'American Dream' shot straight to the top
LCD Soundsystem have earned their first number one album in America with their fourth full-length ‘American Dream’. It reached No.3 in the UK charts.
‘American Dream’ is the New York band’s first record since returning in 2016 for a series of shows across the globe.
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The album bagged 85,000 ‘album equivalent units’ in the week between its release August 31 and September 7. 81,000 of those represent traditional album sales.
The band’s 2010 album ‘This Is Happening’ peaked at No. 10 in America. Their 2007 record ‘Sound of Silver’ reached No. 46.
Last week, James Murphy revealed how he had planned for Leonard Cohen to feature on ‘American Dream’ before the Canadian icon died last year.
Murphy planned to borrow Cohen’s services for a spoken word section on ‘Black Screen’, the 12-minute epic that closes the record.
“When I worked on the last song of the record, I said I wanted a spoken word bit done at the end”, he told Crack Magazine.
“I said it would be amazing to have Lou Reed on the end of that song but he’d died. But then I said ‘I feel like I could talk to Leonard Cohen, let’s call Leonard Cohen and maybe he’ll do it’ and then he died like three days later and I’m like… ‘fuck off’. I’m not going to ask anybody else because they’re just going to die.”
He also opened up on the initial decision to reunite LCD Soundsystem, and said that he was backed by David Bowie after seeking advice on a comeback.
“I was talking to David Bowie, which is a luxurious thing to say. I said to him, ‘I’m really freaked out as I’ve started writing music, what am I going to do? What if I come back after we quit so perfectly?’”, Murphy said.
“David said to me, ‘does it make you feel uncomfortable to come back?’ I said ‘yes.’ He said ‘good, you should be uncomfortable to do something. You need to be uncomfortable.’ It was a funny thing to hear from him, because I always assumed he was comfortable all the time.”