Sade To Take No. 1 On Billboard 200 Next Week

Sade Clocks Third Week At No. 1 On Billboard 200


Expect the smooth sounds of Sade to overtake the No. 1 slot on the Billboard 200 album chart next week, as industry sources project the group's new effort "Soldier of Love" could sell between 375,000 to 400,000 by week's end on Feb. 14.

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It will be the act's second No. 1 album -- its first came way back in 1986 with "Promise." "Soldier of Love" is the first studio effort from the band -- led by vocalist Sade Adu -- since "Lovers Rock" was released in 2000. That set debuted and peaked at No. 3 on the Billboard 200 with 370,000 sold in its first week.

Since its release, "Lovers Rock" has sold 3.9 million in the U.S., according to Nielsen SoundScan. The new album's title track recently became Sade's eighth top 10 hit on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart -- its first since "Kiss of Life" reached No. 9 in 1993.

Sade played NBC's "Today" and CBS' "The Late Show With David Letterman" yesterday (Feb. 9) and is scheduled to visit ABC's "The View" today. Next week, Sade drops by "The Ellen DeGeneres Show" (Feb. 15), "Jimmy Kimmel Live" (Feb. 16) and "The Wanda Sykes Show" (Feb. 20).

Other albums headed for notable debuts on next week's Billboard 200 include Jaheim's "Another Round," Josh Turner's "Haywire," TobyMac's "Tonight" and Celtic Thunder's "It's Entertainment!"

Next week's Billboard 200 competes with the same week in 2009 when Taylor Swift's "Fearless" returned to No. 1, selling 92,000 (up 44%) following her performance on the Grammy Awards (Feb. 8, 2009). Robert Plant and Alison Krauss' "Raising Sand," last year's winner of the Grammy for album of the year, flew from No. 69 to No. 2 with 77,000 (up 715%). The highest debut on the list came from India.Arie's "Testimony: Vol. 2, Love & Politics," arriving at No. 3 with 75,000.