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Arcade Fire Have America’s No. 1 Album!


Arcade Fire have taken The Suburbs to the top of the charts: The Montreal band’s stellar third album debuts at No. 1 this week, with 156,000 copies sold.

It’s Arcade Fire’s first No. 1 album, having bowed at No. 2 in 2007, with Neon Bible moving 92,000 copies in its first week.

After headlining two shows at NYC’s Madison Square Garden, the band capped their busy release week with a triumphant headlining performance at this weekend’s Lollapalooza festival in Chicago — read SPIN’s review.

Despite the impressive debut, The Suburbs barely edged out current SPIN cover star Eminem, whose seventh album, Recovery, held onto the No. 2 spot with 152,000 copies sold in its seventh week on the charts. With its massive single, “Love the Way You Lie,” Recovery is quickly cruising towards double-platinum status (2 million sold).

Last week’s chart-toppers, Avenged Sevenfold, slipped to No. 3. Meanwhile, Lady Gaga’s new remix album, Bun B’s Trill O.G., and Buckcherry’s All Night Long all debuted in the Top 10.