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Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Backspacer Takes No.1 Spot on Pop Album Charts


A congratulations is in order. Reuters reported today Pearl Jam has made their way to the top of the U.S. pop album chart for the first time in 13 years.

Selling 189,000 copies of their ninth studio album Backspacer (released Sept. 20), the influential rock band from Seattle knocked Jay-Z’s Blueprint 3 to the No. 2 spot with 134,000 copies.

However, a number like 189,000 isn’t that impressive when looking back at album sales from the ‘90s. In 1993, Vs (Pearl Jam’s second album) sold a now unheard of 950,000 copies during the first week.

But, in an industry where record sales are dropping approximately 14 percent a year, reaching the top spot is no small feat.

-Ashley Thompson

Currently listening to “Manhattan from the Sky” by Kate Voegele

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