Arcade Fire's 'Everything Now' Is The Least Streamed Number One Album Of The Year So Far
Tue, 08 Aug 2017 11:17:44
Yesterday, it was announced that Arcade Fire's new album, Everything Now, had debuted at Number One on the Billboard 200. It did so by moving 100,000 equivalent album units, 94,000 of which came in as traditional album sales. Which sounds great, and is certainly an accomplishment, but it wasn't all roses for the new kings of the album chart.
The fact that so many fans went out and bought the album is great, but Everything Now only received 7.9 million streams, which sounds like a lot until you look at number two on the chart. Kendrick Lamar's DAMN., which has been out for four months, was streamed 46 million times, suggesting that the record's reign might be short.
Making matters even more discouraging, The New York Times realized: "Arcade Fire's streaming number is the lowest for any No. 1 album since Bon Jovi's "This House Is Not for Sale" in November, which reached the top with a nearly-negligible 315,000 plays."
Arcade Fire had no real competition upon its week of release, and last week didn't have any more high profile acts hitting the airwaves and record store shelves either, so it should be interesting to see if the band manages to hang on to the top slot, or if Lamar will grab his fourth week on top.
If you don't feel like adding to Arcade Fire's streaming totals, but still want to list to the album, download it on iTunes.
—The ARTISTdirect Staff