The indie rock band from Montreal sold 156,000 albums in its first week, topping the Billboard 200, according to Nielsen SoundScan. Eminem's Recovery sold 152,000 in its seventh week and last week's number one, Avenged Sevenfold's Nightmare, took a nosedive, selling only 45,000. Bun B debuted in the number four spot, selling 41,000 copies of Trill O.G. The only other debut to crack the top 10 is a remix album from Lady Gaga.
It probably didn't hurt that The Suburbs was on sale for only $3.99 at Amazon MP3 all last week and costs $7.99 this week — 97,000 of Arcade Fire's 156,00 sales were digital. But still, this is a first for both the band, which previously maxed out at the No. 2 spot back in 2007 with Neon Bible, and its label, the big indie Merge. A celebration certainly seems in order, and may have even begun last night, when Arcade Fire's labelmate and tour opener Spoon tweeted the good news. Both bands are playing Atlanta's Verizon Center tonight, where the party will almost certainly continue.