Both the Billboard 200 and the Digital Songs charts greet fresh No. 1s this week as Arcade Fire's new album "The Suburbs" bows atop the former list with 156,000 sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan, while Taylor Swift's "Mine" plants the flag on the Songs tally with 297,000 downloads . . . Arcade Fire is the first of four new entries in the top 10 of the albums tally, joined by bows from Bun B, Lady Gaga and Buckcherry.


FLASH POINTS

• The Billboard 200 and the Digital Songs charts greet fresh No. 1s this week as Arcade Fire's new album "The Suburbs" bows atop the former list with 156,000 sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan, while Taylor Swift's "Mine" plants the flag on the Songs tally with 297,000 downloads.

• "Mine," which was rush-released to digital retailers late last Wednesday (Aug. 4), starts with 297,000 after only four full days of sales. (SoundScan's tracking week ends on Sunday.) Last week's No. 1, Eminem's "Love the Way You Lie," slips to No. 2 (281,000; down 6%).

• The bow of "Mine" is the eighth-biggest debut sales week for a digital song and the fourth-best of the year. 2010's largest entry so far is Eminem's "Not Afraid" (379,000), followed by "Love the Way You Lie" (338,000) and Swift's own "Today Was a Fairytale" (325,000). "Mine" is the lead single from Swift's third studio album, "Speak Now," due Oct. 25.

• Back on the albums chart, "The Suburbs" gives Arcade Fire its first No. 1, surpassing the Montreal band's previous high of No. 2 when 2007's "Neon Bible" arrived with 92,000.

• "Suburbs" reaped the benefits of a week-long sale in Amazon's MP3 store where it was priced at $3.99. Apple's iTunes Store offered the set for a standard $9.99. While SoundScan's data does not reveal how many were sold only through Amazon's MP3 store, downloads from all retailers made up 62% of the album's first week (97,000 downloads out of 156,000 total sales). Comparably, 30% of the first-week sales for "Neon Bible" were digital (27,000 of its 92,000 opening frame).

• "Suburbs" is the third independently distributed No. 1 on the Billboard 200 this year, following chart-topping bows from Vampire Weekend's "Contra" and the various-artists compilation "Hope for Haiti Now."

• Last week's Billboard 200 No. 1, Avenged Sevenfold's "Nightmare," falls to No. 3 with 45,000 (down 72%). Eminem's "Recovery" holds at No. 2 with 152,000 (down 4%).

• Three more new entries grace the albums chart's top 10 this week. The first is Bun B's "Trill O.G." starting at No. 4 with 41,000. It's the rapper's first release distributed through Universal's indie arm Fontana, after his last two came via Asylum/Warner Bros. His previous album, 2008's "Il Trill," debuted and peaked at No. 2 with 98,000.

• Lady Gaga's "The Remix" is the next-biggest bow, landing at No. 6 with 39,000. It's the first remix set to reach the top 10 since "Hannah Montana 2: Non-Stop Dance Party" debuted and peaked at No. 7 on the Feb. 16, 2008, chart. Gaga's album boasts 10 remixes (five of which were previously commercially released) by the likes of Stuart Price and FrankMusik.

• Buckcherry's "All Night Long" is the final top 10 bow, as it grabs a No. 10 entry with 28,000. It's the rock band's first studio set since 2008's "Black Butterfly," which flew in at No. 8 with 47,000.

• As for the rest of the top 10, Rick Ross' "Teflon Don" slips two rungs to No. 5 (39,000; down 37%), Justin Bieber's "My World 2.0" tumbles three to No. 7 (37,000; down 2%), and Drake's "Thank Me Later" drops three slots as well to No. 8 (31,000; down 9%). The final holdover in the top 10 this week is Lady Antebellum's "Need You Now," descending two positions to No. 9 (29,000; though it's up 4%).

• Next week on the Billboard 200, a quartet of albums are looking to possibly debut in the top 20. Industry sources prognosticate that the Disney Channel soundtrack to "Camp Rock 2: The Final Jam" could be the highest new entry, while Mike Posner's debut set, "31 Minutes to Takeoff"; Blake Shelton's EP "All About Tonight"; and Black Label Society's "Order of the Black" are aiming for high bows, too.

• Overall album sales in this past chart week (ending Aug. 8) totaled 5.26 million units, up 1% compared with the sum last week (5.21 million) and down 13% compared with the comparable sales week of 2009 (6 million). Year-to-date album sales stand at 180.2 million, down 12% compared with the same total at this point last year (205.3 million).

• Digital track sales this past week totaled 20.71 million downloads, up less than 1% compared with last week (20.69 million) and down 1% stacked next to the comparable week of 2009 (20.9 million). Year-to-date track sales are at 702 million, down 1% compared with the same total at this point last year (706 million).




MARKET WATCH

• Album units, current chart week: 5.26 million units
• Up 1% from last week's charts: 5.21 million units
• Down 13% from the comparable week in 2009: 6 million units
• This week: The top two albums each sell more than 100,000 copies.
• This week last year on the albums charts: Michael Jackson's "Number Ones" (98,000; down 14%) retained the title of the top-selling set in the United States as it held off a debut from Sugarland with "LIVE on the Inside" (76,000).



A LOOK AHEAD

• Among the albums released this week, due on next week's charts: Blake Shelton's "All About Tonight," Black Label Society's "Order of the Black," the soundtrack to Disney Channel's "Camp Rock 2: The Final Jam," Mike Posner's "31 Minutes to Takeoff" and the soundtrack to "Scott Pilgrim Vs. the World."

• Next week's album charts competes with the same week in 2009 when: George Strait secured his fifth No. 1 with the arrival of "Twang" in the top slot, selling 155,000. The country king bumped Michael Jackson's "Number Ones" from the penthouse, as it slipped to No. 2 with 80,000.

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