Kris Chen of XL Recordings On The Roll-Out of Vampire Weekend’s (Second) No. 1 Album

This week – and for the second time in their career — Vampire Weekend topped the Billboard 200 chart with their acclaimed new album “Modern Vampires of the City,” which sold an impressive 134,000 copies, according to Nielsen SoundScan. Their last album, 2010’s “Contra,” also topped the chart  but by ten thousand less copies than “Modern,” which interestingly was streamed in full on iTunes before last week’s release. Billboard emailed with Kris Chen, head of XL Recordings U.S., the band’s label, to find out more about the album’s roll-out, the personnel responsible for its success and, of course, how Steve Buscemi helped. Read more on this story here…

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