Their new album may have leaked some two months early, but bumps from Colbert, Fallon, and Kanye, not to mention some stellar reviews, were enough to propel Bon Iver‘s self-titled sophomore LP to the No. 2 slot on the Billboard Top 200 Albums chart. Justin Vernon and co. sold an insanely impressive total of 104,000 albums in its first week, which was good enough to top heavyweights like Adele, Bad Meets Evil, and Lady Gaga. Only Jill Scott’s Light of the Sun sold more copies (135,000) over the last seven days.
Bon Iver’s accomplishment is all that more impressive when compared to some of the band’s contemporaries: The Decemberists and Fleet Foxes’ new albums each pushed some 10,000 less copies (94,000 and 92,000, respectively) in their first weeks of release.
And if all that weren’t enough, Bon Iver was the best-selling digital release on iTunes this week. It also debuted at #4 on the UK charts.
Your move, Bruce Hornsby.