Nov 25th, 2008 // 10 Comments

In case you were wondering how the Week Of Big Albums Race is shaping up over in England, first-day sales totals have the Killers ahead of Axl and Co., 70,764 copies to 50,791. Some weirdo from X Factor named Rhydian is holding on to third; a bunch of priests are in the No. 4 slot; and Kanye West’s 808s & Heartbreak is well behind in fifth (16,530). Will Kanye fly to London and purchase 60,000 copies of his disc himself? Or will he just stick to some terse, all-caps blogging? It remains to be seen, but either way, something must be done. [Music Week]

  1. How do I say this ... THROWDINI!

    I went to Best Buy last night to pick up cds by GnR, The Killers, Kanye (and while I was there, I grabbed Alone II, Rivers’ second collection of Weezer castoffs). When I was paying, the clerk said “everyone’s buying these cds.” I asked which one’s specifically, and she said GnR and Kanye. So I guess the UK likes The Killers more than we do.

  2. dreamsneverend

    UK has always liked The Killers more than us.

  3. Nunya B

    Rhydian is, at least, a lot less unappealing than the actual winner of X Factor 2007.

  4. Anonymous

    c’mon, if there is any album that is absolutely begging to be downloaded and not actually purchased, it is an “artistic” project from whiny, petulant Kanye. Not that I’m condoning illegal downloading or anything.

  5. trapper

    @How do I say this … THROWDINI!: I had almost the exact same experience at my local Best Buy, only I didn’t get GNR, just The Killers & Kanye… Maybe New Jersey likes The Killers more, too?

  6. How do I say this ... THROWDINI!

    @trapper: Maybe they do, since this album seems to be a continuation of The Killers’ Bruce Springsteen fascination. (With the caveat that that opinion is based on only one listening.)

  7. Marth

    And hey, Idolator… you’re quoted on the cover-sticker of the new McCartney album!

  8. Maura Johnston

    @Marth: ???

  9. Marth

    @Maura Johnston: Yeah. Well, The Fireman album, technically. The promo sticker on the front of the CD case with the little reviewer blurbs, one of them is from “Idolator.” They also quote Pitchfork and Stereogum, so one could kind of guess what market they’re trying to push this thing into.

  10. Marth

    @Marth: By the way… I just noticed this is a UK-related post. I missed that originally, so it probably wasn’t the right place to post that. It’s on the US version, for sure; I can’t speak for the UK version. My bad.

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