Posted in music on November 6, 2013

Arcade Fire outside Capitol Records in LA (more by Marcus Haney)
Arcade Fire

Like they did in 2010 with The Suburbs, Arcade Fire have debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard charts with their new album, Reflektor. Reports Billboard:

Arcade Fire debuts at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 with "Reflektor," selling 140,000 copies in its first week, according to Nielsen SoundScan.

This is the band's second No. 1 album. It also bowed atop the list with its last set, 2010's "The Suburbs." However, that record started with a slightly larger figure: 156,000.

"Reflektor" is distributed by Universal Music Group, the band's first album with major distribution. Its previous sets went through Warner Music's indie distribution arm Alternative Distribution Alliance. Another change in the world of Arcade Fire is that it has a new partner in Capitol Records, which is promoting the album to radio. (The band is still with its longtime label Merge Records, which celebrates its sixth top 10 with "Reflektor.")

Last week's No. 1, Katy Perry's "PRISM," falls to No. 2 with 92,000 and a 68% sales decline. That second-week dip is the smallest for a No. 1 debut since August, when the Civil Wars' self-titled album fell by 66% in its second frame. Of the 10 No. 1 debuts after that (not including Arcade Fire), the largest second-week dip was Justin Timberlake's "The 20/20 Experience (2 of 2)," which dropped by 80%.

Arcade Fire leads six debuts in the top 10 this week, as the group is joined by a pair of Christmas releases, two new country efforts and Linkin Park's remix album "Recharged."

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Comments (41)

They might be # 1 but I just went # 2 in my pants just a leetle bit

Posted by Anonymous | November 6, 2013 12:49 PM

Didn't amazon sell the record for 1.99 last release? This is more impressive. Band is still corny as shit though. Finish art school already!

Posted by Anonymous | November 6, 2013 12:58 PM

Pit fart.

Posted by Anonymous | November 6, 2013 1:02 PM

announce the tour already....

Posted by Anonymous | November 6, 2013 1:08 PM

I think we can ditch the "indie" tag at this point... 

Posted by Anonymous | November 6, 2013 1:22 PM

That new Linkin Park remix album is da bomb

Posted by Anonymous | November 6, 2013 1:25 PM

I've never seen a band with multiple major labels sell and promote a record. Man, they are so indie!

Posted by Anonymous | November 6, 2013 1:29 PM

Wow, it's a great time to be alive!

Posted by Anonymous | November 6, 2013 1:33 PM

Basically this makes me happy for Merge. They stuck around during some dark years, good for them.

Posted by Anonymous | November 6, 2013 1:53 PM

Does anyone actually like the album though?

Posted by Anonymous | November 6, 2013 1:54 PM

A huge marketing campaign and a paltry 140K sold. Wow. Really blowing the world away.

You know who sold more in opening week of sales this year?

Black Sabbath, Pearl Jam, and even Avenged Sevenfold.

Serves these fuckers right.

Posted by Anonymous | November 6, 2013 2:01 PM

They spent a ton of fucking money on marketing and promo for this record. 140k is way under expectations. Heads are gonna roll

Posted by Anonymous | November 6, 2013 2:04 PM

2:01- they may have sold more but you're forgetting that all of those albums suck. At least Reflektor is worth listening to

Posted by Anonymous | November 6, 2013 2:07 PM

2:07 no it isn't.

Posted by Anonymous | November 6, 2013 2:11 PM

Actually, that Sabbath albums has a few essential tunes to their catalogue. Listen closer before being dismissive. I will say Reflektor is better than PJ and A7X (haha, don't even need to hear that shit)

Posted by Anonymous | November 6, 2013 2:12 PM

2:07 Sabbath, PJ, A7fold, and Arcade Fire, are all fucking trash you fucking idiot

Posted by Anonymous | November 6, 2013 2:12 PM

@2:07 No, it's not. Not at all.

Posted by Anonymous | November 6, 2013 2:13 PM

well deserved. album of the year

Posted by Anonymous | November 6, 2013 2:18 PM

2:18 obvious troll is obvious.

Posted by Anonymous | November 6, 2013 2:28 PM

'2nd Best album made by whites in 2013'

- P4kMedia

Posted by Anonymous | November 6, 2013 2:32 PM

this just proves mediocrity still rules America

Posted by M | November 6, 2013 2:39 PM

M nailed it on the head.
Arcade Fire is just 'ok'. They're not bad, but I don't get all the hype.

Posted by Anonymous | November 6, 2013 2:51 PM

LOL white people.

Posted by Anonymous | November 6, 2013 2:51 PM

that new Pearl Jam record is super crummy

Posted by Anonymous | November 6, 2013 2:52 PM

Kendrick Lamar and Arcade Fire are the best albums of the year, as stated by Perez Hilton and the women of The View.

Posted by Anonymous | November 6, 2013 2:54 PM

Joins a long list of bad records that get to #1.

They've been playing Reflektor at Rangers games lately, and it takes me awhile to get it out of my head. Not in a good way. It sucks.

Posted by Anonymous | November 6, 2013 3:00 PM

3:00- have you considered that the band may be too mainstream and you're just a cynical hipster? Think about it

Posted by Anonymous | November 6, 2013 3:18 PM

Regine is cool as shit. Inspirational

Posted by Anonymous | November 6, 2013 3:41 PM

3:18 - That's a fair point....despite my advanced age which probably dq's me from being a hipster, at least on this board, I do tend to be quite cynical about anything mainstream. Have tried to give it a fair shot, streamed it several times via MOG, but it's not doing it for me. Should also add that I've never really been a big fan of the band to start with.

Posted by Anonymous | November 6, 2013 4:01 PM

To my ears Arcade Fire commits the #1 crime against music. They're boring.

Posted by Anonymous | November 6, 2013 4:18 PM

Katy Perry is a hit machine.

Posted by Anonymous | November 6, 2013 4:43 PM

Katy Perry is a tit machine.

Posted by Anonymous | November 6, 2013 5:01 PM

^ a hit machine I totally want to hit.

I like the new AF album. It's not mind-blowingly good, but it's also incredibly solid and James Murphy adds a nice touch to the sound. AF's problem is that anything they do will always be compared to Funeral, which by virtue of being the first album sounded so fresh and new, and obviously no subsequent album will be able to recapture that feeling.

Also, they're really really great live. And just seem like nice people. I, for one am happy for them and all their success -- I just really really really hope they don't turn into U2.

Posted by Anonymous | November 6, 2013 5:01 PM

5:01, they're too weird and nerdy to become as big as U2.

Posted by Anonymous | November 6, 2013 6:00 PM

and boring.

Posted by Anonymous | November 6, 2013 7:05 PM

i'm already going to, but i probably won't though

Posted by lowett | November 6, 2013 10:29 PM

People actually still buy CDs? Why? And how since I never EVER see anyone walk around with a portable CD player.

Posted by Anonymous | November 7, 2013 1:10 AM

Album sales are down all around. JT wasn't able to crack a million in the first week. He also had the top selling album of the year so far.

Eminem is projected to sell 750,000.

These are guys that used to sell millions during the first week.

What it comes down to is: musicians can't make money selling albums anymore.

If you're a fan of this band you'll see them on tour.

Posted by Doc | November 7, 2013 2:16 AM

CDs for how your computer are

Posted by lowett | November 7, 2013 3:53 AM

To me this is their Stairway to heaven (in a positive way). One of those longer songs by a great band that seems like it's only a couple minutes long when you listen to it. Great band.

Posted by Jackson | February 27, 2014 6:20 AM

the song would be a lot better if the guy's voice didn't suck. Otherwise, they're onto something. They need to not have a suckey vocalist. Other than that, there's no need to criticize their style if that's their style. It's all opinion from there.

Posted by Oni | October 25, 2014 10:19 AM

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