Arcade Fire has officially made it, topping the Billboard 200 albums chart for their first #1 album, “The Suburbs,” nearly doubling the sales of their previous release, “Neon Bible,” which debuted and peaked at #2. The same day that Billboard released its latest album rankings, the 7-man Montreal band appeared on “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart.” The only thing cooler than a #1 Billboard album ranking and an appearance on one of America’s most popular shows would be to make the cover of Rolling Stone magazine — which Arcade Fire did in July.
Arcade Fire is on… a roll…
“The Suburbs” is also the third indie album to top the Billboard 200 in 2010. Vampire Weekend did it with “Contra” and the star-studded “Hope For Haiti Now” also reached the Billboard peak.
“The Suburbs” is Arcade Fire’s third studio album. Their first two albums, “Funeral” and “Neon Bible” were greeted with critical acclaim, receiving BRIT and Grammy Award nominations for albums of the year as well. “Neon Bible” won both the Juno Award (Canada’s Grammy Awards) in the Meteor (Ireland) for Album of the Year and Best International Album, respectively.
In the U.S., Arcade Fire has taken their muted and somewhat austere sound from #131, which is where their first album, “Funeral,” peaked, to #2 (“Neon Bible”) to #1, winning over listeners with their unique brand of music and haunting vocals. Then there are the strangely surreal and engaging videos. But it is their live performancesshowcasing the virtuosity of the band’s members (each playing multiple instruments and interchangeably) that has won them an avid following.
The band brought their eclectic sound to Comedy Central’s “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart” Thursday evening. Jon Stewart announced his guests at the beginning of the show by noting that they were Canadian and joked that while they were there, the “Daily Show” would keep an eye on them so that they wouldn’t drop any “anchor babies.”
Arcade Fire performed two songs from “The Suburbs” for “The Daily Show”: “Ready To Start” and “Month of May.” Jon Stewart prefaced “Month of May” by demonstrating just how huge Arcade Fire lead singer Win Butler appears to be. Note that the vocals are reminiscent of Neil Young (although many might argue David Byrne), another prominent Canadian talent.
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