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Pop-punk band A Day to Remember has memorable debutNEW YORK (Billboard) - Pop-punk band A Day to Remember started in 2003, playing small shows in its hometown of Ocala, Fla. Now all that groundwork - plus the audience-building foundation provided by three album releases - is paying off.

The band's fourth studio set, "What Separates Me From You" debuted at No. 11 on the Billboard 200, selling 58,000 copies, according to Nielsen SoundScan.

The debut marks a personal best for the band, whose third album, 2009's "Homesick," bowed at No. 21 on first-week sales of 22,000.

To date, "What Separates Me From You" has sold 80,000, according to SoundScan.

Propelling awareness of the new album is the high-powered single "All I Want," which is No. 19 on Billboard's Rock Songs chart.

"All I Want"-about living life for yourself and being happy-is a combination of energetic rock hooks with a pop-styled chorus that's as catchy as it is aggressive. The band's distinctive mix of hardcore and pop-punk is one of the keys to its success. "We're not just one band," songwriter/lead singer Jeremy McKinnon said. "We're four different bands in one, drawing from these different genres of music. There's a bunch of people who don't typically like one side of our music. But we kind of bridge the gaps and bring some of those people over to the dark side."

Contributing to the band's edgy yet accessible sound is New Found Glory lead guitarist Chad Gilbert, who produced "What Separates Me From You" as well as "Homesick."

"It's not that simple finding a producer we like," McKinnon said. "He has to understand all aspects of our music: half of that is metal band; the other half is pop band. Each is as important as the other. And Chad understands all those aspects."

McKinnon also cited growing support from radio. One of the first stations to play "All I Want" was KROQ Los Angeles.

Within 24 hours of the song being posted on the station's website, the track registered more than 61,000 hits.

"It's awesome that radio stations are starting to play us," McKinnon added. "Hopefully, that opens up the door for other bands like us."

To build further awareness of "What Separates Me From You," the band is embarking on an international tour on December 15 and will be on the road through February.

Starting in Australia, the trek will include stops in the United Kingdom, Ireland, Germany, France, Italy and Spain.

 
(UK)

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LOS 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.

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