Kanye Reigns, Death Cab Hits No. 4

Kanye has been the name on everyone’s lips this week: First he dominated the airwaves with his inflammatory remarks about President Bush during NBC’s Hurricane Katrina relief telethon last week, and this week Kanye dominated the Billboard 200 album charts. Kanye’s sophomore effort, Late Registration, moved 860,000 units this week, trumping Tony Yayo’s No. 2 debut by over 600,000 albums. Spin cover boys Death Cab for Cutie hit No. 4 on the strength of 93,000 in sales of Plans, their major label debut for Atlantic, partially on the popularity of the single “Soul Meets Body.” This is a huge step for Death Cab, whose last album Transatlanticism, which was released on the indie label Barsuk, barely managed to break the Billboard Top 100.

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