lady Antebellum" which scanned 43,000 copies in its first week on sale.
Other new entries at the Hot 200 are Barry Manilow's compilation "The Greatest Love Songs of All Time" which debuts at No. 5 with 57,000, Corinne Bailey Rae's "The Sea" which opens at No. 7 with 53,000, and Celtic Woman's "Songs From the Heart" which arrives at No. 9 with 42,000 units.
With five newcomers cracking the Top 10, several albums are forced to move out of the list. Among them are Alicia Keys' "The Element of Freedom", Ke$ha's "Animal", Vampire Weekend's "Contra and Spoon's "Transference". Additionally Taylor Swift's "Fearless" also drops out of the Top 10, falling to No. 13 with additional 34,000 copies despite the Grammy hype over the weekend which had her bringing home four trophies.
As for next week, Lil Wayne's much-delayed first rock-themed album "Rebirth" is estimated to take the No. 1 spot from Lady Antebellum's with 125,000 to 150,000 copies. Other new releases which could have notable debuts include Nick Jonas' "Who I Am" and Rob Zombie's "Hellbilly Deluxe 2".
Top 10 of Billboard Hot 200: