On the charts: Johnny Cash, Joanna Newsom make their debuts; Sade still leads
Last week, country trio Lady Antebellum became the first artist of 2010 to cross the million-sold threshold. Smooth R&B masters Sade should hit that mark by the end of the month, as Epic effort "Soldier of Love" continues to top the U.S. pop chart, selling an additional 126,000 copies in the U.S. this week, according to Nielsen SoundScan.
To date, "Soldier of Love" has sold 820,000 copies, a total it has reached in just three weeks. Sade's 1994 "Best Of" set is also getting a boost, having returned to the charts and resting at No. 114 this week. The hits collection has sold more than 1.6 million copes.
Meanwhile, Lady Antebellum continues to hold at No. 2, and the Capitol Nashville album rings up an additional 114,000 copies sold, increasing its five-week tally to more than 1.1 million. Johnny Cash's posthumous "American VI: Ain't No Grave" (American Recordings) is the week's top debut, and enters the chart at No. 3 with 54,000 copies sold.
The prior volume in the series with producer Rick Rubin, "American V: A Hundred Highways," landed at No. 1 when it was released in the summer of 2006. First week sales of the latter topped 88,000 copies, and gave Cash his second No. 1 album on the overall pop chart (the artist has had far more toppers, of course, over on the country chart).
Party girl Ke$ha bolts back into the top 10 this week, as her debut "Animal" (RCA) jumps from No. 14 to No. 7. Sales this week were up 7% to 32,000 copies, giving Ke$ha a total of 407,000 sold since her January release. Billboard attributes the burst to a sale price of $7.99 at Best Buy.
Further down, pop-punk act the Alkaline Trio enters the chart at No. 11 with "This Addiction." It's the veteran act's first release for Silver Lake-based Epitaph, and it enters with more than 25,000 copies sold. Billboard reports that this is the act's second top 20 album.
Joanna Newsom, the week's most-talked-about release, lands further down at No. 75. The long-awaited, highly-ambitious three-CD Drag City set "Have One on Me" sold more than 7,000 copies in its first week, and gives the critically beloved Newsom a new high on the big chart. Her 2006 effort, "Ys," debuted and peaked at No. 134.
-- Todd Martens
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Photo: Joanna Newsom at Disney Hall in 2006. Credit: Lawrence K. Ho / Los Angeles Times