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Arcade Fire’s new album Reflektor was released on October 29, 2013 and has already debuted at #1 on the Billboard 200. In it’s first week, Reflektor sold 140,000 copies. This marks the second number one album for Arcade Fire, following a close second to their album The Suburbs in 2010, which sold 156,000 copies in its first week.
Arcade Fire is a Canadian Indie Rock band founded in 2001. They have an extensive library of instruments that they use, and currently have six members. For lack of any better adjectives, I’ll just say that they’re most definitely not a conventional band. They have four studio albums consisting of Funeral in 2004, Neon Bible in 2007, The Suburbs as previously mentioned, and lastly, Reflektor.
Reflektor is the band’s first album released by a major distribution company. Universal Music Group is distributing this album, whereas previously they were under Alternative Distribution Alliance, an indie branch of Warner Music. Arcade Fire is also being promoted from album to radio by Capitol Records. However, the band is still with Merge Records, their long time label.
This album has topped six other top 10 debuts this week, including Linkin Park’s new album, Recharged.
Arcade Fire has received a lot of notoriety lately performing on shows such as Saturday Night Live, and climbing the record company ladder. Not to mention they already have a fairly established fan-base; so it’s not entirely surprising that Reflektor has done this well so far. This album seems to be catching on fast, so if you’re already a long time Arcade Fire fan, or want to expand your experimental Indie knowledge, go grab your own copy of Reflektor. It’s even available on vinyl for those of us who enjoy that old-school scene.