A new title by top country trio Lady Antebellum staved off a challenge by the soundtrack for âThe Great Gatsbyâ to take No. 1 on the U.S. album chart.
Lady Aâs âGoldenâ (Capitol Nashville) took the top slot with debut-week sales of 167,000, according to Nielsen SoundScan data for the week ending May 12. Threesome of Hillary Scott, Charles Kelley and Dave Haywood have settled in at No. 1 throughout their career; all four of the actâs non-seasonal albums have reached the pinnacle.
However, dividends have decreased for the group somewhat: 2011âs âOwn the Nightâ entered with a first-week tally of 347,000, more than double the score for âGolden.â
Interscopeâs âGatsbyâ soundtrack launched at No. 2 with a potent 137,000-unit stanza. Director Baz Luhrmannâs adaptation of the 1925 F. Scott Fitzgerald novel includes anachronistic tracks by Jay-Z (who executive produced the music), Beyonce, Lana Del Rey, Florence and the Machine and Gotye, among others. Pic opened with a $51 million weekend.
The 46th installment of the âNowâ hits compilation series arrived at No. 3 behind a 91,000-copy week. The Universal-distributed entry in the franchise includes chart-topping singles by Bruno Mars, Fun., One Direction, Taylor Swift, Pitbull and others.
Female country collective Pistol Annies â Miranda Lambert, Ashley Monroe and Angaleena Presley -- took No. 4 with their sophomore set âAnnie Upâ (RCA Nashville), which bowed with 83,000 sold. Title bettered the No. 5 arrival of 2011âs debut package âHell On Heels,â which came aboard with 44,000 sold.
Weekâs other top 10 debut was Rod Stewartâs Capitol bow âTime,â which signed on at No. 7 with 52,000 moved. Collection is the U.K. starâs first set of original material since 2001âs âHuman,â which peaked at No. 50; since, he has focused on installments in his âGreat American Songbookâ series of pop standards, all but one of which reached the top 10.
The weekâs top 10 holdovers included Michael Bubleâs âTo Be Lovedâ (No. 5, 74,000 sold, down 22%), Justin Timberlakeâs âThe 20/20 Experienceâ (No. 6, 65,000, off 5%), Kenny Chesneyâs âLife On a Rockâ (No. 8, 48,000, down 68%), Blake Sheltonâs âBased on a True Storyâ¦â (No. 9, 38,000, up 9%) and Bruno Marsâ âUnorthodox Jukeboxâ (No. 10, 32,000, up 24%).
New releases by Vampire Weekend, George Strait and Demi Lovato will be in the running for top chart entries next week.