Lady Antebellum Returning To No. 1 On Billboard 200
As predicted, Lady Antebellum's "Need You Now" seems set to return to No. 1 on next week's Billboard 200 albums chart, thus earning its fifth non-consecutive week at the top of the tally.
Industry sources suggest that the set may sell only about 57,000 to a little over 60,000 copies by week's end on Sunday, May 16. The last time we saw the top-selling album of the week sell less than 70,000 was back in January of 2009 when Taylor Swift's "Fearless" strung together three sub-70,000 frames.
If, however, Lady Antebellum's "Need You Now" hits No. 1 next week with less than 60,000, it will mark the lowest-ever sales week at the top of the Billboard 200 since Nielsen SoundScan began powering the chart with its sales data in May of 1991.
Currently, the lowest sales week for a No. 1 album occurred when the "Dreamgirls" soundtrack spent its second and final week at the top in January of 2007, selling a handful of copies over 60,000.
But, with the weekend still in play, anything is possible. The final numbers for this sales week until next Wednesday morning (May 19).
The coming weeks will bring the Billboard 200 some hopefully-big albums. On May 18 comes the "Glee: Showstoppers" set and then on May 25 we'll see the arrival of the "Sex and the City 2" soundtrack and the new Stone Temple Pilots album.
After that, new studio albums are due from Jack Johnson (June 1), Christina Aguilera and Dierks Bentley (June 8), Sarah McLachlan, Young Jeezy and Drake (June 15), Miley Cyrus and Eminem (June 22) and the Game, Rick Ross and a Jay-Z hits compilation (June 29).