With the release of Arcade Fire’s newest and fifth album Everything Now, Australians have gone crazy for it. The band just claimed its third no.1 album on the Billboard charts. It was released on 28 July, and earned 100,000 album units. The Billboard 200 chart ranks the most popular albums of the week in the U.S. based on multi-metric consumption, which includes traditional album sales, track equivalent albums and streaming equivalent albums.
Arcade Fire previously topped the charts with the release of Reflektyr in 2013 and The Suburbs in 2010, both of them which debuted at number one on the charts. Arcade Fire’s latest album Everything Now came second only to LINKIN PARK’s One More Light in 2017, and currently holds second place to Ed Sheeran’s Divide.
This album was very highly anticipated, and was also very well received. With fans all over Australia and the world, it came as no surprise that Arcade Fire was in the Top 3 in the Top 200 Billboard Charts. “Arcade Fire blast out an album of infectious pop songs with such irresistible uplift that it is impossible not to take flight and soar sky-high on these feel-good vibe” said Guido Farnell of Arcade Fire’s new album.
Other Top 10 contenders on the Billboard include Kendrick Lamar’s DAMN, which climbs 5-2 with 47,000 units. Meek Mill’s Wins and Losses hold a steady at no.3 on the charts. DJ Khaled’s Grateful moves up from 9-4 on the list. Jay-Z’s 4:44 also climbs 7-5 in its fourth week of being on the Billboard charts. Following that is Imagine Dragons’ Evolve, climbing back into the top 10. Lana Del Ray’s Lust for Life descended from no.1 to no.10 in its second week.
Overall, there were very mixed reviews for Arcade Fire’s Everything Now, with some critics highly praising it, while others claiming it was dull.
Departures in sound are often unwelcome when we’re already so happy with where a beloved band is, but, in this case, their experiments are a complete success. – The Independent (UK)
More comfortable in their dancing shoes, Arcade Fire have it both ways on Everything Now, zeroing in on our modern malaise while taking inspiration from more concise dance-pop styles. – Rolling Stones
Everything now could stand to be more disciplined, though its looseness is also a reminder of how Arcade Fire leaped past its indie-rock peers by being an honest-to-goodness hot, swinging combo, feeding off each other and the crowd. Building off those chops and that adulation, Win Butler and his mates developed a sound as ornate, ceremonial, and transcendent as a church service. – The A.V. Club