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U2 Top Billboard 200, Neko Case Hits Top Five

Finally ending Taylor Swift's 11 weeks of chart dominance, U2 have claimed the top spot on Billboard's Top 200 Album chart by selling 484,000 copies of their latest effort, No Line on the Horizon. It's U2's seventh number one album, moving the band into a tie for second place with Led Zeppelin for most number one albums (the Beatles have 19, so don't expect Bono and company to move higher than number two). 


Swift still only fell to number two, moving 52,000 copies of Fearless. The second biggest debut this week was from Neko Case, whose Middle Cyclone moved an impressive 44,000 copies, easily her highest chart debut, and position (her last album, Fox Confessor Brings the Flood peaked at number 54). [Billboard]

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I'm still amazed when musicians big in the indie community chart this high (even if Neko Case is technically not on an indie anymore). 20 years ago we were talking about revolutionary takeover of the charts, and now when Shins, Arcade Fire and Neko Case chart this high, we shrug it off, whereas Nirvana, Pearl Jam, and Soundgarden's chart success was like the biggest deal ever.

/site_media/uploads/images/users/Ethan/nirvana-corporate-rock-whoresjpg.jpg EStan

Neko Case is on Anti, so technically she is on an indie. A bigger one, but still Indie.
I don't know how I could get worked up at her being number three when Taylor Swift is still number two and Lady Gaga is number four. There's no chart takeover happening, just a down market that allows for albums that would have placed near the middle of the charts during the late 90s (or even off the top 200) have a better shot at hitting the top ten. That's a good thing for indie music's exposure, but isn't really indicative of a larger trend like it was when Soundgarden, Pearl Jam, and Nirvana held down the top ten for weeks on end.

/site_media/uploads/images/users/thestorfer/1202393jpeg.jpeg andross

Sweet.. Yay for Neko! And a very deserving album. But I agree with andross there, I don't see it as a take over as it's more the mainstream selling less due to a slow market. But it does prove that the indies still have a faithful fan base that is willing to buy a cd over paying the electric bill or something.

/site_media/uploads/images/users/WilliamTrinity/william.jpg WilliamTrinity

The fact that Neko Case is #3 is remarkable. When was the last thing that, good got anywhere near that. Shins, Arcade Fire.. etc, good first weeks in the last few years, but this is HUGE no matter how you slice it.

you're kidding?

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