someone has soundscan

There’s an interesting story in the Denver Post about indie bands getting mainstream exposure. It’s an interesting article but the best part, I thought, was that someone obviously had access to Soundscan and used it.

Here are the total sales of various indie albums according to the article:

Death Cab for Cutie We Have the Facts and We’re Voting Yes: 99,693
Death Cab for Cutie the Photo Album: 170,508
Death Cab for Cutie Transatlanticism: 524,317
Death Cab for Cutie Plans: >873,000

Postal Service Give Up: 860,000

The Shins Wincing the Night Away: 392,000 (118,000 in the first week)
The Shins Chutes Too Narrow: 437,000
The Shins Oh, Inverted World: 512,000

Modest Mouse Good News for People Who Love Bad News: 1.5 million
Modest Mouse We Were Dead Before the Ship Even Sank: 291,248

Also of note is this quote from Ben Gibbard:

It’s proven that if you put good culture in front of people, most likely they’re gonna get it.

I’m pretty surprised about some of that stuff. Like I didn’t expect Plans to have sold that many records, especially that many more than Transatlanticism. I think Transatlanticism is clearly a better record and has been out longer, so I don’t think people obviously recognize good culture, Mr. Gibbard. I am sort of happy to see that Good News looks like it’ll do a lot better than We Were Dead which is appropriate to the quality of the respective records.

If you’re into that stuff, you can often find out how albums did in their opening weeks at Coolfer’s Chart Recap. reviews payday american marketing loans onlineacorn time buyer first loanproduct loan alliances affordableservices milwaukee loan wi accelerated processingloan american liberty consolidationloans acceptance ms biloxi203k loan fhaloans 401k hardshiploan mortgage insurance protection amp insuranceloan org pages student 2007 aes

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  1. […] Pitchfork reported this morning that Death Cab for Cutie will be heading to the Fillmore on April 23. Given that they’re releasing a new album May 13, the tour is totally unsurprising, but the choice of venue is. This is Death Cab after all. The same band that’s over one and a half million in total album sales. The same band that headlined (and sold out, if memory serves) the 8500 capacity Greek Theater. Much smaller (but still good) bands like Andrew Bird head to the 2100-capacity Warfield over the 1250 capacity Fillmore, so this is a surprise for sure. […]

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