The Black Eyed Peas Steamroll the Charts


The Black Eyed Peas, whose The E.N.D. is completely successful as a work of bonkers zeitgeist, if not as an actual record–although SOTC officially pretty much fucks with about 60% of it–sold an astonishing 304,000 copies its first week out. Meanwhile, in a galaxy far, far away, the Dirty Projectors sold 8,000 copies of Bitte Orca, which for what it’s worth is 25,000 less than fellow critical darlings Grizzly Bear sold their first week out. The lesson is clear: don’t fuck with the Black Eyed Peas, even if you’re an abstruse, indie-targeted, prog version of the B-52s. [Billboard]