Arcade Fire and Scotty McCreery: Ships passing in the nighttime of the charts

Posted by David Menconi on November 7, 2013 

Arcade Fire’s “Reflektor”

MERGE RECORDS

Don’t look now, but we just missed having two albums with local connections in Billboard’s top-10 simultaneously. And given the acts in question, Montreal rock band Arcade Fire and Garner-grown “American Idol” country singer Scotty McCreery, it might be the only thing they’ll ever have in common.

Arcade Fire is the one that made the bigger splash, selling 140,000 copies of “Reflektor” - an album bearing the imprint of Durham-based Merge Records - to debut at the top spot of this week’s Billboard 200. “Reflektor” is Merge’s second No. 1 album, after Arcade Fire’s 2010 album “The Suburbs” (which also went on to win the best-album Grammy), and the label’s sixth overall to make the top-10.

Meanwhile, two weeks ago, McCreery debuted at No. 6 on the Billboard 200 with his latest, “See You Tonight” (19/Interscope Recods). The album is at No. 18 in its third week on the Billboard 200, so you could say McCreery and Arcade Fire are sharing space in the top-20. “See You Tonight” also hit No. 1 on Billboard’s country-albums chart, where it’s still hanging in there at No. 6 this week.

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