The Decemberists have debuted at the top of the U.S. album chart thanks to their best sales week ever.
The King Is Dead is the group's first U.S. number one.
It debuted atop the Billboard 200 with 94,000 sales.
Last week's (19Jan11) number one album, Cake's Showroom of Compassion, drops to 25, scoring the biggest fall from the top in more than four years.
Compilation Kidz Bop 19 debuts at two on the new chart, while The Script's Science & Faith enters high at three.
Veteran rockers Social Distortion land their first top 10 album at four with Hard Times and Nursery Rhymes, while Gregg Allman's new solo album Low Country Blues debuts at five.
This week (26Jan11) marks only the fifth time in Billboard 200 history that the top five is full of new entries.