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Arcade Fire notch up first UK album chart-topper(Reuters) - Canadian rock band Arcade Fire notched up their first UK number one album on Sunday when their latest release debuted at the top of the charts, the Official Charts Company said.

"The Suburbs," the band's first album for three years, went one better than their last release "Neon Bible" which reached number two.

It marks the follow-up to 2006's "Neon Bible" and their 2004 debut "Funeral," which each sold about half a million copies in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan. "Neon Bible" debuted at No. 2 on the Billboard 200.

The band retains a tight grip on its destiny: it owns its own recording studio, master recordings and publishing rights; licenses those rights to different labels across the globe, territory by territory; refuses corporate sponsorships, private-party gigs and most commercial placements; and calls the shots for every major decision.

U.S. rapper Eminem's "Recovery" dropped to second from the top spot, while London musician Plan B's "The Defamation of Strickland Banks" stayed in third.

 

 

Last Updated on Tuesday, 10 August 2010 12:17
 

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When Suede releases The Best of Suede on November 1, the album will not be its last. As reports of the 90's Britpop group working on new material and of a new record deal with Warner Music Group remain unconfirmed, a spokesperson revealed that the band has "found some rarities and unreleased material."

In response to fans' questions on Suede's website, the official said that the songs found are "just not right for this [The Best of Suede] release" and that "perhaps they will get an outing at some point."

"I can confirm that there is not a bonus disc available," she added later in the thread. The double album will also be available as a download, with a bonus filmed interview included through iTunes featuring founders Brett Anderson and Mat Osman.

Taking its name from Morrissey's "Suedehead" single and officially known as the London Suede in the United States, British music weekly Melody Maker called the group "the best new band in Britain" in 1992 - before they had released even a single. Suede "have it in them to be just about the most extraordinary, intelligent and potentially enormous guitar band this country has seen in a decade," Q Magazine said.

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