Lady Antebellum Scores #1 Album
September 21, 2011

Lady Antebellum returns to the top of the chart this week as their new album, Own The Night, scores a #1 debut with 347,500 copies sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan. It is the group's second #1 album, and it's the largest start for any Country release since Taylor Swift's Speak Now bowed with 1.05 million copies in November 2010. Adele's 21 remains in the #2 slot this week with 119,000, and Lil Wayne's Tha Carter IV falls from #1 to #3 with 116,500. The rest of the Top 10 contains four new debuts, starting with Country singer Brantley Gilbert at #4 with Halfway to Heaven, selling 51,000. The album actually re-entered the chart after it was reissued last week by Valory Music. The formerly independently-released set, now distributed by Universal Music Group, spent 71 weeks on the Country Albums chart from April 2010 until August of this year, according to

Meanwhile, Staind bows at #5 with their new, self-titled album, shifting just over 47,000 in the first week. This gives Staind their fourth Top 10 album. George Strait's Here For A Good Time stands at #6 with 42,800 sold, and Dream Theater bows at #7 with A Dramatic Turn Of Events, moving just under 36,000 units. It's their second Top 10 set. Jay-Z and Kanye West occupy the #8 slot with Watch The Throne, shifting 35,700, and The Devil Wears Prada bows at #9 with Dead Throne, starting with 32,400. Finally, the Red Hot Chili Peppers' I'm With You fills out the #10 spot with 32,000 sold this week.

Just outside the Top 10, Anthrax bows at #11 with their comeback album, Worship Music, moving 28,500 copies. Primus also made their long-awaited comeback with Green Naugahyde, entering the chart at #14 with 24,400.

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