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Arcade Fire has the #1 album in the country!

Spoon, somehow:

Let the record reflect that Merge Records is the NUMBER ONE LABEL IN THE USA! Here’s to Arcade Fire and Merge: #1—156k copies sold

Merge Records:

Congratulations to @arcadefire for having the # 1 record in the country! Thanks everyone for supporting the band and us!

Pop & Hiss:

The weekly numbers from Nielsen SoundScan aren’t given the official unveiling until Wednesday morning, but perhaps Chapel Hill, N.C.‘s Merge Records can be forgiven for not being totally hip to music industry embargoes. After all, it’s not often the indie label founded by Superchunk’s Laura Ballance and Mac McCaughan has the No. 1 album in the U.S. Heck, never mind often—the label has never topped the U.S. pop charts before.

SPOON_ARCADE_FIRE_SALES But despite a valiant effort from Eminem, the adventurous orchestral pop act Arcade Fire will find itself at No. 1 first thing Wednesday morning—errrr, probably, and most assuredly definitely, but Nielsen SoundScan isn’t talking.

Yet if Merge and its close-knit family of bands is to be believed, the Arcade Fire’s “The Suburbs” sold 156,000 copies in the U.S., according to Spoon’s official Twitter page. Yes, Spoon, the Austin, Texas-bred minimalist art-rockers, are the ones who broke the news of Arcade Fire’s first-week sales.

The 156,000 number—should it hold—rockets passed the first-week sales of the band’s “Neon Bible,” which bowed with 92,000 copies sold back in March of 2007. “Neon Bible” missed the No. 1 spot, albeit narrowly. The top-selling album that week was Notorious B.I.G.‘s “Greatest Hits,” which opened with 99,000 copies sold.