Vampire Weekend's Billboard No.1 Is A Triumph For Independent Music

Indie rockers Vampire Weekend have topped the Billboard 200 chart with their latest record 'Modern Vampires of the City,' besting commercial efforts from the likes of X-Factor judge Demi Lovato, Lady Antebellum and the Great Gatsby soundtrack featuring music from Jay-Z and Florence and the Machine. 

The New York outfit's album sold 134,000 in its first week of sales, according to figures compiled by Nielsen SoundScan. It was also the first independently distributed album to debut at No.1 on the chart since country singer Jason Aldean's 'Night Train' in November last year. It was another country star - George Strait - who finished in second place this week with sales of 120,000, while Lovato's 'Demi' sold 110,000 copies to take No.3. Last week's No.1, 'Golden' by Lady Antebellum fell to No.5 while the soundtrack to Gatsby dropped to No.4 from No.2.

Meanwhile, on Billboard's Digital Songs chart, rapper and producer team Macklemore & Ryan Lewis held the top spot with 231,000 downloads of their hit 'Can't Hold Us.' Robin Thicke's Blurred Lines, featuring rapper T.I. and Pharrell Williams took second, ahead of Pink. 

Vampire Weekend are about to head to Europe for shows in France, Germany and the UK, including a date at the Glastonbury Festival. The group return to the U.S for shows in the fall.

Check out the band's recent show at the Roseland, directed by Boardwalk Empire star Steve Buscemi:

Vampire WeekendVampire Weekend Stormed To Top of The Billboard Charts This Week

Vampire Weekend Superbock Superrock
Vampire Weekend Performing At Superbock Superrock


Contactmusic

Tags: Vampire Weekend - Demi Lovato - Lady Antebellum - Jason Aldean - Macklemore - Steve Buscemi

Advertisement

More Vampire Weekend

Leeds Festival 2014 - Live Review

It came, It went, It conquered as per. Leeds Festival 2014 was a real pinnacle for this year's UK live music, cramming it's masses into...

Leeds Festival 2014 - Preview

Here we go, here we go! Leeds festival 2014, yet only half of us have scored a return ticket from the headaches and hangovers of...

Sam Smith, Janelle Monae - The Unexpected Gems Of Bonnaroo Day 1

Happy Bonnaroo weekend! The Tennessee-based arts and music festival effectively kicked off the season on Friday. Per USA Today’s recap, he weather was appropriately mild...

Betty Who, Tegan And Sara And Foster The People - Big Guava Music Festival 2014 Is Definitely Worth A Visit

Arguably what could be Florida's most fun-packed 3-day event of the year, Big Guava Music Festival makes its debut today (May 2nd 2014) with an...

Advertisement

It's That Time Of Year Again! New Orleans Jazz Festival Returns With Another Two Weekends Of Music Mythology

It's that time of year again where New Orleans go all out to prove they are one of the most culturally rich cities in North...

Kanye, Elton, Jack and Lionel: Say Hello To Bonnaroo Festival's Line-Up 2014

The line-up for this year's Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival has been announced and looks to be more impressive than ever with Elton John, Kanye...

Governors Ball Music Festival 2014 Lineup Feat. Outkast, Jack White, Vampire Weekend, The Strokes And More

The 4th Annual Governors Ball Music FestivalAnnounces 2014 LineupFeaturing...Outkast, Jack White, Vampire Weekend, The Strokes, Phoenix, Skrillex, Interpol, Axwell & Ingrosso, Tv On The Radio,...

Jim Pusey's Top 10 Albums Of 2013

It's been a year of truly brilliant sounds even if there may have been a few disappointments along the way. Take hip hop, for example:...

Advertisement

Comments

Vampire Weekend Newsletter

Subscribe to this news alert service to receive news and reviews on Vampire Weekend

Unsubscribe | Unsubscribe All