After a three-week run at the top, Sade's Soldier of Love will be replaced at #1 on the Billboard albums chart by the very album she vanquished last month, Lady Antebellum's Need You Now. The country trio's second CD will retake the top spot thanks to sales of 126,000, while Sade will drop down a spot after moving 79,000 more units for sales of nearly 900,000 in four weeks, according to figures provided by Nielsen SoundScan.
Though he sold less than Kris Allen did in his first week, last season's #3 finisher on "American Idol," Danny Gokey, had a solid debut at #4 (65,000) with My Best Days a week after appearing on the show; Allen's self-titled album debuted at #11 on sales of 80,000 in November. Also breaking into the top five was country star Blake Shelton, whose Hillbilly Bone landed at #3 (71,000).
The soundtrack to Tim Burton's "Alice in Wonderland" re-imagining, Almost Alice — featuring songs from Avril Lavigne, the All-American Rejects, Owl City, Tokio Hotel and All Time Low — sold 58,000 copies to debut at #5, followed by the latest from rockers Lifehouse, Smoke & Mirrors (#6, 54,000).
The third album from R&B singer Raheem DeVaughn, The Love & War MasterPeace, debuted at #9 (45,000), just ahead of country newbie Easton Corbin's self-titled debut (#10, 43,000). The only holdovers in the top 10 were Lady Gaga's unstoppable The Fame (#7, 49,000), which is zeroing in on 3 million in sales, and the Black Eyed Peas' The E.N.D. (Energy Never Dies) (#8, 46,000). Just outside the top 10, Jason Derulo's self-titled debut hit #11 on sales of 42,000.
As he begins his one-year prison sentence, Lil Wayne's Rebirth will fall six spots to #12 (32,000), just ahead of Ke$ha's Animal, which drops six to #13 (30,000) as sales approach half a million. Also falling out of the top 10 is Justin Bieber's My World (27,000), which slid five spots to #15.
Among the other debuts this week: DJ Khaled's Victory (#14, 28,000), Peter Gabriel's covers album, Scratch My Back (#26, 20,000) and a live album from long-running shamrock punks Flogging Molly, Live at the Greek Theatre (#40, 13,000). Meanwhile, showing the power of another amazing viral video, OK Go's Of the Blue Colour of the Sky moved back onto the lower reaches of the charts to #179 after six weeks out of the top 200 thanks to the massive coverage of their Rube Goldberg-ian clip for "This Too Shall Pass."
Look for a shakeup at the top next week as new albums from Gorillaz, Ludacris and country singer Gary Allan crash the charts.