Canada rockers Arcade Fire heat up U.S. album chart
By Keith Caulfield
LOS ANGELES (Billboard) - Montreal rock band Arcade Fire illuminated the top spot on the U.S. pop chart for the first time in its career on Wednesday.
The group sold 156,000 copies of "The Suburbs," its third release, during the week ended August 8, according to Nielsen SoundScan. Its previous album, 2007's "Neon Bible," debuted at No. 2 with 92,000 copies.
"The Suburbs" reaped the benefits of a week-long sale in Amazon's MP3 store, where it was priced at $3.99. Apple's iTunes Store offered the set for a standard $9.99. While SoundScan's data do not reveal how many were sold only through Amazon's MP3 store, downloads from all retailers made up 62% of the album's first week (97,000 downloads out of 156,000 total sales). Comparably, "Neon Bible" saw 30% of its first week come from digital sales (27,000 of its 92,000 opening frame).
Last week's No. 1, Avenged Sevenfold's "Nightmare," slid to No. 3 with 45,000. Eminem's "Recovery" held at No. 2 with 152,000.
Three other debuts graced the top 10. Rapper Bun B's "Trill O.G." started at No. 4 with 41,000. His previous album, 2008's "Il Trill," debuted and peaked at No. 2 with 98,000.
Lady Gaga's "The Remix" landing at No. 6 with 39,000, the first remix set to reach the top 10 since the "Hannah Montana 2: Non-Stop Dance Party" album debuted and peaked at No. 7 in February 2008.
Buckcherry's "All Night Long" came in at No. 10 with 28,000. It's the rock band's first studio set since 2008's "Black Butterfly," which flew in at No. 8 with 47,000.
Elsewhere, Rick Ross' "Teflon Don" fell two to No. 5 (39,000), Justin Bieber's "My World 2.0" dropped three to No. 7 (37,000), Drake's "Thank Me Later" was also down three, to No. 8 (31,000). Lady Antebellum's "Need You Now," slipped two to No. 9 (29,000).
Overall album sales totaled 5.26 million units, up 1% compared to the previous week, but down 13% compared to the comparable sales week of 2009. Year to date album sales stand at 180.2 million, down 12% compared to the same total at this point last year.
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