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Canada rockers Arcade Fire heat up U.S. album chartLOS 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.

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.

Last Updated on Friday, 20 August 2010 07:45
 

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More than 2,000 people braved the wind and rain on the seafront at Brighton, England, on Saturday to form an image of King Canute designed by Radiohead lead-singer Thom Yorke. The public art display was designed to send a climate warning to political leaders in the run-up to the UN Climate Talks in Cancun.

Yorke explained, “The plan is to make images visible from the skies to remind those in Cancun that we can't keep putting this off.”

The image formed on the beaches of Brighton-Hove was designed by Yorke and his long-time collaborator Stanley Donwood. The picture also appeared on the cover of Yorke’s album Eraser. Yorke helped promote the event on Radiohead’s website and four million person strong Facebook page.

According to legend, King Canute set his throne by the sea shore and commanded the tide to halt, only to be soaked by the ocean’s waves. Just as Canute realized his own hubris, world leaders today must realize the dangers of ignoring climate change and rise to solving the challenge.

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