Arcade Fire Likely to Debut at # 1 On This Week’s Charts, Beating Out Lady Gaga

The Suburbs, the third album by Canadian rockers The Arcade Fire, will likely take over the # 1 spot on Billboard‘s albums chart this week, displacing Avenged Sevenfold after one week at the top. Insiders are saying that the band, riding a wave of positive album reviews and well-received sets at Madison Square Garden (filmed for webcast by Terry Gilliam) and Lollapalooza, should sell in the neighborhood of 140,000 copies of The Suburbs during its first week of official release.

The disc has already topped the charts in the U.K. during its debut week, making the first time the band has been # 1 there. (Previous album Neon Bible debuted, and peaked, at # 2 in Blighty in 2007.)

There’s an outside chance that Eminem’s Recovery, finally knocked out of the top spot by Avenged Sevenfold’s Nightmare, could retake the crown. Lady Gaga’s remix album, cleverly entitled The Remix, will easily break into the Top 10.

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