Nearly 10 years after the group's last studio effort, Sade is back with "Soldier of Love," blasting in at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 albums chart with 502,000 copies sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan.
"Soldier of Love" gives Sade its first No. 1 debut and its best sales week since SoundScan began tracking sales in 1991. On top of that, it's the best sales week for an album by a group since AC/DC's "Black Ice" bulldozed to No. 1 on the chart dated Nov. 8, 2008, with 784,000, Billboard.com reports.
"Soldier" is Sade's second No. 1 album. Its first, "Promise," spent two weeks at the top of the chart in 1986. The new album is also the first studio effort from the band - led by vocalist Sade Adu - since "Lovers Rock" was released in November of 2000. That set debuted and peaked at No. 3 on the Billboard 200.
Last week's No. 1, Lady Antebellum's "Need You Now," slips to No. 2.