Vampire Weekend top US albums chart

Band's success is first chart-topper for a British indie label in 19 years

Vampire Weekend have topped the US albums chart – marking the first time a British indie have reached the Number One spot in 19 years.

The band’s second album ‘Contra’ reached the summit of the Billboard Album Chart with 124,000 sales last week.

With the band signed to Britain’s XL Recordings, the label follows Virgin Records, who topped the charts with Paula Abdul‘s ‘Spellbound’ in 1991, a year before it was brought by current ‘major’ owners EMI.

“We’ve always seen Vampire Weekend as a band with limitless potential. They’ve now reached Number One in the world’s biggest market with an original, inventive, self-produced album,” declared Richard Russell who founded XL Recordings in 1989, initally as a dance label.

He added: “They have toured tirelessly and built a loyal fanbase. As a completely independent label we are proud to have given such an independently spirited band a platform to achieve this great success without compromise.”

Vampire Weekend’s ‘Contra’ entered the UK Albums chart at Number Three this week.

Vampire Weekend’s track-by-track guide to ‘Contra’