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Arcade Fire Blazes Way to No. 1 Album Release

Canada’s Arcade Fire predictably claimed the top rung of the U.S. Album chart last week, leading a field of six fresh titles into the national top 10.

The group’s dance-inflected “Reflektor” (Capitol) grabbed the apex with a 140,000-unit debut week, according to Nielsen SoundScan data for the week ending Nov. 3. Tally is off the 156,000-unit first-week pace of the Montreal act’s last release, 2010’s “The Suburbs,” which was the band’s first U.S. chart-topper and captured the album of the year Grammy in 2011.

The holiday season was officially kicked off by the arrival of Kelly Clarkson’s “Wrapped in Red” (RCA), which decked the halls at No. 3 with a 70,000-copy bow. It is the pop star and “American Idol” grad’s sixth consecutive top-five album.

Another seasonal title, and a somewhat unlikely one, made a novel debut at No. 4: “Duck the Halls” (EMI Nashville), a Yule collection by the hirsute duck-hunting Robertsons of the A&E series “Duck Dynasty.” The clan’s collection of Christmas standards and new tracks like “Camouflage and Christmas Lights” shifted 69,000.

Country singer Thomas Rhett’s self-titled Valory debut album notched a No. 6 debut with a 36,000-unit score. The Georgia-born singer-songwriter has penned hits for Lee Brice, Florida Georgia Line and Jason Aldean and collected a top five hit of his own with “It Goes Like This.”

Longtime country star Toby Keith boarded at No. 7 with “Drinks After Work” (Show Dog), which reaped 35,000 first-week sales. Keith continues a string of top-10 albums dating back to 2001, but with his lowest-charting release since that year’s “Pull My Chain,” which peaked at No. 9.

Finally, hard rock standby Linkin Park moved in at No. 10 with “Recharged” (Warner Bros.), moving 33,000. The low debut for the perennial chart-topper is deceptive: The new release is a collection of Rick Rubin-Mike Shinoda remixes of previously released material. Band’s last studio album, “Living Things,” hit No. 1 last year.

Holdovers included Katy Perry’s “Prism,” which dropped to No. 2 with 92,000 sold (a 68% decline); Drake’s “Nothing Was the Same” (No. 5, 38,000 sold, off 13%), Lorde’s “Pure Heroine” (No. 8, 34,000, down 14%) and Miley Cyrus’ “Bangerz” (No. 9, 33,000, off 24%). Drake’s title topped the 1 million sales mark in its sixth chart week this week.

Rapper Eminem’s “The Marshall Mathers LP 2,” his first since 2010’s widely-praised “Recovery,” should easily brush aside all comers on next week’s chart.

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