[artist id="1287"]Sade[/artist] has done it again. The mysterious chanteuse will notch her third week in a row at the top of the Billboard 200 albums chart next week with her Soldier of Love album. According to figures provided by Nielsen SoundScan, thanks to another slow week for new releases, the Nigerian-born singer moved another 127,000 copies of her first album in 10 years, for a three-week total topping 820,000.
The only other debut in the top 10 was a posthumous disc from late country giant Johnny Cash, American VI: Ain’t No Grave, containing some of the final recordings from the singer, including covers of tunes by Sheryl Crow, Kris Kristofferson and Tom Paxton. The Rick Rubin-produced disc sold 54,000 in its debut week.
The rest of the top 10 was largely unchanged: Lady Antebellum‘s Need You Now (#2, 118,000), Black Eyed Peas‘ The E.N.D. (Energy Never Dies) (#4, 50,000), Lady Gaga‘s The Fame (#5, 48,000), Lil Wayne‘s Rebirth (#6, 38,000), Ke$ha‘s Animal (#7, 32,000), Susan Boyle‘s I Dreamed a Dream (#8, 30,000), Taylor Swift‘s Fearless (#9, 28,000) and Justin Bieber‘s My World (#10, 26,000).
Just outside the top 10, landing at #11 was long-running punk band Alkaline Trio, whose This Addiction moved nearly 26,000 copies, while further down the list was Texas emo act the Rocket Summer, the solo project from Stephen Bryce Avary, which hit #38 with album #4, Of Men and Angels (13,000). The ambitious three-album set from freak-folk queen Joanna Newsom, Have One On Me, had an impressive debut at #74 on sales of more than 7,000, while last year’s “American Idol” winner, Kris Allen, got a huge bump from his Haiti benefiting appearance on the show last week, which bumped his self-titled debut up 57 spots to #81 (7,000) as sales leaped 61 percent.
A bit further down the line, producer to the stars Butch Walker (Pink, Katy Perry, Weezer) waltzed into the #116 spot with I Liked It Better When You Had No Heart (5,000), and another former “Idol,” last season’s #4 finisher, Allison Iraheta, moved back onto the charts at #161 with her debut, Just Like You, (3,000) which also benefited from a performance spot on last week’s “Idol” and pushed the disc to nearly 90,000 in sales to date.
Sade could have some company next week, when the debut from Jason Derulo finally hits the charts, along with new ones from country singer Blake Shelton, Lifehouse, the debut from “Idol” vet Danny Gokey, a posthumous Jimi Hendrix album and Peter Gabriel‘s eclectic covers collection.