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Wednesday, April 29, 2009

UPDATED: Pet Shop Boys Land Their Highest-Charting U.S. Album Since 'Very'

The Pet Shop Boys' 10th studio set Yes has charted at #32 on the Billboard Top 200 Albums according to MTV, making it their highest-placed record since Very hit #20 in 1993.

Yes also marks Neil Tennant and Chris Lowe's first Top 40 album in the States since Bilingual made #39 in 1996.

The PSBs' last album, Fundamental, reached #150 in the U.S., selling around 5,000 copies in its first week. Yes apparently moved about 14,000 copies.

In some ways you probably have to chalk it up to great reviews from prominent magazines such as Entertainment Weekly, Rolling Stone and Spin, and interviews with places like CNN. Oh, and the music, of course. (And my incessant blogging about them. Ha.)

A new interview with the Pet Shop Boys went up yesterday on the Village Voice website.

SIDE NOTE: Yes is now the fourth highest-charting album in America from the Boys, following Please (#7, 1986), Actually (#25, 1987) and Very (#20, 1993).

* EP's-Worth Of New Material On Next Pet Shop Boys Single
* My Track-By-Track Review Of Pet Shop Boys' Yes
* Pet Shop Boys' Very At 15: How Can I Even Try To Explain?

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  • At 11:23 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    And those rave reviews are much deserved. "YES" is absolutely brilliant and my favorite album of 2009 so far. It's so nice to see PSB having a mini resurgence in the US.

  • At 11:56 AM, Blogger will said…

    amazing news!

  • At 2:36 PM, Blogger xolondon said…

    When are they going to talk to YOU Robbie!? It would be the ultimate match-up!

  • At 4:16 PM, Blogger John said…

    Or it could also be that they returned to their more upbeat pop that people expect from them.

  • At 10:54 PM, Blogger Moogaboo said…

    Can I just say how much I don't like the album artwork? It really does nothing for me. Their previous forays into minimalism were always fascinating, chic; somehow this comes off as uninspired. Ok, end of rant...

  • At 3:04 PM, Anonymous oPaul said…

    It's a great album...which makes its success in the US even more shocking.

  • At 9:20 PM, Blogger Substantula said…

    Very happy about this. The limited edition has a great collaboration with Phil Oakey as well. And I dig the artwork. It's inspired by the minimalist artist Gerhard Richter. Check it:



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