Indie rock reigns this week as Vampire Weekend debuts at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 album chart, selling 134,000 copies of third album, Modern Vampires of the City, according to data from Nielsen SoundScan.
Vampire Weekend’s latest is their second No. 1, following 2010’s Contra. The album’s sales numbers are the band’s career best, slightly topping Contra‘s 124,000 in January 2010.
According to Billboard, the album is the 19th independently-distributed record to reach No. 1 on the chart since SoundScan data was first recorded in 1991, and the first such album in 2013. The album was released on XL Recordings and distributed by Warner Music’s Alternative Distribution Alliance. The last indie to top the charts was Jason Aldean’s Night Train last fall.
The band’s success follows an acclaimed appearance on Saturday Night Live, on which the four-piece performed “Unbelievers” and “Diane Young,” the album’s lead single, which has peaked so far at No. 17 on the Alternative Songs chart, the band’s best-ever chart showing. They’ve been on a promo tear as of late, particularly in the commercial radio world, where the band is slowly making in-roads (they played KROQ’s Weenie Roast last weekend, for one thing).
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