While this past week was generally rough on record sales, there's at least one bright spot in the Billboard chart- High Violet, the new album from The National, is the #3 record in the nation.
From Billboard, via Pitchfork:
New York rock band the National arrive at No. 3 with its fifth full-length album "High Violet," selling 51,000 -- its best week ever. The act's last set, "Boxer," debuted and peaked at No. 68 in 2007.
High Violet is a challenging, gorgeous, sad, and very grown-up sort of record- not the sort of thing you'd expect to keep company with Justin Bieber's My World 2.0. For those of you who appreciate a record that reveals more of its layers with each play, High Violet does the job nicely.
For those of you who missed it a couple of weeks ago, the New York Times ran a pretty solid feature story on the band.
And, in case you missed it, here's "Afraid of Everyone" on The Late Show with David Letterman: