Band of Horses breaks away on "Infinite Arms"

Thu May 27, 2010 11:49pm EDT
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By Michael D. Ayers

NEW YORK (Reuters) - After two successful albums, South Carolina-based country rock group Band of Horses were riding high and, by all estimates, should have had an easy time finding money to make their third record.

But the band's members broke with tradition and decided against using music label cash in order to retain control over the rights to their songs, opting to fund the record themselves by licensing their previous records for corporate marketing -- an act some music purists consider is "selling out."

The result: it nearly left them broke, but it did produce their new "Infinite Arms," which hit record stores last week in a solid debut.

"The record was expensive and it did put me in some rough spots here and there," Band of Horses founder Ben Bridwell, told Reuters. "Sometimes people can catch flack for licensing songs and stuff, but if we weren't doing that, I wouldn't be able to fund this record. I got low, but was never about to go pawn my guitars."

That's a good thing for the band and its fans.

This week, "Infinite Arms" debuted at No. 7 on the Billboard 200 and in one week has sold 45,000 units, according to Nielsen SoundScan. The number more than doubles 2007's "Cease to Begin" first week sales of 21,000.

To date, Band of Horses best-selling album has been 2006's "Everything All the Time," with a total 193,000 copies to date. "Cease to Begin" is close behind at 189,000.

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