Published Nov 06, 2013Lightening has struck twice for Arcade Fire, who have scored their second consecutive No. 1 in the U.S. Billboard has released this week's U.S. chart rankings, and Reflektor sits atop the Billboard 200 with 140,000 copies sold.
Reflektor was released on Merge Records, but Billboard notes that it was distributed by Universal Music Group, making this the band's first album to be distributed by a major label. Furthermore, radio promotion was handled by Capitol Records. North of the border, Universal Music Canada was involved with the release.
Interestingly, the album didn't sell quite as well as 2010's The Suburbs, which moved 156,000 units in its first week. That being said, The Suburbs had its sales performance boosted by $3.99 digital downloads from Amazon.
The Top 3 was rounded out by Katy Perry's PRISM and Kelly Clarkson's Wrapped in Red. Reflektor wasn't the only Canadian album near the top of the charts, since Drake's Nothing Was the Same landed at No. 5.
Billboard hasn't yet unveiled the new Canadian Albums chart, so we're not yet sure whether Arcade Fire topped that chart too.