Lady Antebellum Storms The Charts with ‘Need You Now’

Lady Antebellum defied all sales projections this week to topple all the competition -including a strong-selling digital album from Hope For Haiti to score the second-best selling country music debut since Taylor Swift’s Fearless in 2008. 

They may have been like Susan Boyle and Dreamed A Dream, but Lady Antebellum probably weren’t nearly as Fearless as Taylor Swift in predicting the first week sales of their Sophomore album Need You Now.  The album not only met the predicted 400,000 copies-sold marker but they bypassed it by nearly another 81,000 units to end the week at 480,992 copies sold, more than enough to keep the Hope For Haiti digital benefit album (which has a track by Taylor Swift) from repeating as the #1 album.  The second country album on the Nielsen SoundScan charts this week belongs to Taylor Swift who moved another 33,000 copies of her Album of the Year Grammy-winner Fearless.   Lady Antebellum follows them up with their self-titled debut. The album, which features the Grammy and CMA Award-winning “I Run to You,”  experienced a 32% sales bump, thanks largely to folks who were among those 481,000 who didn’t yet purchase either album.  Fresh off their Best New Artist Grammy win, the Zac Brown Band experienced a 27% sales increase this week for their debut album The Foundation.  Rounding out the Top 10 country albums this week is the third album from Carrie Underwood.  Play On sold 2% more than last week and has now sold over 1.263 million albums.  

LW TW Artist Album Sales TW Sales Total
New 1 Lady Antebellum Need You Now 480,922 480,968
10 13 Taylor Swift Fearless 33,562 5,466,046
16 15 Lady Antebellum Lady Antebellum 31,043 1,453,734
25 22 Zac Brown Band Foundation 17,278 1,528,884
24 29 Carrie Underwood Play On 18,132 1,263,001

Jason Aldean leads the second half of the Top 10 selling country albums on the Nielsen SoundScan charts this week as Wide Open moved another 16,000 copies to give Aldean a 9% sales increase over last week.  Patty Griffin debuts on the chart this week with her latest stunning album, Downtown Church.  Darius Rucker saw his album drop in placement on the chart yet it picked up 20% more in sales pushing Learn to Live to nearly 1.3 million copies sold.  Miranda Lambert experienced a sales increase as well as her fantastic Revolution continues to find more homes.  It was up 5% over last week and the album has sold nearly 400,000 copies. Tim McGraw rounds out this week’s Top 10 and like the other hold-over albums, Southern Voice too experienced a sales gain over the previous week.  The album is now nearing 600,000 copies sold.


LW TW Artist Album Sales TW Sales Total
28 32 Jason Aldean Wide Open 16,189 1,017,914
New 37 Patty Griffin Downtown Church 14,612 14,673
44 47 Darius Rucker Learn To Live 12,545 1,285,450
43 51 Miranda Lambert Revolution 11,012 393,042
48 60 Tim McGraw Southern Voice 9,351 598,377

As with every other week, this week we have an interesting set of five albums that don’t follow the Top 10 on the Nielsen SoundScan charts.  Chris Young’s sophomore album has now found its way in the hearts of over 200,000 fans as the title track continues to run up the charts.  Meanwhile, there are a few greatest hits records worth mentioning as Kenny Chesney’s soon-to-be-updated Greatest Hits II, Brooks & Dunn #1’s…And Then Some and Rascal Flatts’ Greatest Hits, Vol. 1 all experienced nice sales gains this week with the Flatts’ album experiencing the biggest increase.  Rounding out this week’s chart rundown is the self-titled debut album from Justin Moore.  The album sold another 3,000 copies to move the album closer to 190,000 copies sold, as “Backwoods” continues its march up the charts.


LW TW Artist Album Sales TW Sales Total
104 98 Chris Young Man I Want To Be 5,728 200,287
141 147 Kenny Chesney Greatest Hits II 3,563 568,588
139 149 Brooks & Dunn #1′s…And Then Some 3,546 264,058
154 158 Justin Moore Justin Moore 3,282 187,784
181 161 Rascal Flatts Greatest Hits Vol 1. 3,185 827,920