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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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NEW YORK (Billboard) - Nearly a decade has passed since alternative trio Semisonic's last full-length album was released. But in that time, frontman Dan Wilson has reinvented his career as a genre-crossing jack of all trades.

His Grammy Award-winning songwriting skills have led to recent high-profile collaborations with Josh Groban and the Bravery, including the latter group's track "Ours" from the "Twilight Saga: Eclipse" soundtrack. Meanwhile, Wilson's solo career as a folk-rock artist is showcased on "Live at the Pantages," a 27-track album released digitally July 20. Recorded at the Pantages Theater in the artist's hometown of Minneapolis in December 2008, the concert album "puts a cap on a very important time in my life," Wilson says.

He notes that after Semisonic released alt-rock hit "Closing Time" in 1998, his decision to start co-writing songs for other artists came easily.

"It's something I had envisioned for quite a while, even during Semisonic's peak touring time in 2000-2001," says Wilson, who grew up idolizing songwriting duos like John Lennon and Paul McCartney. "I realized that a song, and how a song is made, was something that was separate from a performance."

Wilson's songwriting career took off in 2006 when he co-wrote six songs for the Dixie Chicks' "Taking the Long Way." Those songs included the single "Not Ready to Make Nice," which earned him a Grammy for song of the year. Since then, Wilson has penned songs with Keith Urban and Rachael Yamagata. He also recently co-wrote three tracks for Adele's upcoming sophomore album.

Wilson's eclectic wish list of collaborators includes Joanna Newsom, Ahmir "?uestlove" Thompson and T Bone Burnett.

Now writing songs with Groban for the singer's upcoming album, Wilson is also finishing the follow-up to "Free Life," his 2007 solo disc produced by Rick Rubin. Wilson, who isn't affiliated with a label, has opted to make the album by himself, playing multiple instruments on the disc after tinkering with tracks for two months in his Minneapolis home earlier this year.

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