Sade's 'Soldier of Love' tops Billboard 200
Lady Antebellum slips to No. 2 spotRemember those late-'70s buttons that proclaimed, "Blondie is a group"? Maybe it's time for an update, because Sade is a group.
That's notable because not only does the quartet fronted by singer and face Sade Adu blast onto the Billboard 200 at No. 1 with a 502,000-unit opening week, but because its "Soldier of Love" makes it 8-for-8 in scoring top 10 albums. The only other group to reach the top tier with its first eight releases was a little combo called Led Zeppelin, which did so with its first 10, including the 1983 odds-and-ends set "Coda."
"Soldier" -- Sade's first album in nearly a decade and its second chart-topper, after 1985's "Promise" -- marks the band's best sales week in the 19-year SoundScan era and the biggest frame for any group since AC/DC's "Black Ice" moved 784,000 in November 2008.
Country trio Lady Antebellum slips a notch after two weeks at the summit, but its sophomore record remains hot. "Need You Now" posted its third consecutive week of 200,000-plus sales, down only 1,000 copies from the previous week's 209,000.
Three other albums bow in the top 10: R&B singer Jaheim's "Another Round" (No. 3, 112,000 units), country act Josh Turner's "Haywire" (No. 5, 85,000) and Christian rapper tobyMac's "Tonight" (No. 6 and a personal-best 79,000).
Billboard analyst Keith Caulfield contributed to this report.