Lady Antebellum’s “Golden” Album Sales Way Down, But Number One Certain

Since breaking out several years ago, Lady Antebellum, though irrefutably successful, has been unable to recreate the commercial, radio-friendly magic of “Need You Now.” That reality is taking its toll on the group’s album sales.

Though a number one is essentially assured for new release “Golden,” it is pacing for an opening-week total of only 150,000, according to Billboard Magazine. “Own the Night,” its predecessor, opened to the tune of 347,000 first-week sales, while the “Need You Now” album nearly moved 500,000.

Lead cut “Downtown” is performing well on the country charts, but it has not broken out as a mainstream hit and was thus not enough to return the act to its peak.

Also debuting this week: the star-studded “The Great Gatsby” soundtrack, which Billboard expects will move around 90,000 copies, subject surely to interest stemming from the film’s release this weekend.

Written by Brian Cantor

Brian Cantor is the editor-in-chief for Headline Planet. He has been a leading reporter in the music, movie, television and sporting spaces since 2002.

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