Arcade Fire are on a roll. The Montreal collective will score their second #1 debut on the Billboard 200 album chart with the experimental double-disc set Reflektor next week when it tops the tally thanks to sales of nearly 140,000, according to figures provided by Nielsen SoundScan.
Here Comes The Night Time
After a promo campaign that has featured everything from giant paper mache heads to the invention of a fake alter ego band, formal-attire-mandatory
secret shows, a bonkers TV special and U2-style theatrics , Arcade Fire easily crashed the top of the charts on an otherwise slow week.
Though sales of Reflektor were a bit below the 156,000 moved by the band's 2010 topper, The Suburbs, , they were still more than enough to dislodge last week's #1, Katy Perry's Prism. Perry's sales dipped 68 percent in week two to 92,000, for a two-week total of nearly 378,000.
Attention Early Shoppers
Kelly Clarkson's fans got their holiday shopping done early, snatching up almost 70,000 copies of her first-ever Christmas album, Wrapped in Red, which was enough for a #3 debut.
Expanding their already considerable product line, "Duck Dynasty" family the Robertsons made some noise at #4 with their first shot at the holiday market, "Duck The Halls: A Robertson Family Christmas, (#4, 69,000), featuring such soon-to-be-classics as "Ragin' Cajun Redneck Christmas," "Hairy Christmas" and, of course, "Duck the Halls."
The only other notable entry into the top 10 was Linkin Park, who hit #10 with their Recharged , an album of reinterpretations of their songs by Steve Aoki, Pusha T and Rick Rubin.
Slim Shady Casts A Shadow
Though his album doesn't officially chart until next Wednesday, pre-orders for Eminem's The Marshall Mathers LP 2 helped the rapper soar to #1 on the iTunes album chart, landing him ahead of Arcade Fire, Perry and Lorde.
Em is expected to score one of the year's biggest debuts next week, with little competition from the other fresh faces, which include Avril Lavigne, Celine Dion and Pentatonix.
Em was also in the top spot on the Billboard Digital Songs chart, landing his ninth #1 on that tally thanks to his Rihanna collabo, "Monster." The song's 373,000 downloads was the rapper's biggest sales week since 2010's "Not Afraid" moved 379,000 copies.
It was a good week all around for Mathers following his "Saturday Night Live" performance, with "Survival" up 240 percent to #6 (140,000, #6) and "Rap God" up 23 percent and down one to #9 on sales of 131,000.
One Direction, Up
One Direction's nostalgic "Story of My Life" opened strong with 305,000, besting predictions and pushing the former #1 from Lorde, "Royals," down to #3 (196,000). Perry's "Roar" moved up four spots to #4 (141,000), followed by Avicii's "Wake Me Up!" (#5, 140,000) and Passenger's "Let Her Go" (#7, 139,000).
Miley Cyrus rounded out the top 10 with "Wrecking Ball," which fell five spots and 10 percent on sales of 123,000.