Posted in music on May 19, 2010

The National @ The High Violet Annex (more by David Andrako)
The NAtional

Combine the downward trend of album sales with a week of no major releases and what do you get? The fewest number of total album sales, 5.3 million, in a single week since Nielsen SoundScan started its tracking in 1991. Topping this week's Billboard chart is Justin Bieber's "My World 2.0" (Island), its fourth time in the spot, with sales of just over 60,000, barely escaping the specter of being the lowest selling No. 1 album in SoundScan's history. (The "Dreamgirls" soundtrack sold about 300 fewer copies in January 2007.) Lady Antebellum's "Need You Now" (Capitol Nashville), the year's most consistent seller, stayed at No. 2 for the fourth straight week, moving 54,000 copies.

The top new album was "High Violet" (4AD) from the National, selling 51,000 copies, good enough for No. 3. [NY Times]

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Comments (31)

Lady Antebellum? Get fucked.

Posted by Anonymous | May 19, 2010 4:11 PM

bittersweet

Posted by Anonymous | May 19, 2010 4:11 PM

LCD Soundsystem shipped platinum this week.

Posted by Regular reader | May 19, 2010 4:20 PM

Killa B's sold fifty gold sixty platinum

Posted by shawon | May 19, 2010 4:27 PM

I don't think LCD will sell much more than what the National sold

Posted by Anonymous | May 19, 2010 4:32 PM

Anyone know why the LCD albums isn't out on vinyl yet?

Posted by Anonymous | May 19, 2010 4:36 PM

WOW, people don't buy records anymore! Newsflash! (Sarcasm)

Posted by Anonymous | May 19, 2010 4:54 PM

That LCD album is really bad in my humble opinion....am I the only person who thinks so?

Posted by Anonymous | May 19, 2010 5:19 PM

Lowest Common Denominator Soundsystem?

Posted by Anonymous | May 19, 2010 5:21 PM

Drop prices of digital songs to .10 to .25 each, and full lp's priced relative to that - from $1.00 to $2.50 and maybe people will start buying again.

$1 a song and $10 an lp is too much for a digital only artifact.

Posted by Anonymous | May 19, 2010 5:24 PM

annnnd here comes the lcd backlash.

Posted by Anonymous | May 19, 2010 5:24 PM

Target happens to have the High Violet CD on-sale for $7.99. Reg price: $9.99

Posted by Anonymous | May 19, 2010 5:28 PM

New LCD is pretty dull. Seems like the ol' Pitchfork is due for some sharpening. It's tough when something becomes so cool that you can't tell it like it is anymore. Don't want to lose your readership or, rather, your iPod rollovers.

Posted by ??? | May 19, 2010 5:53 PM

@5:19 + @5:53

You are both wrong.

Posted by Anonymous | May 19, 2010 5:59 PM

I bought the new 'Year of no Light' LP. I wonder how that's faring?

Posted by Anonymous | May 19, 2010 6:12 PM

New LCD is pretty good!

The National's lead singer is too busy protecting The Island to properly promote his album. But coming in behind Lady Antebellum sounds about right. Em Oh Arr.

Posted by J | May 19, 2010 6:12 PM

people buy records, idiots download mp3s senselessly

Posted by Anonymous | May 19, 2010 6:18 PM

^ get over yourself

Posted by Anonymous | May 19, 2010 9:05 PM

Maybe, but if so the fact is there are more and more "idiots" everyday so album sales will keep dropping. It is what it is.

Posted by Anonymous | May 19, 2010 9:10 PM

6:12.... Have you used a computer or watched a late-night talk show at all during the past two weeks??

Posted by Anonymous | May 19, 2010 9:23 PM

my penis is sad

Posted by Anonymous | May 19, 2010 9:29 PM

It's a metaphor?

Posted by Anonymous | May 19, 2010 10:41 PM

when the hell did The Nation become so huge?

Posted by Anonymous | May 19, 2010 11:19 PM

9:23 - Clearly I've used a computer. Year of No Light just released a new album, but maybe you don't know that because you listen to late night talk show bands.

Posted by Anonymous | May 19, 2010 11:19 PM

@1119, ouch. You gots him real good.

Posted by Anonymous | May 19, 2010 11:38 PM

People seriously still listen to music?? Seriously???? No I'm fucking serious???

Posted by Anonymous | May 20, 2010 12:16 AM

12:16 you are so 2009, no people don't listen to music for chrisssakes, they read blogs ABOUT listening to music...it saves time

Posted by Anonymous | May 20, 2010 6:33 AM

Bands should make their money with ticket sales, fuq paying 10 bucks for albums

Posted by Anonymous | May 20, 2010 8:11 AM

They breed.

Posted by Anonymous | May 20, 2010 8:37 AM

The comments on this site are really something special.

Posted by Anonymous | May 20, 2010 9:06 AM

It fascinates me how "Brooklyn bands" like the National sound nothin' like Brooklyn.

WTF-Justin Biever hasnt grown his pubes yet but is selling that dopey album like dunkin donuts coffee.

Thankfully Its all downhill after his voice changes.

Lady Anteebum?No Comment because I have not the slightest idea who that bitch is.


Posted by Anonymous | May 20, 2010 3:27 PM

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