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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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"I've made it on an iPad," Damon Albarn has claimed. "I hope I'll be making the first record on an iPad," he continued, talking about the next Gorillaz album. "I'm going to try and put it out before Christmas."

In an interview with NME, Albarn said that he has been working on a follow-up to the cartoon group's Plastic Beach while on tour with the band. "I fell in love with my iPad as soon as I got it, so I've made a completely different kind of record," he said.

"I hope I'll be making the first record [on an iPad]." he continued. "Which is ironic, being the sort of technophobe and Luddite that I am."

Albarn has been recording tracks for the new album while touring America with the Gorillaz. "It's a studio album made in hotel rooms across America," he added.

Listeners can expect to find an American influence on the record. The album is "more American-sounding than Blur," he commented. "It sounds like an English voice that has been put through a vocoder of America."

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