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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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Since the release of its first single in 2008, it seems The Joy Formidable has been on just about everyone's radar and playlist, and yet this talented band has waited until now to release its first full-length studio album. With three (brief) US tours and a number of European, Australian, and UK tours under its belt, and the scheduled release of The Big Roar in the UK, Europe, and America during the next few months, it is an appropriate time to showcase The Joy Formidable.

“It’s all felt right, and at the right time," Lead vocalist and guitarist Ritzy Bryan told TLOBF.  "We’ve done things a bit topsy-turvy; releasing singles, EPs and live albums before a proper one."

“It’s all about having fun,” Bass guitarist Rhydian Daffyd added. “We’re not influenced or swayed by the business aspect of it. Ultimately what matters to us is putting out releases we’re proud of.”

VPME described The Joy Formidable as "The euphoric aural equivalent of a hand job."

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